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Summer of Discovery 2018

Summer of Discovery Poster

May 30 – July 31

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Teens! We need your help!

Do you love books and reading? Do you want to be a positive role model? If so, VOLUNTEER to help with the Summer of Discovery!

You will: Register participants for the Summer of Discovery, answer questions about the program, talk to the kids about the books they have read, help with events, help with record keeping, distribute information, and award prizes!

You are:

  • 12 -18 years old
  • Responsible
  • Computer savvy
  • Excited to talk to kids and to be an ambassador of reading
  • Able to volunteer at least 2 hours a week and a minimum of 6 hours throughout the summer
  • Willing to complete the mandatory volunteer training
  • Most of all, excited about books and reading and want to help kids discover how much fun reading is!

Questions? Contact your local library for more information at 303-441-3100.  Applications due date extended.

Summer of Discovery Commercial

(Created by the Boulder Teen Advisory Board @ Main.)

How to Participate in Summer of Discovery:

Register in-person for the Summer of Discovery at any Boulder Public Library location starting May 30!

Or, register online and pick up your reading log or teen card deck after May 30 at your local library.

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

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

See an example of the pre-readers/readers log and teen card deck and teen log.

Pre-readers, readers, and teens – collect your prizes by July 31*:

Registration Halfway Final
  1. Bloomin’ Plantable Paper Shape
  2. Digital Colorado Rapids Voucher
  3. Digital Rio Nachos Coupon
  1. Cold Stone Ice Cream Coupon
  1. Book
  2. Free Gateway Ticket
  3. Choice of: sunglasses, earbuds, or fannypack
  4. For Teens – Grand Prize Drawing
    for Visa gift card

*while supplies last

Adults: New this Year!

Read 5 books and participate in 3 local activities – from hiking a Boulder trail to attending a free concert! Register at any Boulder Public Library location and check in once per week to be entered in to a weekly drawing for a Downtown Boulder Gift Card. See an example of the adult log which highlights various free activities for you to participate in this summer.

Adult volunteers needed for Summer of Discovery events! Get involved and help with outreach to schools, assisting at special programs, or registering adults for the Summer of Discovery program.

Summer of Discovery Events

Kick Off Events:  Wednesday, May 30, 10:15 a.m.. At each library location, enjoy a special storytime and rock painting to celebrate the beginning of nine weeks of reading and library adventures ahead!

Events for Families and Children

Events for Teens

Events for Adults

Events in our BLDG 61 Makerspace 

Boulder SummerFest: Saturday, July 28 10 – 2 p.m. at the Civic Area & Main Library Lawn outside the Canyon entrance of the Main Boulder Public Library.


Summer Reading Suggestions

Book Suggestions for Children by Category

Staff Book Lists


Thanks to our Summer of Discovery Sponsors:

Updated foundation logo
Boulder Parks & RecreationColdstone CreameryBloomin' Logo

Colorado RapidsRio Grand Mexican Restaurant