Summer Reading for Kids, Teens & Adults

Summer Reading for Kids, Teens & Adults

June 5 – August 7:

Explore a great book, a new hobby, or a unique perspective by participating in our summer reading programs for kids, teens and adults.

Summer Explorers

Join Owliver for a summer of exploration and fun!  Read, write, create, and investigate with our summer reading program for kids from June 5 through August 7. This year’s summer reading program is a joint program of Stillwater and Bayport Public Libraries. Learn how to get started with our 2021 Summer Explorer’s video.

Register for Summer Explorers

This summer, explore art, music, science, nature and more with Owliver! 

Step 1 – Register: Sign up for Summer Explorers ONLINE. Registration opens May 15, 2021. We will be using Beanstack, an online tool to track reading and activities.

  • If you previously enrolled in a reading challenge on Beanstack, log in using the same account information. If you do not remember your account information, select “I forgot my password” to reset your account.
  • If you have never used Beanstack, create an account online or download the Beanstack app. When registering, click on “Register an Individual or Family.” Then create an account and add readers.

Step 2 – Pick Up Your Summer Explorer Bag and Free Book: Once you have registered, stop by the library beginning on Saturday, June 5 to pick up your Summer Explorer bag. This bag is packed with an exploration tracker, journal, bookmark and a surprise. You may also select a free book to jump start your summer reading adventures! 

Step 3 – Log Your Reading and Activities: Throughout the summer, log reading minutes from any reading format, from books to audiobooks, or reading aloud with your family. You can log your reading minutes and any activities completed in Beanstack or in the exploration tracker.

Step 4 – Earn Badges and A Chance to Win Prizes: Collect virtual badges in Beanstack for both your reading and activities. With your Beanstack registration, you also qualify for drawings to win prizes.

Happy Exploring!

Attend a Program

Attend a storytime, take an art class, or learn Minnesota history. When you visit the library, check out the children’s area for even more activities.

June

Summer Reading Kickoff – Video Concert with Jim Gill (online): June 5 | 10:00 AM

Story Stroll (at Pioneer Park): June 5 – 18

Baby Bear’s Summer Story Explorers (online): Wednesdays on June 9 – 30 | 10: 15 AM

Explore MN History with Pioneer Quilt Squares (online with kit)*: June 12

Drawing Manga & Comics (online with kit, ages 10+)*: June 12

Science in the Summer with The Bakken Museum – Be an Engineer (online with kit)*:  June 14

Colorful Paper Sculpture (online with kit)*: June 19

Natural Wonders – Outdoor Family Storytime (4th Street Lawn)*: June 24 | 6:30 PM

Explore MN History with Dakota Beading (online with kit)*: June 26

 

July

Baby Bear’s Outdoor Summer Story Explorers (4th Street Lawn): Wednesdays on July 7, 14, 28 | 10:30 AM

Minnesota Summer Skies with the Bell Museum (online, families/adults)*: July 15 | 6:00 PM

Explore MN History with Cornhusk Dolls (online with kit)*: July 17

Critter Storytime with Carpenter Nature Center (4th St Lawn): July 21 | 10:30 AM

Natural Wonders – Outdoor Family Storytime (4th Street Lawn)*: July 19 | 6:30 PM

Under the Sea Diorama (online with kit)*: July 24

 

August

Elephant Garden (online with kit)*: August 7

Books and Benches Storytime (Pioneer Park): August 9 | 10:15 AM

Valley Concert Winds (on Terrace, families/adults): August 19 | 6:30 PM

 

Throughout the Summer

This summer, through our affiliation with Washington County Library (WCL) and the MEtropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA), we are pleased to share virtual performances from some of Minnesota’s best artists and performers for children! Visit WCL’s website to view these performances or watch them on YouTube. Videos will be available through August 31.

*Indicates that registration is required. View our full calendar of activities for kids and adults.

 

Summer Reading Picks
Need Help Registering or Have Questions?

Call Youth Services at 651-430-8758 or email splys@ci.stillwater.mn.us. If you would like to register your child, we will need name, age, school (optional), and a parent name and email address. If you do not have an email address, please leave your phone number.

Teen Explorers

What will you explore this summer at the library? Learn about a new art form. Check out a telescope. Make food from another culture. Discover a new book series.

Join us on June 5 through August 7 for our summer reading program for teens!

Register for Teen Explorers

Step 1 – Register: Sign up for Teen Explorers ONLINE, on our Summer Explorers page. Registration opens May 15, 2021. We will be using Beanstack, an online tool to track reading and activities.

  • If you previously enrolled in a reading challenge on Beanstack, log in using the same account information. If you do not remember your account information, select “I forgot my password” to reset your account.
  • If you have never used Beanstack, create an account online or download the Beanstack app. When registering, click on “Register an Individual or Family.” Then create an account and add readers.

Step 2 – Pick Up Your Free Book: Once you have registered, stop by the library beginning on Saturday, June 5 to choose a free book! You can also pick up a Teen Explorers tracking sheet.

Step 3 – Log Your Reading and Activities: Throughout the summer, log reading minutes and any activities completed in Beanstack. Reading in any format counts – books, magazines, audiobooks, and ebooks!

Step 4 – Earn Badges and A Chance to Win Prizes: Collect virtual badges in Beanstack for both your reading and activities. With your Beanstack registration, you also qualify for a chance to win prizes.

Attend a Teen Program
Explore these programs, designed just for teens (*indicates that registration is required):

Drawing Manga & Comics (online with kit, ages 10+)*: June 1

Art Appreciation for Teens – Gustav Klimt and the Art Nouveau Movement (online)*: July 20 | 4:00 PM

Art Appreciation for Teens – Georgia O’Keefe and American Modernists (online)*: August 7 | 10:00 AM

View our full calendar of library events for kids, teens, and adults.

Share Your Explorations
Share your drawings or photos of your explorations on Facebook, Instagram or email us those that are OK to share.

Teen Book Picks

Explore mystery, fantasy, love and realism with these summer reading picks just for teens! Click on the list to begin exploring. Then click on a cover to link directly to the catalog to learn more about the title or to place a hold. Interested in similar books? The catalog provides recommendations from NoveList on read-alike titles and authors.

 

Need Help Registering or Have Questions?
Call Youth Services at 651-430-8758 or email splys@ci.stillwater.mn.us. If you would like to register your child, we will need name, age, school (optional), and a parent name and email address. If you do not have an email address, please leave your phone number.

Exploring Perspectives: Adult Summer Reading

As pandemic restrictions are eased and we transition into summer, take time for Exploring Perspectives. Venture into new genres, new directions, or even new books by a favorite author.  We will support you with staff book suggestions, cool online programs, the chance to win weekly drawings, and monthly take & make projects.

Enter to Win: Weekly Drawings for Gift Cards
As in past years, we are offering weekly drawings for gifts cards to local businesses. To participate, all you need to do is read or listen to a book (any book!).

  • Submit an entry using the online form below to be entered into a prize drawing.
  • Prefer a paper entry? Stop into the library for a form. Paper entries may be submitted to the desk or returned in an envelope in the book drop.
  • One book per entry. Enter as many times as you wish!

Reading Program
Attend a Program

We have a varied line-up of programs to help you explore new perspectives. View our full calendar.

June

Still Life With Oil Pastels (online): June 3 | 5:30 PM

Connect Through Books (online): June 7 | 6:30 PM

Big Read: Hmong American Farmers Association (online): June 8 | 6:30 PM

Supports for Living in the Unknown (online): June 10 | 6:30 PM

Write Your Life with The Loft (online): June 15 | 6:00 PM

SPL at the Stillwater’s Farmer’s Market (Third & Pine St): June 19 | 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Big Read: Happy Hour Book Discussion of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (At Forge & Foundry): June 23 | 6:30 PM

 

July

Sunflowers in Acrylic (online): July 1 | 5:30 PM

Connect Through Books (online): July 12 | 6:30 PM

Artist Reception for Karen Tan (on Terrace): July 24 | 2:00 PM

 

August

Connect Through Books (online): August 2 | 6:30 PM

Evening After Hours (outside on Terrace): August 4 | 7:15 PM

Summer Landscapes in Watercolor (online): August 5 | 5:30 PM

Summer Concert with Valley Concert Winds (outside on Terrace): August 19 | 6:30 PM

 

In the Gallery

June & July: Classic, Vibrant & Painterly Still Life Oil Paintings by Karen Tan

August & September: Photography by Sarah Lilja (Spring 2021 artist in residence at St. Croix Watershed Research Station’s Pine Needles cabin)

 

Grab a READ Bag or Request a Book Bundle
Looking to expand your reading perspectives? Our staff is preparing READ bags for your reading pleasure. Organized by themes – adult graphic novels, books loved by staff, beach reads, etc. – we are putting 3 great titles into a small backpack bag. We hope to interest you in a new author or branch you out to a new horizon. Grabbing a READ bag will be fast and surprising, we guarantee!

We will also be continuing Book Bundles, a convenient way to explore and check out library materials. You pick the genre, and we’ll pick the titles. Request a Book Bundle online.

Pick Up a Take & Make Kit
Throughout the summer, we will continue to offer our popular take & make kits for adults to explore creative perspectives. A new kit will be available on the first Saturday of each month during our open hours, while supplies last. No registration is needed.
Check Out a Suggested Summer Read

Explore new perspectives! Click on a list to get started and then click on a book cover to learn more about the title or to place a hold.

Looking for more summer reading ideas? Browse the library’s latest titles.

Participate in the NEA Big Read in the St. Croix Valley

Start your exploration of perspectives with the NEA Big Read in the St. Croix Valley in June. Join your neighbors in reading The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang and celebrate the arts with activities related to themes found in the book.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Locally, the Big Read in the valley is presented by ArtReach St. Croix in conjunction with program partners including Valley Bookseller, Marine Mills Folk School, Twin Cities PBS (TPT), Stillwater Public Library and other library branches located between St. Croix Falls, WI and Hastings, MN.

Visit artreachstcroix.org/bigread for a complete list of events.