Pre-Register for Summer Challenge

Monday, June 5, 2017

Summer Challenge 2017


Pre-Registration has begun for the 2017 Summer Challenge. Sign up at, then come by one of our libraries to pick up your signup prize! Start logging your books June 17. 

The Summer Challenge allows participants to earn online badges and chances to win prizes donated by local businesses. Children receive a free day pass to Rutherford pool just for signing up. This year, the program has been streamlined so family members can play together, from babies to adults. We challenge everyone to read, learn and explore Ypsi. Each book read or listened to, each library program attended, and each challenge completed is worth one chance at winning a themed basket of prizes. Everyone who reads at least 6 books is eligible for a small prize--kids and teens get to pick out a book to keep and adults get earbuds. Librarians designed special challenges for each age group. Parents are challenged to do activities with their pre-reader that will build the skills kids need to start kindergarten. Adults can attend First Friday music and art events or check out a Michigan Activity Pass and visit a museum and earn badges. There’s something for everyone!

“The Summer Challenge encourages kids to take advantage of the library and other community resources, to read, learn, discover and create all summer. We hope the online program’s badges and prizes will make tracking individual and family learning fun so everyone is ready to return to school in the fall,” said Jodi Krahnke, head of Youth Services at YDL.

A key part of the goal of Summer Challenge is to reduce what is known as the “Summer Slide,” in which students lose literacy skills during the summer. According to the International Reading Association, 45% of middle-class elementary school students lose some literacy skills over the summer, and the rate is much higher for lower-income students. Having access to books and encouragement to read during the summer helps reduce the achievement gap and makes kids better prepared to return to school in the fall. “YDL is passionate about learning. We want all children to succeed in school. By making reading fun and rewarding, we help build life-long habits that form stronger readers, engaged community members, and a brighter Ypsilanti,” said Mary Garboden, Head of Outreach Services.

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