Library encourages young readers to ‘Zone In’

The Seattle Public Library invites children to “Zone In!” and sign up for the 2014 Summer of Learning beginning Monday, June 23. The 95th-annual program, which continues through Aug. 31, is designed to prevent summer setback among school-age children and teens.

Children who sign up will receive a free book (one per child, while supplies last). Participants will receive stickers on their activity logs for completing activities, such as learning a magic trick, searching the library’s website for science experiment ideas or creating a musical instrument out of everyday items.

In addition to encouraging reading, this year’s program also includes activities around science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

The Library’s Summer of Learning website ( also will have ideas for hands-on science activities that can be done at home or with friends.

New this year, teens and tweens can create and share videos, photos, GIFs, artwork, poetry or creative writing at (#bysplteens). While supplies last, they also will get free books when they come to the library for a program, attend an outreach event or participate in an activity.

Tweens and teens also can sign up online at to create an avatar, set up their own summer online bookshelf and earn badges.

Children who complete and log any 10 activities will receive a free day pass to the Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture. Those who complete their activity log by Aug. 4 will be entered into a drawing for the city librarian’s Breakfast of Champions event.

All programs are free and open to the public.