Ah, those long, lazy summer days when I was a kid … playing outside, fighting with my brother over week-long Monopoly games, and curling up with a giant stack of books from the library. My summers look a little different now, but they still include a giant stack of books from the library. This year, Calgary Public Library invites you and your kids to enjoy those summer days with a good book, fun activities, and free programs! The Ultimate Summer Challenge is back to keep the whole family entertained and engaged.

Wondering what the challenge is? Are you up for it? Don’t worry — everyone can do it! The Ultimate Summer Challenge is the Library’s popular summer program, as it offers an incentive to keep reading and learning over the summer. Everyone from babies to adults can register; the goal is to read every day. Read aloud together, discover a new graphic novel, and listen to audiobooks on your vacation; everything counts! Registration is already open for the Challenge and you can track your reading from July 1 – August 31, 2024.

Calgary Library Ultimate Summer Challenge (Family Fun Calgary)

How to Sign Up

The Ultimate Summer Challenge is free and you can register anytime throughout the summer with your free Library card, available online or in any of the 21 Calgary Public Library locations. Once you register in Beanstack, you are entered to win fabulous prizes. You can then track your reading on the app to earn badges and you can also collect a paper map at your local Library to colour in every day you read. No matter what you do, once you’re registered, you’ll be eligible to win amazing prizes.

But that’s not all! Be sure to stop by the Library throughout the summer and check out the wide variety of free programs available, too. Learn about art or science or attend a storytime for all ages. Play a game on a hot afternoon when you pick up some new books — there is a lot to do at the Library! When you visit, the kids can bring their maps back to the Library and receive a sticker for reading every seven days. There will also be activity prompts in the Beanstack app to complete in your community and earn a virtual badge. At the end of summer, everyone can bring their completed map (or challenge on Beanstack) to the Library to receive a special prize.

Calgary Library Ultimate Summer Challenge (Family Fun Calgary)

There will be three grand prize draws throughout the summer — be sure to register right away, so you don’t miss out! Each age group has their own set of unique prizes. The littlest ones could win KiwiCrate subscriptions or a family Zoo membership. Prizes for kids ages 6 – 12 include a KiwiCrate subscription, Zoo memberships, board game prize packs, or an iPad. Teens and adults will be excited for a chance to win a KiwiCrate subscription, a Tabletop game prize pack, AirPods Pro, or an iPad!

Can you read every day this summer? Remember, everything counts!

The Ultimate Summer Challenge is perfect for the littlest one who still likes to chew the books you read to them, the middle-schooler who is passionate about graphic novels, or the teen who’s a reluctant reader. It’s a ton of fun for the whole family, so accept the challenge and get reading!

Calgary Public Library Ultimate Summer Challenge:

When: July 1 – August 31, 2024 (Registration opens June 1, 2024)

Looking for more summer fun? Find it here!