Each May, the Library partners with local schools to host a bookmark design contest for students in grades K-6th. Winning bookmarks are printed and distributed to Library patrons throughout the summer months as part of the annual Summer Reading Program.
Youth Services staff sponsor an activity booth at the annual San Juan Island Children’s Festival, held the first Saturday in May.
Sasquatch Reading Award:
The San Juan Island Library promotes the Sasquatch Reading Award. This is the statewide children’s choice book award for grades 3rd-6th. Children read at least two of the 12 nominated books and vote for their favorite at the Library or the local public school.
Youth Services staff and volunteers visit public and private schools and preschools regularly to promote books, reading, Library programs, and literary contests.
Summer Reading Program:
This literacy and learning enrichment program is held each summer and is open to all island children, teens, and families. The program features reading incentives, a way to earn prizes and free books, and professional performances held each Wednesday afternoon at the Friday Harbor Elementary School.
Youth Services staff will pull books based on a given topic to be delivered to the classroom or for pick up at the Library.
Welcome Home Baby:
This ongoing program is a joint partnership of the San Juan Island Library, Friends of the San Juan Island Library, and the San Juan Island Family Resource Center. Baby bags are given to parents of newborn island children to provide support and awareness of the importance of early literacy and learning.