We Dare You! This Summer at the Cedar Rapids Public Library

online landing page imageThe Cedar Rapids Public Library is daring YOU to connect with the community and keep

learning all summer long. The 2016 Summer Dare is not your average summer reading program. It is an intergenerational summer learning program that challenges the entire community to read it, picture it, move it, celebrate it, explore it, imagine it, make it, and wing it!

“If you think literacy and lifelong learning aren’t exciting, you haven’t tried the Summer Dare.” said Dara Schmidt, Director at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. “Our program is for everyone.  Kids, teens, adults, families, seniors, singles, everyone can participate and stay connected to our community, engage with the library, and, of course, read!”

The 2016 Summer Dare includes a reading challenge for all ages, weekly themed activities designed to encourage lifelong learning, intergenerational programs, and unexpected experiences at the library and beyond. The program begins June 5 and runs through July 31. Participants can register online at summerdare.crlibrary.org or beginning June 5 at both the Ladd Library and the Downtown Library.

Everyone receives a free Dare Journal and a coupon for a free Friends Book Nook book simply by signing up. All who complete Summer Dare will receive a free book (adults receive another Friends Book Nook Coupon). Additionally, readers will get a free book for every 300 minutes read throughout the Summer Dare.

To complete the Summer Dare, participants must read 300 minutes and complete eight “dares” as listed in the Summer Dare guide by July 31. Dares are based on the theme of each week. Some can be done in the library but many can be done throughout the community or even at home.

Track your minutes read and dares completed throughout the program on the website summerdare.crlibrary.org.

Participants can stop in to either library location throughout the summer and visit the Dare Desk to register, record their progress, turn in their completed reading logs, and get puff-balls to add to the Dare Drop. The Dare Drop is a physical representation of all the reading and dares being done throughout the summer.

The CRPL Summer Dare Kick-Off Party will be held at the Ladd Library on Sunday, June 5, from 1 pm to 4 pm. Everyone is invited to attend and get registered for the Summer Dare, participate in activities, including a bouncy house, face painting, balloon animals, and enjoy free ice cream!

We encourage participants to share their progress with us on social media using the hashtags #2016summerdare and #notyouraveragelibrary.

Special events for all ages will be held throughout the CRPL Summer Dare. For a complete listing, visit our event calendar on our website at www.crlibrary.org or pick up a CRPL Summer Dare guide at the Library.

Thank you to our Summer Dare Sponsors: Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation, Hills Bank and Trust, the Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library, and The Gazette.

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The Cedar Rapids Public Library is a passionate advocate for literacy and lifelong learning. We exist to impact our community and transform its quality of life through education, civic engagement, the arts, and entertainment.

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