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Summer of Discovery

Summer of Discovery is going completely virtual! Check back on June 15 to register!


Teen and Adult Summer of Discovery Volunteer Opportunities!

Teen Volunteers (grades 6-12): While we are not able to offer volunteer desk shifts at the libraries this summer, you can volunteer and earn volunteer hours by:

  • Helping others in the community along as you follow current recommended safety practices for yourself and others. Examples of eligible volunteering include making masks, helping a neighbor with yardwork, and reading to siblings or grandparents. Teens can record hours in the Count Me In Boulder system and receive volunteer credit hours.
  •  Participating in Boulder Teen Advisory Board (BTAB) & Teen Chats on Wednesdays from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. via Zoom (30 minutes of sharing ideas and brainstorming about events for teens/tweens and 30 minutes participating in fun activities). Teens will receive 30 minutes of credit for volunteer hours for each week of participation.

Learn More and Apply to Volunteer

Summer of Discovery Participant Information

Pre-Readers, Readers and Teens – follow these directions:

Pre-readers Readers Teens
Halfway Complete 7 activities. Read 400 minutes and complete 2 activities. Complete 3 activities and read 3 books.
Finish Complete all 15 activities. Read 400 more minutes and complete 2 more activities. Complete 3 more activities and read 3 more books.

See an example of the pre-readers/readers log. Artwork created by Johnny Draco.

See an example of the teen card deck and teen log. Artwork created by Angelique Koblick.

Prizes for Pre-Readers, Readers and Teens*:

Registration Halfway Final
  1. Button
  1. Cold Stone Ice Cream Coupon
  1. Book
  2. Free Gateway Ticket
  3. Free entry into Museum of Boulder
  4. For TeensPopSocket

*Prizes available while supplies last. Check back soon to find out how to claim prizes. 

Adults instructions:

Register online soon! Read three books and participate in three activities to complete the Summer of Discovery.

Halfway Complete a combination of 3 books and/or activities.
Finish Read a total of 3 books and complete 3 activities.

See an example of the adult log.

Prizes for Adults*:

Registration Halfway Final
  1. Button
  1. Gaitor
  1. Gateway Coupon
  2. Entry into the Museum of Boulder

*Prizes available while supplies last. Check back soon to find out how to claim prizes.

Summer of Discovery Programs:

Programs for ChildrenEnjoy magic shows, learn to draw, and discover how raptors adapt to survive in the wild!

Programs for Teens and Tweens: Dance with Block 1750, learn how to design body art with henna, and create comics!

Programs for Adults: Strengthen your bond with baby through infant massage and yoga, work with herbs to boost your health, and discover what is up with NASA!

Summer Reading Suggestions

Book Suggestions for Children by Category

Staff Book Lists

Thanks to our Summer of Discovery Sponsors:

Boulder Library Foundation
Sponsor Museum of Boulder
Gateway Fun Park
Coldstone Creamery
Sponsor PopSocket