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Summer Reading Challenge 2022

June 4 – August 13


Sign up for the Miami-Dade Public Library System’s annual Summer Reading Challenge for a chance to win great prizes!

Read for fun and prizes this summer! Every 30 minutes you spend reading or listening to a book earns you an entry into a prize drawing at the end of the challenge. The more you read, the greater your chances of winning!  eBooks, eAudiobooks, comic books, magazines, reading to your child – all reading counts. Search the Library’s catalog to find great titles – all you need is a library card. Don't have one? Sign up for an eCard to get immediate access to our online library.

You can earn more chances to win by attending any library program. Every event you attend gets you an additional entry into the drawing. Just make sure to add it to your online reading and activity log.

Everyone who signs up for the Summer Reading Challenge is also eligible to receive two complimentary tickets to select 2022 Miami Marlins games. You will receive the redemption instructions after you sign up.

Avoid the Summer Slide

Children and teens who aren't actively reading or participating in other learning activities during the summer can succumb to the "summer slide," the loss of knowledge and achievement gains made during the school year.

Reading for just 20 minutes a day, listening to books and exploring new types of materials like magazines can help prevent summer learning loss and set kids up for success in the new school year. Best of all, all these materials are available for free with your library card!

Parents and caregivers can also help stem the summer slide by reading themselves, setting a good example for children who tend to read more when they see adults in their lives doing so.

Parents can also help their children stay engaged and continue learning through the MDPLS Homework Help & Tutoring Program. Free tutoring sessions with certified teachers will be available throughout the summer in person at select branches on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. from June 11 through August 13 and online on Wednesdays from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. from June 15 through August 10. Tutoring is available in reading, math and science. For more information, visit www.mdpls.org/tutor.

Explore Our Summer Programs & Events!

Sat, Jul 13, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Coral Reef Branch - Auditorium,Coral Reef Virtual Programs Room
Join us in person or via Zoom for a monthly book discussion. The selected books are available for checkout at the branch or as eBooks or eAudiobooks. Registration is required. The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants within 24 hours of the event start time. For more information and the current title, contact the branch at 305-233-8324 or quiroslasom@mdpls.org. Ages 19 yrs.+

Sat, Jul 13, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Pinecrest Branch
Join us to explore and discuss historical fiction and non-fiction titles every second Saturday of the month. For more information, please contact the branch at 305-668-4571 or booke@mdpls.org. Ages 19 yrs.+

Wed, Jul 17, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
South Miami Branch
Join other book lovers for discussions about engaging plots, interesting characters and more. Copies of the selected book are available for checkout while supplies last. For more information and book titles, please contact the branch at 305-667-6121 or bergerj@mdpls.org. Ages 19 yrs.+

Wed, Jul 17, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Palm Springs North Branch
Join other book lovers for discussions about engaging plots, interesting characters, and more. Copies will be available for checkout at the circulation desk. For this month's selection or more information, please contact the branch at 305-820-8564 or padronc@mdpls.org. Ages 19 yrs.+

Thu, Jul 18, 10:00am - 11:30am
South Miami Branch
Reúnase con nosotros para conversar sobre títulos literarios escritos por autores favoritos. Para obtener más información, comuníquese con la biblioteca al 305-667-6121 o docurroc@mdpls.org. Para mayores de 19 años de edad.

Thu, Jul 18, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Fairlawn Branch - Fairlawn Virtual Program Room
Join us online to express yourself through poetry. Learn about different poets, poetic styles, and how to submit your work for publishing through this fun creative writing program. Registration is required. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants within 24 hours of the event start time. For more information, please contact the branch at 305-261-1571 or recordr@mdpls.org. Ages 11 - 18 yrs.

Sat, Jul 20, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Pinecrest Branch - Pinecrest Virtual Programs Room
Our goal is to advance critical, reflective thinking and social and civic engagement by discussing works and ideas of the 20th and 21st century that are of enduring value. Join us in person or online via Zoom! Registration is required for online access and a Zoom link will be emailed to registrants. For more information contact 305-668-4571 or booke@mdpls.org. Ages 19 yrs.+

Sat, Jul 20, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Coral Reef Branch - Auditorium,Coral Reef Virtual Programs Room
Do you enjoy tales of magic, zombie hordes and undeniable romance? Join us at the library or online via Zoom for a different sort of book club. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the circulation desk. Registration is required. Zoom link will be emailed for online participation within 24 hours of the event start time. For more information and for this month's book selection, please contact 305-233-8324 or quiroslasom@mdpls.org. Ages 18 yrs.+
This event is full

Mon, Jul 22, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
South Dade Regional
Connect with fellow readers to discuss captivating plots, intriguing characters, and more. To obtain a copy of this month's selection, please visit the information desk on the second floor. For more information, please contact the branch at 305-233-8140 or knattk@mdpls.org. Ages 19 yrs.+

Mon, Jul 22, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Fairlawn Branch - Fairlawn Virtual Program Room
Are you a book lover looking to discover new titles and discuss them with others? Join us on Mondays twice a month to explore and dive deep into books through fun conversation! Registration is required. The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 24 hours within 24 hours of the event start time. For more information, please contact the branch at 605-261-1571 or recordr@mdpls.org. Ages 18 yrs.

Tue, Jul 23, 10:00am - 11:30am
Pinecrest Branch - Meeting Room
Reúnase con nosotros el cuarto martes de este mes para la discusión del libro "La biblioteca de París," escrito por Janet Skeslien Charles. Si desea más información comuníquese con la biblioteca al 305-668-4571 o ballesteri@mdpls.org. Para mayores de 19 años.

Tue, Jul 23, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Northeast Dade-Aventura Branch
William Shakespeare famously contributed more memorable phrases and sayings to the English language than any other author. Join Dr. Lillian Schanfield, Professor Emerita of English at Barry University, to explore and discuss the wisdom and poetry of Shakespeare. For more information, please contact the branch at 305-931-5512 or lefrakp@mdpls.org. Ages 19 yrs.+

Thu, Jul 25, 10:00am - 11:30am
Miami Beach Regional - Miami Beach Virtual Programs Room
Join us online and discuss short stories from the "100 Great Short Stories" collection edited by James Daley. Copies available at the branch upon request. Registration is required. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants. For more information, please contact the branch at 305-535-4219 or capleyb@mdpls.org. Ages 19 yrs.+

Thu, Jul 25, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Coral Gables Branch
Participe de una grata discusión sobre el libro del mes. Se requiere inscripción. Para más información, comuníquese con la biblioteca al 305-442-8706 or capleybr@mdpls.org. Para mayores de 18 años de edad.

Fri, Jul 26, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Naranja Branch
Join us for an engaging discussion of this fascinating yet disturbing genre. Limited copies of the book will be available for checkout at the library. For more information, please contact us at 305-242-2290 or gonzalezmi@mdpls.org. Ages 19 yrs.+

Fri, Jul 26, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Fairlawn Branch
Participe de una grata discusión sobre el libro del mes. Para más información, comuníquese con la biblioteca al 305-261-1571 o recordr@mdpls.org. Para mayores de 55 años de edad.

Sat, Jul 27, 10:00am - 11:00am
Westchester Library Health and Wellness Information Center
Join us once per month for thoughtful discussions on literature that inspires, informs, and empowers personal growth. Selected titles are available at the branch for checkout. Registration is required. For more information, please contact the branch at 786-584-4100 or rubiob@mdpls.org. Ages 19 yrs.+

Sat, Jul 27, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Kendall Branch
Join us for our monthly book discussion. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the circulation desk. For more information and this month's book selection, please contact the branch at 305-279-0520 or corredorj@mdpls.org. Ages 19 yrs.+

Sat, Jul 27, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Westchester Regional
Disfrute una tarde llena de poesia, lecturas y verso. Para obtener más información, comuníquese con la biblioteca al 305-553-1134 o gonzalezja@mdpls.org. Para mayores de 19 años.

Tue, Jul 30, 11:00am - 12:00pm
North Dade Regional
Join us the last Tuesday of each month for a book discussion. Please call the branch for this month's title. For more information, contact the library at 305-625-6425 or noelp@mdpls.org. Ages 18 yrs.+

Thu, Aug 01, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Fairlawn Branch - Fairlawn Virtual Program Room
Join us online to express yourself through poetry. Learn about different poets, poetic styles, and how to submit your work for publishing through this fun creative writing program. Registration is required. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants within 24 hours of the event start time. For more information, please contact the branch at 305-261-1571 or recordr@mdpls.org. Ages 11 - 18 yrs.

Wed, Aug 07, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Pinecrest Branch - Meeting Room
The Miami Poets celebrate all things poetic. Bring poems to read, yours or those by favorite poets. Share publishing ideas, contests to enter, and new formats to explore. Get philosophical and discuss what poetry means now and through the ages. Poetry enhances our lives so anything goes so long as poetry is in the equation. For more information, please contact the branch at 305-668-4571 or booke@mdpls.org. Ages 19 yrs.+

Wed, Aug 07, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Coconut Grove Branch
Join us in person or online and immerse yourself in the captivating world of comics and graphic novels. Engage in lively discussions, discover behind-the-scenes gems, and connect with fellow comic book enthusiasts! Registration is required. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants within 24 hours of the event start time. Presented by Power of X-Men! For more information, please contact the branch at 305-668-4571 or hernandezje@mdpls.org. Ages 16 yrs. +

Thu, Aug 08, 10:00am - 11:30am
Miami Beach Regional - Miami Beach Virtual Programs Room
Join us online and discuss short stories from the "100 Great Short Stories" collection edited by James Daley. Copies available at the branch upon request. Registration is required. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants. For more information, please contact the branch at 305-535-4219 or capleyb@mdpls.org. Ages 19 yrs.+

Sat, Aug 10, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Coral Reef Branch - Auditorium,Coral Reef Virtual Programs Room
Join us in person or via Zoom for a monthly book discussion. The selected books are available for checkout at the branch or as eBooks or eAudiobooks. Registration is required. The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants within 24 hours of the event start time. For more information and the current title, contact the branch at 305-233-8324 or quiroslasom@mdpls.org. Ages 19 yrs.+

Sat, Aug 10, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Pinecrest Branch
Join us to explore and discuss historical fiction and non-fiction titles every second Saturday of the month. For more information, please contact the branch at 305-668-4571 or booke@mdpls.org. Ages 19 yrs.+

Thu, Aug 15, 10:00am - 11:30am
South Miami Branch
Reúnase con nosotros para conversar sobre títulos literarios escritos por autores favoritos. Para obtener más información, comuníquese con la biblioteca al 305-667-6121 o docurroc@mdpls.org. Para mayores de 19 años de edad.

Thu, Aug 15, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Palmetto Bay Branch
Join fellow readers at our monthly discussion group. Limited copies of the book will be available for checkout at the library. For more information, please contact the branch at 305-232-1771 or smithk@mdpls.org. Ages 19 yrs.+

Sat, Aug 17, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Pinecrest Branch - Pinecrest Virtual Programs Room
Our goal is to advance critical, reflective thinking and social and civic engagement by discussing works and ideas of the 20th and 21st century that are of enduring value. Join us in person or online via Zoom! Registration is required for online access and a Zoom link will be emailed to registrants. For more information contact 305-668-4571 or booke@mdpls.org. Ages 19 yrs.+

Sat, Aug 17, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Coral Reef Branch - Auditorium,Coral Reef Virtual Programs Room
Do you enjoy tales of magic, zombie hordes and undeniable romance? Join us at the library or online via Zoom for a different sort of book club. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the circulation desk. Registration is required. Zoom link will be emailed for online participation within 24 hours of the event start time. For more information and for this month's book selection, please contact 305-233-8324 or quiroslasom@mdpls.org. Ages 18 yrs.+

Wed, Aug 21, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
South Miami Branch
Join other book lovers for discussions about engaging plots, interesting characters and more. Copies of the selected book are available for checkout while supplies last. For more information and book titles, please contact the branch at 305-667-6121 or bergerj@mdpls.org. Ages 19 yrs.+

Wed, Aug 21, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Palm Springs North Branch
Join other book lovers for discussions about engaging plots, interesting characters, and more. Copies will be available for checkout at the circulation desk. For this month's selection or more information, please contact the branch at 305-820-8564 or padronc@mdpls.org. Ages 19 yrs.+

Thu, Aug 22, 10:00am - 11:30am
Miami Beach Regional - Miami Beach Virtual Programs Room
Join us online and discuss short stories from the "100 Great Short Stories" collection edited by James Daley. Copies available at the branch upon request. Registration is required. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants. For more information, please contact the branch at 305-535-4219 or capleyb@mdpls.org. Ages 19 yrs.+

Sat, Aug 24, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Westchester Regional
Disfrute una tarde llena de poesia, lecturas y verso. Para obtener más información, comuníquese con la biblioteca al 305-553-1134 o gonzalezja@mdpls.org. Para mayores de 19 años.

Mon, Aug 26, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Lakes of the Meadow Branch
Participe en una discusión de poesía donde intercambiamos nuestros poemas favoritos escritos por poetas hispanos. Para más información, comuníquese con la sucursal al 305-222-2149 o centenof@mdpls.org. Para mayores de 19 años de edad.

Mon, Aug 26, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Fairlawn Branch - Fairlawn Virtual Program Room
Are you a book lover looking to discover new titles and discuss them with others? Join us on Mondays twice a month to explore and dive deep into books through fun conversation! Registration is required. The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 24 hours within 24 hours of the event start time. For more information, please contact the branch at 605-261-1571 or recordr@mdpls.org. Ages 18 yrs.

Tue, Aug 27, 10:00am - 11:30am
Pinecrest Branch - Meeting Room
Reúnase con nosotros el cuarto martes de este mes para la discusión del libro "Pálida luz en las colinas," escrito por Kazuo Ishiguro. Si desea más información comuníquese con la biblioteca al 305-668-4571 o ballesteri@mdpls.org. Para mayores de 19 años.

Tue, Aug 27, 11:00am - 12:00pm
North Dade Regional
Join us the last Tuesday of each month for a book discussion. Please call the branch for this month's title. For more information, contact the library at 305-625-6425 or noelp@mdpls.org. Ages 18 yrs.+

Thu, Aug 29, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Coral Gables Branch
Participe de una grata discusión sobre el libro del mes. Se requiere inscripción. Para más información, comuníquese con la biblioteca al 305-442-8706 or capleybr@mdpls.org. Para mayores de 18 años de edad.

Fri, Aug 30, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Naranja Branch
Join us for an engaging discussion of this fascinating yet disturbing genre. Limited copies of the book will be available for checkout at the library. For more information, please contact us at 305-242-2290 or gonzalezmi@mdpls.org. Ages 19 yrs. +

Fri, Aug 30, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Fairlawn Branch
Participe de una grata discusión sobre el libro del mes. Para más información, comuníquese con la biblioteca al 305-261-1571 o recordr@mdpls.org. Para mayores de 55 años de edad.

Sat, Aug 31, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Kendall Branch
Join us for our monthly book discussion. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the circulation desk. For more information and this month's book selection, please contact the branch at 305-279-0520 or corredorj@mdpls.org. Ages 19 yrs.+

Tue, Sep 03, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Northeast Dade-Aventura Branch - Cafe ,Conference Room
William Shakespeare famously contributed more memorable phrases and sayings to the English language than any other author. Join Dr. Lillian Schanfield, Professor Emerita of English at Barry University, to explore and discuss the wisdom and poetry of Shakespeare. For more information, please contact the branch at 305-931-5512 or lefrakp@mdpls.org. Ages 19 yrs.+

Wed, Sep 04, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Pinecrest Branch - Meeting Room
The Miami Poets celebrate all things poetic. Bring poems to read, yours or those by favorite poets. Share publishing ideas, contests to enter, and new formats to explore. Get philosophical and discuss what poetry means now and through the ages. Poetry enhances our lives so anything goes so long as poetry is in the equation. For more information, please contact the branch at 305-668-4571 or booke@mdpls.org. Ages 19 yrs.+

Wed, Sep 04, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Coconut Grove Branch
Join us in person or online and immerse yourself in the captivating world of comics and graphic novels. Engage in lively discussions, discover behind-the-scenes gems, and connect with fellow comic book enthusiasts! Registration is required. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants within 24 hours of the event start time. Presented by Power of X-Men! For more information, please contact the branch at 305-668-4571 or hernandezje@mdpls.org. Ages 16 yrs. +

Thu, Sep 05, 10:00am - 11:30am
Miami Beach Regional - Miami Beach Virtual Programs Room
Join us online and discuss short stories from the "100 Great Short Stories" collection edited by James Daley. Copies available at the branch upon request. Registration is required. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants. For more information, please contact the branch at 305-535-4219 or capleyb@mdpls.org. Ages 19 yrs.+

Sat, Sep 07, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Westchester Regional
Join local author Lomberto Pérez Plasencia for a presentation and discussion of his memoir, "The Parker Pen Incident: Memories of a Cuban Pedro Pan Boy." A Q&A session will follow the discussion. For more information, please contact the branch at 305-553-1134 or gonzalezj@mdpls.org. Ages 18 yrs.+

Official Guidelines
  1. All Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) cardholders are eligible to participate. If you don’t have a card, click here to register for an eCard online, which will be emailed to you, or sign up for a physical card at any library location.
  2. Participants may sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge and submit their reading/activity logs online at www.mdpls.org/2022summerreading or visit any MDPLS location for assistance.
  3. Every half hour of reading time earns you one entry into the prize drawing. Reading time should be reported in increments of 30 minutes. Books, eBooks, magazines, audiobooks, reading to a child – all reading counts!
  4. Participants may also submit any library programs attended, whether in person or online, to receive additional entries into the prize drawing (one additional entry per program attended). 
  5. Participants may submit any Homework Help & Tutoring Program session or Adult Learning Academy class attended (one additional entry per session or class attended).
  6. Parents or legal guardians may create a family account and submit a reading/activity log on behalf of their children.
  7. Participants may use the downloadable reading and activity log to keep track of their progress. All reading/activities must be submitted online to earn a prize entry.
  8. Participants may continue to submit and/or update their reading/activity log online from June 4 – August 13, 2022.
  9. All electronic entries received by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 14, 2022, will be entered in the prize drawing. No entries will be accepted after August 14, 2022.
  10. The prize drawing will be held the week of August 22. Winners will be notified no later than August 29, 2022.
  11. Employees of the Miami-Dade Public Library System are ineligible to participate in the prize drawing.

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