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Be sure to visit your library to pick up a sheet of activity ideas for adults and check with your local librarian for more summer reading information. You’ll also find additional ideas for activities and challenges listed below and updated each week!

Activities to try this week

  • Not able to get away this summer? Check out the selection of travel DVDs available at your library and take a trip from the comfort of your home.
  • Use Freegal on the library website to download or stream your favorite song.
  • Check the batteries in your smoke alarms and remind your friends to do the same.
  • Need to print something? Your library has public computers and printers available.
  • Do anything you can to build a better world.

 

Previous Activities

Week 11 Challenges
  • Need to feel inspired? Watch an award winning DVD you checked out from the library.
  • Read and Return paperbacks are available at your library. You can keep it as long as you need it.
  • Books on CD from your library make the drive seem shorter. Check out a few to listen to on your commute or next trip.
  • Go through your old clothes and donate them to a local charity.
  • Check out a classic movie and watch it with a friend
Week 10 Challenges
  • Try a new format when you are at the library. Usually read regular print books? Try large type or a book on CD.
  • Leave a magazine behind on the plane for the next person.
  • Swallow your pride and apologize.
  • The library has movies in other languages. Check out a film from another land.
  • Leave a small treat for your mail carrier.
Week 9 Challenges
  • Try a new format when you are at the library. Usually read regular print books? Try large type or a book on CD.
  • Leave a magazine behind on the plane for the next person.
  • Swallow your pride and apologize.
  • The library has movies in other languages. Check out a film from another land.
  • Leave a small treat for your mail carrier.
Week 8 Challenges
  • Taking a trip this summer? Learn a language using the Mango Languages E-Source. Seventy-two languages are offered, including Pirate!
  • Pick up a piece of trash and dispose of it.
  • Praise the good work of a colleague.
  • The library has a Florida section. Want to learn more about the history of your state or want to identify that snake you saw? We have books to help.
  • Learn the names of the staff at the stores you visit. Greet them by name.
Week 7 Challenges
  • They worked to build a better USA. Your library has many biographies of the Founding Fathers.
  • Offer to walk your neighbor’s dog. If you are feeling particularly generous, give the dog a bath.
  • Traffic is stressful – allow a fellow driver to merge into your lane.
  • Short stories can be the perfect escape. Read one or two.
  • Encourage a friend or partner. A simple “you can do it!” can make a world of difference.
Week 6 Challenges
  • Build a better you! Check out a book on stretching from the library.
  • Enjoy the great outdoors wherever you are.
  • Ask a friend to share their favorite memory.
  • Remember comic books? They are now called graphic novels and are available at your library.
  • Read a historical novel and travel back in time.
  • Summer is here. Beat the heat by staying indoors and reading a book about a cold place from your library.
  • Develop a gratitude habit.
  • Write the letter or return the call that you’ve been putting off.
  • Pick up a genre bookmark at your library and read something by a new author.
  • Remind someone of a favor they did for you and thank them again.
Week 5 Challenges
  • Summer is family reunion season! Surprise your relatives with a family tree researched using the Ancestry database (in library only) or Heritage Quest online database.
  • Give a small gift to a neighbor you don’t know very well.
  • Check out a book of poems and read one to your sweetie.
  • Want to spruce up your landscaping? Your library has gardening books and magazines.
Week 4 Challenges
  • Summer is here. Beat the heat by staying indoors and reading a book about a cold place from your library.
  • Develop a gratitude habit.
  • Write the letter or return the call that you’ve been putting off.
  • Pick up a genre bookmark at your library and read something by a new author.
  • Remind someone of a favor they did for you and thank them again.
Week 3 Challenges
  • Drop off a thank you note or treat at your local police station or firehouse.
  • Going over the bridge to Cape Coral? Pay the toll for the car behind you if your budget allows.
  • Do you sew or knit? Share your skills, many hospitals accept pillowcases or knit hats for patients.
  • Offer to babysit for new parents.
  • Read a classic that you missed in school.
Week 2 Challenges
  • Support the neighborhood birds! Spread some birdseed or create a feeder by spreading peanut butter on a pinecone for our feathered friends.
  • Let your kids or grandkids see you reading. Model behaviors you'd like to see.
  • Your library has music CDs. Check out a symphony or a world music disk and relax.
  • Spend one day without complaining.
  • Read a book you picked up off the new release shelf at your library.
Program Kick-Off Challenges
  • Read a Biography
  • Help take care of a neighbor’s yard
  • Try a book about kindness
  • Smile at everyone you see
  • Check out a book by an author you’ve never read – ask your librarian for suggestions
  • Volunteer in your community
  • Read a book from the New Book shelf
  • Donate anything you don’t need or use
  • Let us help you find a fiction book set in an unfamiliar place
  • Offer a ride to someone who doesn’t drive
  • How about reading a book to learn a new skill?
  • Listen – really listen to someone
  • Read a book in a series
  • Ask “Can I help you?”
  • Explore your library – check out a children’s or teen title
  • Return a grocery cart
  • Read a genre you’ve never read
  • Thank someone in the military for their service
  • Suggest a title to your friend, librarian or family

Events

All programs are free and open to the public.  See adult events for any or all branches: 

Please see event details for information on registration requirements.

Special services like sign language interpretation and assistive listening can be provided at events to patrons upon request. Please give at least up to five business days notice to library staff in order to schedule services at events. Call 239-479-4636 or stop by the reference desk at your local library.