SPPL Offers Summer Learning Programs

SAINT PAUL, MN – The Saint Paul Public Library will be offering a number of free programs to keep youth engaged and learning this summer – Summer Spark, Maker Camps, one-to-one reading tutoring, and an opportunity to read away library fines and fees.  
"Summer is such a critical time for kids to stay engaged in reading and learning, and the library is always looking for ways to support Saint Paul's children and teens in a fun, welcoming, education-rich environment, “ said Kelsey Johnson-Kaiser, the library’s Youth Services Manager. “The library’s summer programming for youth, including Summer Spark, encourages kids and families to enjoy free, literacy-rich activities from the moment school ends to starting back up in September and beyond."
The library’s summer youth activities are described below:
Summer Spark
Summer Spark encourages kids to have fun, stay active, and keep learning all summer long. Youth participate by attending free programs at the library and earning prizes by completing reading and activity challenges. The program runs June 1 through August 31 and is for ages 0-18. Learn more at sppl.org/summer.

Teen Summer Spark
Teens can participate in Summer Spark by reading and rating books of their choice and enter to win great prizes, including a Nintendo Switch. Just for fun, teens can vote at their local Saint Paul library for their favorite summer reads. See a suggested reading list just for teens and learn more at sppl.org/summer/teens.
Maker Camps
Maker Camps start on June 26 and provide hands-on, drop-in activities for youth ages 8-12. Maker Camps are an opportunity for youth to be engaged and inspired by STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) concepts. Learn more at sppl.org/camp.

Summer Reads
Summer Reads encourages reading skills for children entering 1st through 4th grades. One-to-one tutoring, group activities, and outdoor fun will be provided at three library locations this summer. Registration begins today, May 15 at Arlington Hills Community Center, Highland Park, and Sun Ray. Learn more at sppl.org/summer-reads

Summer Snacks
Youth can stop by Arlington Hills, Rice Street, Highland Park, Riverview, and West 7th for free snacks and meals throughout the summer. Learn more at sppl.org/summer.
Family Read Down
To help families reduce fines owed, the library is offering Family Read Downs throughout the summer. Kids, teens, and adults reading with kids or teens will earn $1 off of fines and fees for every 15 minutes spent reading in the library. Be sure to check in at the desk before starting to read. 

Summer Spark is generously supported by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, MELSA, Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Ecolab Foundation, Elizabeth Biorn Endowment, Ethel Ridgway Endowments, Carl Benson Endowment, Lillian Wright and C. Emil Berglund Foundation, Kare11, Macy's, MN State Fair, MN Twins, Pioneer Press, Kowalski’s Markets, Red Balloon Bookshop, Staples Foundation, and the Star Tribune.