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Community Summer Learning Challenge 2022

June 11 – September 2

Owl backpacking and looking at map

Welcome to our Community Summer Learning Challenge! How many of you can meet a goal of 20 points over the course of the summer? Whether you are participating for fun or participating for school, we are here to help you do it! The library makes it easy for you to grab the books you want and find fun activities to collect points!

Challenge for KidsChallenge for Teens

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Summer Reading info for New Haven Public School Students


Challenge for Kids

Girl drawing while lying on grass alongside rabbit
How to Register
Dav Pilkey's Dragon running wearing scarf

It’s easy! Two ways to register:

  • sign up online and track your points online
    or
  • use a paper log to keep track of your points (print below or pick one up at your nearest library branch)

Please note: parents, caregivers, and/or guardians should fill out the registration and tracking forms for all children under the age of 13.

You may start tracking your participation on June 11. The last day to track participation and/or turn in logs is September 2. (Late responses will not be accepted.)

Printable Summer Challenge logRegistro imprimible del desafío del verano


Participants should be eligible for a library card in order to qualify to win a prize. Everyone who lives in New Haven or attends ANY school in New Haven is eligible for a free library card. Need a card? We can help with that!

This is an individual challenge only; no teams like in some previous reading programs.

How to Earn Points

You must earn a total of 20 points to enter the drawing for a grand prize. When you reach 10 points, you will get a free book (while supplies last)!

Participants can earn points in 3 ways (earn one point for each activity):

Stack of three green, red, and yellow books

Read (a book, graphic novel, or e-book, or listen to an audio book)

If you are looking for reading suggestions, check out our Kids Suggested Reading Lists, or ask one of our awesome librarians!

Pencil, paintbrush, and pen

Write (a book review, poetry, short story, etc.)

Tape, glue stick, and bottle glue

Do (an activity)

Attend/view a library program, visit a park or museum, do activities at home (check out our Story Time and STEAM videos), etc.

For a list of library-sponsored programs, see our events calendar or flyer of featured events.

Please note: You must be eligible for a New Haven library card in order to qualify to win a prize.

Prizes and Eligibility
Girl hula hooping

Eligible entries will be collected and entered into drawings for the six (6) grand prizes that will be awarded. Winners will be drawn from entries submitted from across the NHFPL system. You also win a free book when you reach 10 points (while supplies last).

Boy reading under tree

Participants should be eligible for a library card in order to qualify to win a prize. Participants who do not qualify for a New Haven Library card will be disqualified from drawings. Need a card? We can help with that!

Grand-prize winners will be selected by September 30, 2022.


Challenge for Teens

Groups of teens in forest clearing engaged in activities
How to Register
Friends sitting back-to-back reading books

It’s easy! Two ways to register:

  • sign up online and track your points online
    or
  • use a paper log to keep track of your points (print below or pick one up at your nearest library branch)

Please note: parents, caregivers, and/or guardians should fill out the registration and tracking forms for all children under the age of 13.

You may start tracking your participation on June 11. The last day to track participation and/or turn in logs is September 2. (Late responses will not be accepted.)

Printable Summer Challenge logRegistro imprimible del desafío del verano


Participants should be eligible for a library card in order to qualify to win a prize. Everyone who lives in New Haven or attends ANY school in New Haven is eligible for a free library card. Need a card? We can help with that!

This is an individual challenge only; no teams like in some previous reading programs.

How to Earn Points

You must earn a total of 20 points to enter the drawing for a grand prize. When you reach 10 points, you will get a free journal and laser-cut bookmark (while supplies last)!

Participants can earn points in 3 ways (earn one point for each activity):

Stack of three green, red, and yellow books

Read (a book, graphic novel, or e-book, or listen to an audio book)

If you are looking for reading suggestions, check out our Teen Suggested Reading Lists, or ask one of our awesome librarians!

Pencil, paintbrush, and pen

Write (a book review, poetry, short story, etc.)

Tape, glue stick, and bottle glue

Do (an activity)

Attend/view a library program, visit a park or museum, do activities at home, etc.

For a list of this month’s library sponsored programs see our events calendar or flyer of featured events.

Please note: You must be eligible for a New Haven library card in order to qualify to win a prize.

Prizes and Eligibility
Backpack stuffed with camp supplies

Eligible entries will be collected and entered into drawings for the three (3) grand prizes that will be awarded. Winners will be drawn from entries submitted from across the NHFPL system. You also win a free journal and laser-cut bookmark when you reach 10 points (while supplies last).

Friends reading book together sitting against a log

Participants should be eligible for a library card in order to qualify to win a prize. Participants who do not qualify for a New Haven Library card will be disqualified from drawings. Need a card? We can help with that!

Grand-prize winners will be selected by September 30, 2022.


1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Owlet reading books

You and your child are invited to join the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program at NHFPL! This program establishes a love of lifelong reading in newborns, infants, and toddlers, as well as encourages parent and child bonding through reading.

How to Start

Receive a binder at Ives Main Library – Young Minds and Family Learning (2nd floor) and pick out some great books to get started. Consider signing your child up for their own library card.

Each child gets their own paper tugboat to color in and write their name on.  These mark your child’s progress on our display in the play area, as they move toward their thousand-book goal.

How to Progress

Log the books your child reads or listens to. This includes story time at the library, audiobooks, and Wonderbooks. You may count the same book again and again, each time your child finishes it!

For every 100 books a child reads or listens to, they get a prize.