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Summer Reading Challenge

Adventure Awaits at MRL June 3rd-August 4th - Join Us!

Adventure begins at your library this summer as MRL's Summer Reading Challenge takes place June 3, 2024-August 4, 2024. MRL welcomes people of all ages - from birth through adults- to take part in the fun this summer!

Participating is easy as 1, 2, 3!
  1. Register through Beanstack at this link (or by clicking the logo below) starting June 3. Be sure to include your name and/or phone number so we can contact you if you win a prize drawing!
  2. Track your reading through the web browser or app version and earn prizes!
  3. Attend free events! With over 120 events happening this summer, there's something for every age and interest! Click here for our full calendar!
Who can participate in MRL's Summer Reading Challenge?

Everyone! From birth to 99+ all people in MRL's service area are welcome to join in the fun!

How does the Summer Reading Challenge work?

Ages 0-11:

  • Log minutes spent reading or listening to books. You can even set a timer in Beanstack to count the minutes for you!
  • Earn prizes and coupons for FREE food and other goodies for every 120 minutes of reading.
  • Read 600 minutes and you’ll receive more coupons for FREE goodies and a FREE book.
  • Every 120 minutes logged earns 2 raffle tickets for a prize drawing. You can choose what prize raffles you'd like to enter with these tickets through Beanstack. Click here to see the full list of kids' prizes
  • Pick up your Free Friday wristband at your local branch to gain free admission to the businesses below!
  • Have more questions? Click on this Tips & Tricks Sheet for Caregivers or contact dmunro@mrlib.org.

Ages 12-17:

Ages 18+:

  • Log books when finished reading.
  • Every book logged during the week enters you into the weekly prize drawing.
  • Every book logged during the summer enters you into the grand prize raffle at the end of the program. Details on adult prizes coming soon!

Additional notes:


Free Fridays ... Just for MRL Kids!

Free Fridays are back this summer and though adventure begins at your library ... it continues across our Valley too!

Starting June 3rd, after you register online for our 2024 Summer Reading Challenge, stop by any MRL branch to get your Free Friday wristband, which will give registered MRL kids free admission at all these great local businesses! Just wear your FF wristband and you're in (but please be sure to note any restrictions on admission, age or weight, or waivers before you go)!

Save the dates with your family and make plans to take advantage of the free fun for kids at the following businesses:

Mulligan's Golf Center - June 14th 9AM-8PM: Kids from age birth to 17 who show their Free Friday wristband will get one free game of 18 holes mini-golf. Accompanying adults or others without wrist bands pay to play.

Luray Caverns - June 21st 9AM-7PM: Kids from birth to 17 who show their Free Friday wristband receive free admission to the caverns! Accompanying adults and children without wristbands pay full admission.

Horizons Edge Sports Campus - June 28th 2PM-7PM: Free 30 minute Clip 'n Climb session for children 22lbs. or heavier who show their Free Friday wristband. Come to this session or the one on July 26th, or both! Legal guardians must complete and sign the Horizons Edge waiver (found at this link) before a child will be permitted to climb. Must wear closed-toe, closed-heel shoes in order to climb.

Harrisonburg Turks Baseball - July 19th 7:30PM: Kids from birth to 17 who show their Free Friday wristband receive free admission to the game! Accompanying adults and children without wristbands pay full admission.

Horizons Edge Sports Campus - July 26th 2PM-7PM: Free 30 minute Clip 'n Climb session for children 22lbs. or heavier who show their Free Friday wristband. Come to this session or the one on June 28th, or both ! Legal guardians must complete and sign the Horizons Edge waiver (found at this link) before a youth will be permitted to climb. Must wear closed toe closed heel shoes in order to climb.

THANK YOU Free Friday businesses - we can't wait to adventure with you this summer!


Three Cheers for the 2024 Summer Reading Challenge Sponsors!

MRL's Summer Reading Challenge can only happen thanks to our generous community! As a nonprofit library system with limited funding, we are grateful for all the generous sponsors who have financially supported the 2024 Summer Reading Challenge. Please extend your thanks to the fine businesses below as well as all the prize donors who have given goods, coupons, free admission, and more to make our program successful. Thank you for valuing your library system!

Platinum Level Sponsor: Kiwanis of Harrisonburg

Gold Level Sponsors: Elkton Eyecare, LD&B Insurance, Rockingham Insurance, Summit Community Bank

Silver Level Sponsors: BotkinRose, LLC, DuPont Community Credit Union, Park View Federal Credit Union

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Have questions about Summer Reading for children (ages 0-17)? Email: dmunro@mrlib.org

Have questions about Summer Reading for adults (ages 18+)? Email kgrose@mrlib.org

Would you like to support Summer Reading financially? Email mghughes@mrlib.org

 


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