Illustrations by Deyania Sanders, LINC High School

Summer of Wonder

June 1, 2021–August 31, 2021

Find Your Story with the Free Library's Summer of Wonder!

Looking for fun ways to expand your mind and keep your summer fresh and engaging—even indoors? The Free Library has a Summer of Wonder experience for you!

What's Your Story?

From artistic inspiration to STEAM building projects, from writing groups to world exploration, connect with your favorite library activities or try something brand new! Bonus: Participating in Summer of Wonder helps prevent out-of-school learning loss for kids and teens known as the "summer slide."

How Do I Participate?

From June 1 – August 31, kids, teens, and adults, can sign up online to earn points and badges with your reading and book reviews, and by taking part in this season's new projects, games, and virtual events! Sign up for one of our 2-3 week focused mini-challenges! Open to all ages and groups.

From June 7 – August 13, check with your neighborhood library to find Summer of Wonder passports to help you track your reading and activities over the summer and win prizes.

To find programs for all ages, including storytimes, book clubs, maker programs, language conversation groups, professional development, and mutual aid events, check-in regularly with our Events Calendar for fun activities to help your mind stay curious and active all summer long!

You can also find weekly live virtual programs for children and teens on the Youth Services and Programs Facebook page on Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. beginning June 10. For up to date resources, programs, and events for kids, teens, families, and educators, follow Youth Services on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, or sign up for our newsletter to get emails with activities, tips, and resources.

Need more ideas to fill your summer with fun? Check out our Summer of Wonder Hub to find all of our activities from this summer and past years, as well as read-aloud guides, videos, and more!

And, for more easy-to-do, literacy-rich activity ideas, explore our Reading Champs Guide.

Camps and Groups

The Free Library Summer Camp Challenge provides resources to add literacy-rich activities into camp programs. The Camp Challenge program provides resources and training to help existing summer camps incorporate at least 60 minutes of fun and effective literacy learning into their daily schedule. Once registered, you will receive access to online training resources for staff and activity ideas and programming for your group. Track reading minutes and activities for your group, and see how many points you can earn this summer!

Check out the Free Library Camp Challenge for more information and resources.

Read by 4th

Summer of Wonder also plays an integral part in our Read by 4th campaign, a citywide coalition of families and partners protecting every child's right to read. The coalition of more than 130 partners is the largest, most comprehensive effort of its kind in the nation and is convened and managed by the Free Library of Philadelphia. For more information,

Lead Sponsors

Kline and Specter
Philadelphia City Institute Board of Managers
William Penn Foundation
BB&T. Now Truist.
Osage Partners
Reliance Standard. A Member of the Tokio Marine Group.