2019 Children’s Summer Reading Program

This year’s Summer Reading Program theme is “A Universe of Stories!”.  It’s open to elementary school-age children, preschoolers, toddlers, and caregivers with infants.

The program is free and tailored for a variety of learning styles and age groups: Pre-K, K-2 grades, and 3-5 grades (based upon the school level just completed).  Children may choose to do a Reading Log or a Challenge Sheet or do both. We leave it up to them to choose the option that best suits their  learning abilities.

Participants receive an activity packet to keep track of their participation. Prizes are awarded for reaching reading goals and completing challenges. Those who finish the whole program receive 3 free books and 3 chances to win special prizes geared for each level.

Program registration begins at 12 noon on Thursday, June 13 at the Library. You also may register at our special Wednesday performances at the Friday Harbor Elementary School (FHES) Pavilion and at our Friday Outdoor Preschool Story and Play Times at the San Juan Island Fairgrounds.

Our first of five scheduled performances will be the Jeff Evans Magic Show on Wednesday, June 26 at 1:30 PM. Please bring chairs or blankets for seating. The Summer Reading Program ends with another fantastic show featuring crowd pleaser Brian Ledbetter and our grand finale raffle drawings on Wednesday, July 24 at 1:30 PM.

Registration is not required to attend any of our special events or storytimes. However, registration is required for winning prizes and getting a free activity packet.

Contact the Library for more information: 360-278-2798.

Thanks and Have a Great Summer!

A Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program Kick-Off

Thursday, June 13 at 12 noon

Students K—5

Jedi Training Academy

Take a quick Jedi Training Academy course at the library’s Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program kick-off party. We have activities planned for you and a cool galactic photo booth with Star Wars props. Register for our Reading Program while you munch on snacks from our Library Cantina.  It’s all free courtesy of the Friends of the San Juan Island Library.


Summer Reading Program Events

A Universe of Stories Outdoor Preschool Story & Play Times at the Fairgrounds

Fridays at 10:30 AM

Special Activities for Preschoolers

Each Friday morning at 10:30 AM we’ll host stories and activities at the Fairgrounds on Argyle St. No prior registration required. Free!

We are excited to present stories and crafts about the universe.

Friday, June 28Stories and the construction of a rocket playhouse.

Friday, July 5Stories and building a solar system mobile.

Friday, July 12Stories and construction of a comet on a stick.

Friday, July  19Stories and construction of a galaxy pinwheel.

Friday, July 26 — Stories and a surprise space-related activity.

Friday, August 2Stories and construction of a Mars landing rover. We also will host a picnic lunch, courtesy of the Friends of the San Juan Island Library.





Wednesday Performances at Friday Harbor Elementary School

All Wednesday Performances start at 1:30 PM under the Pavilion at Friday Harbor Elementary School, located at 95 Grover Street.
We suggest you bring beach or camp chairs and blankets for comfort as the Pavilion floor is concrete. Thank you!

Jeff Evans, Simply Magic

Wednesday, June 26 at 1:30 PM

Magician Jeff Evans’ career began from a book on coin tricks he found at his grandparents’ house when he was 12. He’s won lots of awards for his exciting magic tricks!

Linda Severt’s Juggletunes

Wednesday, July 3 at 1:30 PM

Juggletunes is a unique and entertaining performance featuring music expertly played by Linda while weaving juggling, puppetry and hilarious physical comedy into her shows to great effect.

Cowboy Buck and Elizabeth

Wednesday, July 10 at 1:30 PM

This duo puts on a high energy show which includes interactive musical comedy with dance, sing-along, and ventriloquism. Their music and their personalities are sure to charm audiences of all ages.

Eric Haines’ One-Man-Band 

Wednesday, July 17 at 1:30 PM

Comedian Eric Haines is a born entertainer with amazing abilities as a one man band, singer, guitarist, banjo player, marionette puppeteer, unicyclist, juggler, and stilt-walker.  Come be entertained.

Brian Ledbetter, Magician ~ Wednesday, July 24 at 1:30 PM

Everyone is invited to this special event.  Brian Ledbetter’s light-hearted, interactive show is loaded with audience participation along with a few good laughs…and it all revolves around very solid and crowd-pleasing magic. Fast paced, fun, and totally amazing!

Grand Finale Party (after Brian Ledbetter), Wednesday, July 24

Join us for cupcakes and juice after Brian Ledbetter’s performance. Our prizes this year are family movie passes. Lucky drawing winners from each reading level will win family passes to the Palace Theater.

Community One Read: October Sky by Homer Hickam

Starting June 13, 2019 free paperback copies are available on a first-come first-serve basis. Pick your copy up at the Library front desk. One per patron or family, please. Sponsored by the San Juan Island Library Adult and Youth Services.

The Film, October Sky
Saturday, July 27 at 7 PM

Party and Book Discussion
Saturday, Aug. 3 at 7 PM

Read the Memoir, Watch the Movie and Dare to Dream!

It was 1957, the year Sputnik raced across the Appalachian sky, and the small town of Coalwood, West Virginia, was slowly dying. Faced with an uncertain future, Sonny Hickam (aka Homer Hickam, Jr.) nurtured a dream: to learn how to build a rocket so he could work in the space business.

The introspective son of Homer Hickam, the mine superintendent, and Elsie Lavender Hickam, a woman determined to get her sons out of Coalwood forever, Sonny gathered in five other boys and convinced them to help him.

Along the way, the boys learn not only how to turn scraps of metal into sophisticated rockets but manage to give the people of Coalwood hope that the future will be brighter, at least for their children.

As Sonny’s parents fight in different ways to save their sons, and the people of Coalwood come together to help their Rocket Boys, Sonny and the Big Creek Missile Agency light up the sky with their flaming projectiles and dreams of glory.

Special thanks to The Friends of the San Juan Island Library for financially supporting the entire Summer Reading Program.  Due to their generosity and commitment, the Summer Reading Program is free for all children and families.