All Arlington residents big and small are invited to experience the Arlington Public Library in a new way this summer. Discover books, art, and music and participate in digital challenges all while winning fun prizes. Our ‘Discover Summer’ program will give patrons an opportunity to experience events like beekeeping, pottery, poetic storytelling, and more!

The ‘Discover Summer’ program runs from Saturday, May 21, 2022, through Sunday, July 31, 2022, at all library locations. Originally known as our Summer Reading Challenge, this year we want to show patrons a different side of the library. Free programs, classes, concerts, and more will be available for all ages. Pick up your ‘Discover Summer’ magazine at any library location or download it today to keep up with all we have lined up!


How to Participate

    How to Participate

    Youth & Teens

    Participants must log five hours of reading and complete both the Sail the Seven Seas Badge and Land Ho! Badge in the Beanstack app to complete the challenge. When finished, youth and teens will receive instructions on how they can collect their prizes. Finish additional challenges for a chance to win rewards and get tickets for prize drawings. More rewards and tickets for prize drawings are available by fulfilling additional challenges.


    Participants must log ten hours of reading and obtain one activity badge in the Beanstack app to complete the challenge. Use accumulated tickets to choose which prize drawing to enter. The more challenges that are done, the more tickets you earn and the more chances to win a prize. Increase your chances of winning by participating in as many challenges as possible.



    What is Beanstack?

    No more paper logs, we are transitioning over to the Beanstack app. Download it today!

    Beanstack is the world’s easiest way to keep track of all the books you read this summer. When you create a Beanstack account for yourself or your family, you’re instantly connected to the Arlington Public Libraries' reading programs, so you’ll get credit for every minute and every page. We’ll keep all your stats for you, cheer you on while you work towards your program goals, and let you know when you’ve earned prizes. When your library’s program ends, you keep your account, and your reading history it’s always free, and you can keep right on logging your leisure reading. When the next library program comes around, no need to re-register just click on it, and you’re in.

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    Important Dates

    Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. to noon

    Discover Summer Kickoff Celebration 

    Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St.

    Enjoy fun activities and bust a move at the Library’s summer Kickoff Celebration. Enjoy family, adult, and teen activities at the Levitt Pavilion. Then head over to the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library for more activities! This event is free and open to the public.

    Wednesday, June 1

    First day to pick up prizes 

    Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m. to noon

    Discover Summer End Party 

    George W. Hawkes Downtown Library

    Summer's over, but we're going out with a bang! Join us as we wrap up Discover Summer with a big celebration. We will have music and activities at the Levitt Pavilion across the street as well as fun events at the library. Stop by to hang out, pick up prizes, and have a great time. This event is free and open to the public.

    Don’t miss this season of summer fun with the Arlington Public Library. Visit our calendar to check out all the fun summer programming we have in store for you and your family or stop by any library location for more information.

    Sunday, July 31

    Last Day to log reading minutes for the summer

    Friday, August 12

    Last day to pick up prizes



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