Illustrations by Deyania Sanders, LINC High School

Summer of Wonder

June 1, 2020–August 31, 2020

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

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

Free Library staff welcome you to Summer of Wonder 2020!

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! As an added bonus, participating in Summer of Wonder helps prevent that dreaded out-of-school learning loss for kids and teens known as "summer slide."

How Do I Participate?

From June 1–August 31, kids, teens, and adults can sign up online to collect points and earn badges for Summer of Wonder activities and time spent reading!

View Virtual Programming for fun craft and maker activities, storytimes and book clubs, gaming and STEM programs, and more to help your mind stay curious and active all summer long! And, for many easy-to-do, literacy-rich activity ideas, explore our Reading Champs Guide.

Check back here for a new blog post every week with activity ideas, videos, and online program highlights from neighborhood libraries. Or sign up for the Youth Services and Programs newsletter to get weekly emails with activities, tips, and resources.

Camps and Groups

The Free Library Summer Camp Challenge provides resources to add literacy-rich activities into camp programs. This summer the Camp Challenge will be entirely virtual, with online training and activity ideas that can be done at home or in-person. Camps and groups are challenged to add at least 30 minutes of reading and literacy activities into their daily schedule. Register here to access online training resources for staff, and to find 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
Osage Partners
Reliance Standard. A Member of the Tokio Marine Group.