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Posted on: May 16, 2018

Anoka County Summer Library Experience Starts June 1

Summer Library Experience - MELSA Summer at Your Library

Anoka County Library’s summer library experience, Summer at Your Library, is a celebration of summer reading and learning. Whether it’s an eBook, audiobook, or paper copy, the library has plenty of options for kids to read this summer, June 1 – August 18.

“Anoka County Libraries are vibrant places serving diverse patrons,” says Maggie Snow, the Library director. “Our summer library programming reflects this diversity, offering children and teens opportunities to learn, grow, and explore throughout the summer.”

Anoka County Library has more than 100 programs for kids of all ages and interests to inspire reading and learning in the summer. It’s not just about summer reading; the library offers a wide variety of summer activities for youth and families.

Explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with fun hands-on projects using all sorts of gadgets. Teen volunteers run these fun and informational programs for younger children.

Families can come see engaging musical shows featuring Jack & Kitty or The Jolly Pops. Comic jugglers Alan Johnson or Sean Emery and yo-yo master Dazzling Dave will keep kids and adults laughing and engaged with their performances. All the performances are free and open to the public, but seating is limited.


Kids can win a free book in the library’s Read, Write, Draw program by writing or drawing a review of a favorite book. For other books read this summer, children and teens can enter the Read It! Rate It! Contest for a chance to win tickets to Bunker Beach, Twins games, the Crayola Experience, Sea Life at the Mall of America, or the Minnesota State Fair.

The Read Down Your Fines program in June and July allows children and teens to reduce their fines by spending time reading in the library. Ask your librarian for more information.

Summer at Your Library is sponsored in part by the Friends of Anoka County Library, which supports the library and connects the community to ideas, information, and inspiration through special events and programs, membership development, and fundraising. MELSA, the Metropolitan Library Service Area, provides funding for the Library’s summer programming. Many of the programs are made possible with funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Most programs are held at Anoka County libraries, but other locations include Blaine High School and Bunker Hills Activity Center. Programs are hands-on, creative, and most important, fun!  Program registration is now open. To find all events, visit online events calendar or pick up a schedule at your local library.

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