Rainforest Adventure & Summer Reading

Here is general information about summer 2021.  Many details are still in the works and will come out as plans continue to develop

General Information

We are not following the national theme.  Instead we are using the Gallery exhibit as the focal point of our summer plans, RAINFOREST ADVENTURE.

We are keeping summer simple.

Start and end dates:  May 22-August 15, 2021

Gallery Kids’ Exhibit

This year’s summer exhibit is a traveling show provided by Minotaur Mazes and funded by the Foundation! It is an interactive Rainforest Adventure.  Find details here: https://tscpl.org/exhibits/swing-into-the-library-this-summer-to-start-your-rainforest-adventure. Pretty fabulous, right?  Access will be ticketed so that we can manage the number of people in the space at one time, though drop-ins will also be welcome.

Rainforest Adventure Bags

Each week we will disperse 1,500 bags across the community aimed at school age kids.  The materials in the bags will be different each week and correspond with some aspect of the exhibit.

Each bag will include:

  • USDA Guide to Summer Fun
  • Themed activities, informational clips, and puzzles, often taken from the library’s databases for kids
  • Themed craft supplies

Most of these will be provided at summer meal sites, but some will be made available through the Gallery and through Curbside.

Video demos of the craft projects will be  posted on the website each week.

These more-or-less take the place of what was Readapalooza.

The assembly line type production side of these is set up in Lingo.  Stay tuned.  If you have not already been a part of the development and distribution of these, you may yet get your chance.


We are featuring three events.

June 21-27     YouTube     Yasu Ishida:  Japanese folktales with origami and magic

July 12     Live (outside)     Cruzline:  Drum performance

August 2-4     YouTube     Jim Gill:  Concert

We may dabble in some additional in person experiences.

Reading and Rewards

It’s simple.  If you are age 5+, read 12 hours to earn a prize.  Use the Beanstack app.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

We have an ongoing, reading incentive program for children age 5 and younger.  Please direct our youngest summer readers to 1,000 Book Before Kindergarten.  It is also through Beanstack.  Yep, there is overlap at age five.  Those kids could do either or both.  Life is especially good when you are five.

3 thoughts on “Rainforest Adventure & Summer Reading

  1. Katie Simmons on said:

    Is the cooler/lunch box for everyone 5 and older, or will there be another prize for for the younger end?

  2. LeAnn Brungardt on said:

    The cooler/lunchbox prize is for 5 and older. Younger children participating in 1,000 Books before Kindergarten get the prizes associated with the milestones within that reading incentive program. To see that list, search “1,000 Books” on the intranet.

  3. LeAnn Brungardt on said:

    A question came up regarding camps and Rainforest Adventure Bags. Specifically, are we handing them out to camp directors/counselors? The bags are not really for camps. The primary chain for distribution is through food sites. We will have some to give away here for exhibit/library visitors. We will not have large numbers of bags for camps to pick up on a weekly basis. We ONLY have 1,500 per week and cannot supply camps with regular activities for their campers. Camps can tour the rainforest. They might be able to get bags when they visit. Supplies are limited. When we are out, we are out.