Summer Discovery

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The best way for children to keep their reading skills up and be ready for the next school year is just to read! Read for fun and read what they choose. Anchorage Public Library is here to encourage reading and learning with our annual summer reading and learning program - Summer Discovery.


Currently we are offering teens the opportunity to volunteer by writing a book review. Our Summer VolunTEEN program is full, but watch for new opportunities returning this fall.

Teens entering 9th-12th grade are invited to apply to be a volunteen. Sample tasks include: helping with programs and assembling materials for programs, signing kids up for summer reading.

Our summer VolunTeen program is full, but watch for new opportunities coming this fall or check out our virtual option.

Learn more or join VolunTeens! 

Weekly Summer Activities!

This year, we are headed outside! Storytimes and programs for elementary school age students will be held weekly from May 24 to July 31! Many locations are at parks instead of libraries - please check the location carefully.

Printable Schedule

Weekly Program Schedule (May 24 to July 31)

Weather bad? We will decide if the program is happening one hour before start time. Check here!

School age events

These are weekly events designed for children ages 6 to 12 and their families. The fun programs will explore nature, art, music, literature, science, and more. They will last 45 minutes to an hour.

Z.J. Loussac Library Lawn: Tuesdays at 1:00 pm

Girdwood Library Lawn: Wednesdays at 12 pm

Mountain View Lyons Park (Mountain View): Wednesdays at 3:00 pm

Chanshtnu Park (Muldoon): Wednesdays at 3:30 pm

Eagle River Commons Park (Chugiak-Eagle River Library): Thursdays at 12:00 pm


These are weekly events designed for children ages 5 and under and their families. There will be books, songs, rhymes, dancing, and more!

Z. J. Loussac Lawn:  Tuesdays at 11am

Valley of the Moon Park: Wednesdays at 11am

Campbell Park: Thursdays at 11am

Peratrovich Park: Thursdays at 12pm*
*schedule is June 3 to August 5

Eagle River Commons Park (Chugiak-Eagle River): Fridays at 10:30am

Fish Creek Park: Fridays at 11am

Chanshtnu Park (Muldoon): Fridays at 11am

Girdwood Library Lawn: Fridays at 11am

Williwaw Park: Fridays at 12pm

Mountain View Lyons Park (Mountain View); Saturdays at 12pm

Summer Event Weather Update

Williwaw Update: Storytime is temporarily on pause until construction concludes!

If a program is cancelled, that notice will be here.

Weather determinations will be made 1 hour before the event.

Discovery Activity at Gerrish Library (Girdwood) is cancelled for today.

Summer Reading - Virtual or Traditional

Summer Discovery goes from May 15 to July 31, 2021. Keep track of your reading time and other discovery and learning activities. You will receive a free book when you sign up and when you finish your log.

Logs are available online or at library locations May 14.

Sign up online or print your summer reading log to start working towards your prize!  

Summer Reading Online

Print a summer discovery log

Not sure how to do Summer Discovery? Here's a quick video!

Readers to the Rescue

After families complete their Summer Discovery logs, they can keep track of their summer reading minutes for Readers to the Rescue. 

There’s nothing like starting the new school year with fresh school supplies! Unfortunately, we know buying those supplies can be hard. Thanks to organizations like HUGSS and the Fairview Back to School Fair, families will be able to pick up bags packed with brand-new, free school gear—but they need your help! By continuing to log your minutes until we reach our goal of 150,000 community minutes, you can help Anchorage Public Library reach their reading goal so the Friends of the Library will donate $1,000 to these wonderful organizations!

Interested in donating yourself? Feel free to drop off new school supplies at any Anchorage Public Library location!

Download a Readers to the Rescue Log.