SummerQuest is a reading incentive program offered annually at each of our branches.
Sign up for our Summer Reading Challenge below using the Beanstack app or drop by any Alexandria Library to sign up and receive a paper log.
The program runs from June 1 through August 31.
Birth through rising Kindergarten
SummerQuest, Jr. allows children to earn a points towards a free book! Points are earned by logging books they read or books that are read to them. Children can also earn points by doing early literacy activities. Read enough books and you can earn Washington Nationals tickets!
Rising 1st-5th Grades
SummerQuest participants will log the minutes they spend reading this summer! Every 20 minutes spent reading earns 1 point. Use those points and points earned doing other activities to collect a free book! Read enough books and you can earn Washington Nationals tickets!
Rising 6th-12th Grades
SummerQuest teens will also log the minutes they spend reading this summer! Every 20 minutes spent reading earns 1 point. Participating in other activities will earn more points. Use these points to collect a free book! Read enough books to earn Washington Nationals tickets, plus an entry for a gift card drawing.
Sign up for SummerQuest Adults
Ages 18 and up
Don't let the kids have all of the fun! Join in for a chance to win a prize. Read enough books to earn Washington Nationals tickets, plus each book read (up to 10) will be an entry for a gift card drawing. Read or listen!
GSK Science in the Summer invites kids in the Washington, DC metro area to "Be a Chemist."
Discover the importance of chemistry to medicine, manufacturing, art, and environmental conservation. Explore chemical reactions, produce new products from the reactions, observe how substances change, and use those changes to solve real-world problems.
Thirty kits, for fall grades 2-6, are available for pick up through curbside service at Beatley Central Library. Reserve your kit here. Limit of 1 kit per family.
SummerQuest Jr. is made possible through a generous grant from the James M. Duncan, Jr. Library Foundation, Inc. SummerQuest is made possible through support from the Alexandria Library Foundation, Inc., the Friends of Beatley Central Library, Friends of Barrett Library, Friends of Burke Library, Friends of Duncan Library, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Erickson Institute, and Arts for Learning Virginia.
Additional support provided, in part, by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, which receives support from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
For reasonable accommodation for any of these programs, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703.746.1701 or TTY 703.746.1790.
Last updated: May 2023
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