SummerQuest

Get ready to go wild during our annual SummerQuest celebration! Join us for Tails & Tales—an exploration of amazing animals, fantastical tales, and outdoor adventures. Here's how you can find YOUR summer adventure at the Library:

Join the SummerQuest challenge!

For toddlers–elementary school ages:

  1. Pick up your SummerQuest kids' challenge card and stickers at a BCPL location near you.
  2. Register for the 2021 SummerQuest Challenge in Beanstack. This will earn you a badge in your Cultural Pass Challenge AND give you access to some bonus SummerQuest activities through the summer.
  3. Complete any 8 activities on your challenge card and mark them on your scorecard with the stickers provided.
  4. Return your completed challenge card no later than July 31st and receive your SummerQuest Explorer Backpack to continue your adventures.

For middle school and up (including adults):

  1. Pick up your SummerQuest teen/adult challenge card at any BCPL location.
  2. Visit a BCPL branch near you at least 8 times by July 31st (or use curbside service) and get your card punched when you leave. One visit per day—and yes, it counts if you brought your kids!
  3. On your 8th visit, you earn a free stainless-steel BCPL tumbler! Tumblers will be available in July.
  4. Youth ages 21 and under can also earn a Cultural Pass badge by registering for the 2021 SummerQuest Challenge in Beanstack! Registered SummerQuest participants can record their summer visits there too.

Psst... Got kids ages 0–18?

  • Sign them up for SummerQuest in Beanstack, then sign them up for a chance to win $1,000 for college with KY Saves 529!
  • You must enter by August 13, 2021.

Plus, participate in special reading & writing challenges!

Ages 0–Pre-K
Join the challenge if you haven't already! 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is an ongoing program designed to help kids and families read together on a regular basis with a goal of reading 1,000 books before children start kindergarten. Kids earn prizes and build essential skills while the whole family creates priceless memories!
Middle & High School Ages
Tell us a tale! We challenge you to write a short story or poetry featuring an animal, preferably in a tall tale, fable, or folktale context. Ideas include—but are not limited to—pieces about pets, pieces with animal narrators, and pieces involving monsters or cryptids.

Ages 18+
It's not too late to join the fun! Set your 2021 reading goals, keep track of your completed titles throughout the year—and earn a chance to win a new Apple iPad.

And find even more adventures with:

The Cultural Pass is your ticket to an amazing assortment of more than 50 arts and culture experiences based in the Louisville Metro area. This year, Cultural Pass offers both virtual and in-person activities so that every family can participate in a way that works for them! Youth ages 0–21 are eligible for one pass, which is valid for one-time general admission at each participating institution.
Storytimes, Supersized Field Day, scavenger hunts, outdoor adventures, and more! Join us online and in person for a fun assortment of programs online and at our locations. While capacity and in-person events are limited due to COVID restrictions, we have exciting interactive events this summer for everyone.
A StoryWalk® is a children’s picture book presented page by page along an outdoor walking path. Not only does a StoryWalk® offer a joyful outdoor reading experience, it promotes reading discussion and encourages physical activity as adults and children step through the pages of a book.

Everything you need for a new adventure is found in each BCPL GO! Tote. Totes are available for every interest and every age, with books and fun, themed activities included in each tote. There are even totes designed for the whole family to enjoy together!

Bring home the excitement of some of your favorite library programs and events! Our various Take & Make Activity Kits are designed to provide you with everything you need to enjoy fun hands-on crafts, experiments, and other activities at your convenience. No checkout required!
Try ALL THE THINGS! Our LOT collection includes a wide selection of family-friendly games and other equipment. Check out cornhole, croquet, badminton/volleyball, or bocce. Or plan the biggest family game night ever with giant Jenga, jumbo chess & checkers, and other oversized games. Plus, check out gardening tools, crafting tools, a karaoke machine, walkie talkies, binoculars, and more. Please note: items must be checked out at and returned to their owning locations.