No sign up is required to attend programs; all programs are free and fun for all ages! There are reading log and activity sheets available for children under 8 years old; children who hand in completed sheets will be entered into a prize drawing. Summer Learning reading and activity packets for children ages 9 – 12 years old will also be available; children who complete tickets receive entries into a prize drawing. There are BINGO cards available for teens ages 13 to 18 and for adults as well. Children’s reading log/activity sheets, reading/activity packets, and teen/adult BINGO cards will be available starting in June; please ask at the circulation desk for a reading log/activity sheet, reading/activity packet, or BINGO card or they can be downloaded from this website. When receiving reading log/activity sheets, reading/activity packets, or BINGO cards, children and youth under age 18 will also be registered for this portion of Summer Learning. Completed sheets, reading/activity packet tickets, and BINGO cards are due by library closing Saturday, August 20, 2022, to be eligible for the prize drawing and can be handed in at the library in person or online via Beanstack (reading log/activity sheets, reading/activity packets) or online form (BINGO). Winners will be notified the week immediately following the prize drawing entry deadline by preferred method of contact to collect their prizes. Winners have seven business days to claim their prize at the library before another name is drawn for that prize.

For teens ages 13+ and adults of all ages, pick up a BINGO card at the library this summer, and start reading! Books must be read over the summer. You can choose any book or activity that fits the category in a square, and READ! Achieve BINGO by completing the activities in five squares in a line (vertically, horizontally, or diagonally). Track your progress by filling in the required information in the squares of your choice. If you need help with book suggestions for the categories on the BINGO card, please ask for help the next time you come to the library–we love talking books–or go to this link where you can find some online book lists for title suggestions that you can then search for in our online catalog or on OverDrive to borrow. Complete a BINGO and turn in your card by or on Saturday, August 20, 2022, to receive 1 chance to win the prize(s) we’re raffling off; you may also enter completed BINGOs via the online entry form. All prize drawing entries must be turned in by library closing on Saturday, August 20, 2022, to be eligible for the prize drawing. READ and REPEAT! Pick up another BINGO card to complete for another chance to enter to win prizes! Winners will be notified on the Tuesday following the deadline by their preferred method of contact to collect their prizes. Winners have seven business days to claim their prize at the library before another name is drawn for that prize.

FAQ’s

  • Can I start the program after the official start date? Yes!
  • Can I count reading I did before the official start date? We ask that you only count reading you did after the official start date.
  • Can I complete more than one BINGO card? Yes; you may complete as many BINGOs as you want!
  • Do eBooks and audiobooks count? Yes, they sure do!

Crack the Codes is a grab ‘n’ go mystery pack that will be available at the library for pickup starting Monday, June 6, 2022. This activity is ideal for mystery lovers ages 8 – 12 years old (or third through sixth grades)—solve the murder alone or with a group of friends! Materials for up to four players are included in this pack, but additional copies of the suspect list and code cracking worksheet may be made for player groups larger than four.

There’s been a murder at the Oceania Hotel, and Matthews Gumshoe Agency’s new recruits have been asked to solve the crime before the culprit escapes.

How To Play: Five coded clues have been left behind by witnesses. Solve each cipher in order to reveal clues to the culprit’s identity and eliminate suspects from your list. Clues may be solved in any order. Check your solved clues with the adult/leader supervising the activity before proceeding to another clue. The culprit’s identity is concealed in an envelope labelled “Answers/Hints for the Adult/Leader.”

A limited number of mystery packs will be available on a first come, first served basis. No reservation or registration needed.

UPDATE: R.M.S. Titanic Mystery Packs are no longer available; thank you for making the library’s first grab ‘n’ go mystery pack a success. A new mystery pack for teens/adults will debut later year. 

Murder on the R.M.S. Titanic is a grab ‘n’ go mystery pack that will be on deck at the library starting Monday, June 6, 2022, for pick up. Perfect for mystery loving teens and adults—solve the murder on your own or with a group of friends.

Murder. Mystery. Deceit. A gentleman has been murdered. You must solve this terrible crime and identify the killer before the ship reaches port (or hits the iceberg!). Or before the killer strikes again.

How To Play: There are six suspects, one victim, and one killer. Use the clues provided to identify the killer. The killer’s name is concealed in an envelope labelled “Confession.” Open it when you’re ready to make your guess to find out if you solved the mystery and correctly identified the killer.

A limited number of mystery packs will be available on a first come, first served basis. No reservation or registration needed.

Ahoy, me mateys! We’re going on a pirate hunt! Starting in June, an in-house scavenger hunt will be available for children and teens during library business hours. Visit the library, pick up a scavenger hunt sheet, and start searching!

Fifteen pirate hats are hidden around the first and second floors of the library! Find them all, record each word written on the pirate hat, and then write a short story that uses all the words. Hand in your completed short story to the librarian at the circulation desk for some bounty and an entry into the library’s Oceans of Possibilities Summer Learning Prize Drawing.

While the scavenger hunt must be completed in the library, participants may take their scavenger hunt sheets home once they have found all the words in order to write their short story if they would like extra time. Completed short stories must be handed in to the circulation desk by Saturday, August 20, 2022, in order to be eligible for a prize drawing entry.

Selected short stories may be featured on the library’s social media platforms; by handing in your completed short story you give the library permission to publish your story online and on the library’s social media platforms.

Summer Book Club for elementary level readers (first through fifth grade) is a free program debuting this Summer at Matthews Public Library. Summer Book Club will meet Tuesdays at 6 PM June 14 through August 2 and will be facilitated by Miss Cheryl, a professional educator. Readers will vote on the book selection(s) at the first meeting and are encouraged to bring along book suggestions!

No sign up or registration is required.

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