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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

  • 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.


Previous Activities

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


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.