Summer Reading Challenge! Montgomery County Public Libraries

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Summer Reading Challenge! Starts at Montgomery County Public Libraries


The Montgomery County Public Libraries’ (MCPL) Summer Reading Challenge! will begin on Saturday, June 17, at the Rockville Memorial Library with a theme of All Together Now. The slogan represents kindness, friendship and unity. 

Children and teens are invited to sign up for the Challenge online or at any MCPL branch. Pre-registration is now open.

The Summer Reading Challenge! runs through Aug. 31. It is sponsored by Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Inc., and the Washington Nationals baseball team.

MCPL’s Summer Reading Challenge! offers a chance to fill summer with great books and fun learning activities, as well as in-person and virtual events. This year, MCPL and Friends of the Library, Montgomery County are teaming up with several nonprofit organizations to help spread kindness to local animals, people and the planet.

When participants read and earn their first e-badge, Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center and Friends of Montgomery County Animals will help adoptable pets find their forever homes. For earning the second e-badge, Manna Food Center will feed families throughout the community. On behalf of those who earn their third e-badge, Montgomery Parks Foundation will install 450 solar panels, providing green energy to power local parks.

The indoor-outdoor kick-off event on June 17 at the Rockville Memorial Library will include:

  • Summer Reading Challenge! signups and book giveaways.
  • Craft tables.
  • Strolling magician Abracadabra Alex.
  • Musical performance by drummer Kofi Dennis.
  • Hands-on educational tables to learn more about Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center, Friends of Montgomery County Animals, Manna Food Center and the Parks Foundation.

To participate in the program:

  • Sign up (or log in) to pre-register online.
  • Starting June 17, read books and do activities to earn online badges throughout the summer.
  • Optional: Print an Early Literacy or Elementary School Age game board at home or pick one up at a local library. Gameboards are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Amharic, French and Korean.
  • Teens will complete a bingo board of activities by reading books, attending library

programs and helping their community for a chance to win prizes.

For more information about the program, visit More information is also available by contacting Tyler Chadwell-English at

This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement.


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Roy Kelley, Retired, Former Associate Broker, RE/MAX Realty Group

Gaithersburg, Maryland  

Comments (8)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Roy,

I love the Montgomery County Public Libraries’ offer this challenge to Children and teens! Good way to get the word out.  

Jun 08, 2023 01:38 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

This kinds of reading challenges are very special for kids.  When I was a kid, there was one at our local library.  I was in first place almost the whole summer.  And, then, my family left on vacation, and I lost my standing.  I have never quite got over it.🙃

Jun 08, 2023 02:07 PM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

If our youngest grandson were close that would be something he would really enjoy. He is an avid reader.

Jun 08, 2023 03:59 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning again, Roy... now this is my kind of event... I adore reading and I love libraries. My favorite childhood memories are of my weekly Friday walk to my local library after school to pick out my books for the following week.

Jun 09, 2023 05:03 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. Your feedback is always welcome.

Jun 12, 2023 06:02 AM