Ready, set, read! The Summer Reading Challenge is here

Read or listen for 15 hours to complete the the challenge!

TRI-CITIES, Wash. — Readers of all ages are invited to participate in Mid-Columbia Libraries Summer Reading Challenge.

The summer-long event started on June 1st. Participants can read or listen for 15 hours before August 19th to complete the challenge, and be entered to win a prize.

To enter the Summer Reading Challenge, you can visit any Mid-Columbia Branch, or register online here. Participants can also use the Beanstack app to log their reading, earn badges, and be eligible for prizes.

All readers who register by July 1st will be entered to win a prize for a pack of fun board games.

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Readers under the age of 12 who complete the challenge will receive a free book, while supplies last. Teens and adults over the age of 12 who complete the challenge will receive a free book bag, while supplies last.

All entrants who complete the challenge will be entered to win grand prizes, including a hoverboard or bike. Prizes have been provided to the Summer Reading Challenge by Friends of Mid-Columbia Libraries.

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme is “Read beyond the beaten path.” With that comes a variety of fun events hosted by Mid-Columbia Libraries for readers and families to attend.

One of the first events is the Summer Reading Challenge Kickoff Party, taking place on Wednesday, June 15th at 2 p.m. The event will be held at Keewaydin Park Library, located at 405 South Dayton Street in Kennewick.

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The next fun event for the whole family is the Glow Hike on Friday, June 24th at 8:30 p.m. Participants should meet at the Badger Mountain Trailhead Park, at 525 Queensgate Drive in Richland. Participants are encouraged to dress up in glow in the dark items and bring glow sticks, flash lights, and headlamps. For more information about this event, click here.

More events are scheduled all throughout the summer in coordination with the Summer Reading Challenge, including appearances by Reptile Man, who will visit several Mid-Columbia Library locations later in the summer.

New to the event calendar this year is the children’s music concerts, which should take place at John Dam Plaza later in the summer as well. To see all of the events in the Summer Reading Challenge, visit the Mid-Columbia Library event page here.

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