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Fizz, Boom, Summer Reading!

Girl with cloud, official Fizz Boom Read artworkTwo scientists, a magician, snakes and an assortment of unusual animals are waiting for you at the library this summer! "Fizz, Boom, Read!" is the theme for children birth through fifth grade. The program runs from June 2 to August 2 and awards participants for how much time they read. Children and teens can register and track their progress online or pick up a paper reading log at their nearest branch.

Younger readers must read at least 15 minutes a day for five days and complete two activities each week to win prizes. After reading for 300 minutes-- or four weeks-- they will earn their summer reading certificate. If they want to win more prizes, they can read an additional 400 minutes and do four activities to become Big Bang Bonus Readers.

To encourage adults to read aloud to younger children, the library is offerering a Parents as Reading Partners program that rewards families with prizes for reading four books together. View the official instructions and accompanying activities for all three reading incentive programs here.

Boy and robot in chair offical summer reading artworkSixth through twelfth graders can participate in the Spark a Reaction teen program, which uses bingo cards to direct reading and participation in library events. In addition to their name being entered into a grand prize drawing for each bingo completed, smaller prizes will be awarded along the way. You can view and print off a copy of the bingo card here.

Among the many activities planned this summer are concerts by singer Rick Rayburn; visits from science educators Nitro Joe and Mad Science of Kansas City; magic shows by Adam White; nature walks; and animal shows by Missouri Conservation Department naturalist Shelly Cox and the Kansas City Zoomobile. See our calendar of events for dates and times.

Teen events include programs by local author Julie Casey; programs by local race car driver Chuck Ziolkowski; duct tape art crafts; remote-control car races; and fun science experiments.

The Summer Reading Program is supported by donations from the Friends of the Library, many local businesses and a major grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which is the primary source of federal support for libraries and museums. The federal grant program is administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.