The Seattle Public Library recently launched its 2021 Summer of Learning program, which has the theme “What’s Your Story?” To participate, once children have picked up their Summer of Learning posters, available at all Library locations that are offering in-building or curb-side services, they can start using the writing and drawing prompts to fill in the poster and explore and create their stories. They can describe moods as colors, invent a dance, write a letter to their bestie and map their identities, among many other activities. Kids are encouraged to share their stories with friends, family and community members.

Multilingual versions, more activities: The Summer of Learning website, www.spl.org/SummerofLearning, features more prompts and hands-on activities, as well as downloadable versions of the flier in multiple languages. People can also find poetry templates, book trackers for children and teens, coloring sheets featuring the artwork from the poster and book lists. 

Reading recommendations: To fire up summer reading, the “What’s Your Story” poster and website include book lists and reading recommendations associated with the activities.

Reading logs: Want to keep track of reading? Find a book tracker for kids and teens at www.spl.org/SummerofLearning. Download Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Summer Book Bingo cards for youth ages 17 and under, or enroll in Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading Program for students grades 1-6.

Virtual programming: Because of safety concerns related to the pandemic, the Library is not offering in-person programming this summer, but families will be able to explore their stories through virtual programming to be aired later this summer. Check www.spl.org/Calendar and the Library’s Kids’ YouTube channel for the latest virtual programs.