For toddlers–elementary school ages:
- Pick up your SummerQuest kids' challenge card and stickers at a BCPL location near you.
- 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.
- Complete any 8 activities on your challenge card and mark them on your scorecard with the stickers provided.
- 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):
- Pick up your SummerQuest teen/adult challenge card at any BCPL location.
- 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!
- On your 8th visit, you earn a free stainless-steel BCPL tumbler! Tumblers will be available in July.
- 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.
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Plus, participate in special reading & writing challenges!
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!
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.
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.