Summer Learning for Kids & Teens

Read for the Win!

Summer Learning for Kids

Kids can sign up for the Summer Learning Challenge at any branch of Marin County Free Library.  Each child receives a folder where they can keep track of the minutes they have read, and receive suggestions for fun learning activities.

Kids earn a Book Buck for every 100 minutes they read (or are read to), and they can earn an extra book buck by completing the 5 activities on the back of the reading record.  Book Bucks can be exchanged for a variety of prizes.   Visit your local branch to see the prizes available.  Kids who complete the Learning Challenge will receive a Gold Medal Reader button.

Kids can also choose to donate their Book Buck to our Giving Program.  This year Friends of the Library will donate a dollar to Marin Special Olympics for every Book Buck donated (up to $500).

Kids who participate in library summer reading programs are better prepared for the next school year: a White House study found that reading 5 books over the summer prevents learning loss.

Summer Learning for Teens

Teens participate online at:

Test your knowledge with fun quizzes related to sports, Marin, books and other trivia to get points, earn badges and win prizes.  Participants will be able to keep track of the competition on the leader board.

Teens earn 25 pts for book reviews, testing knowledge, and library events, and 10 pts for outside library activities. Badges are earned at 25, 150, 400 and 600 points. Turn in a badge to receive a prize. Top point earners are eligible for grand prize of iPad.

Teen Summer Learning

About Summer Learning

Special events are scheduled at all branches during the summer.  Puppet shows, maker programs, and the ever-popular “Read to a Dog” are just some of the programs which will be offered for kids.   Henna, mini-Maker camp, movie night, cosplay are just a few of the Teen events. MCFL is dedicated to providing educational programming for young people during summer months, keeping children engaged in reading and connected to their communities while out of school.

The Summer Reading Program is funded entirely by the generosity of the Friends of the Marin County Free Library.