Denver Public Library’s annual Summer of Adventure has begun

Youth invited to participate in a variety of activities

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The Denver Public Library is again inviting youth to read, make and explore this summer.

The library’s annual Summer of Adventure program kicked off on May 25 and will continue to Aug. 21. The program offers a variety of activities for children from birth to 12th grade.

Participants are challenged to complete 15 activities around reading, making and exploring, which can be tracked on an Adventure Guide. Adventure Guides and brochures are available online for downloading and printing or at any library branch.

Youth who register for Summer of Adventure receive a choice of a registration prize, including a Foldscope, which is a fancy paper microscope. Upon completion of the Summer of Adventure program, youth will be awarded a new book as a completion prize. Prizes are while supplies last.

Participants have a variety of activities to choose from, including any of the library’s programs such as DPL Geocaching or attending a storytime, for example. Summer of Adventure additionally offers a variety of age-appropriate activities, called The Journey. These activities can be done at home, outdoors and virtually. A couple of examples are creating a collage and hula hooping. The Journey activities are swapped out every Monday, so there will always be something new to do.

Important dates for Summer of Adventure:

May 25: First day to register

June 25: First day to pick up Completion Prize

Aug. 13: Last day to register

Aug. 21: Last day for prizes

Simultaneous to Summer of Adventure, the library is offering its Maker Challenge. All ages, including adults, can participate in the Maker Challenge. The Maker Challenge encourages creativity by asking participants to upload an image, video or sound recording to share with the library. Cooking, dancing, drawing, gardening, making music — any creative project can be submitted and highlighted online on the library’s Maker Challenge page. All submissions are automatically entered to win a gift card to a local business. The last day for the Maker Challenge is Aug. 20.

“We’ve missed our customers this past year and we look forward to seeing them again,” said Yanira Duarte, program coordinator for Summer of Adventure, in a news release. “The Summer of Adventure program is the perfect way to reconnect with your local library.”

To learn more about Summer of Adventure, or to register, visit https://denverlibraryadventures.org/. To learn more about the Maker Challenge or to submit a project, visit https://denverlibraryadventures.org/makerchallenge.

All library locations, except Byers and Central which are temporarily closed for bond renovations, are now offering open hours for in-person visits. To check open hours for in-person visits to your closest Denver Public Library location, visit www.denverlibrary.org/locations. Information on curbside hold pickup and book drop off is also available on that page.

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