2019 Summer Reading Program

blast off Monday, June 10

Get ready for an out-of-this-world adventure.

From Monday, June 10 through Monday, Aug. 5, ramp up your reading, discover more of the library’s resources and explore your community. With this year’s “Explore Your Universe” theme, patrons can expect plenty of space-related programs for all ages.

Children, teens and adults can get in the game by completing challenges all summer long. There are also a chances to complete challenges by visiting one of Loudoun’s parks and museums. See the "Important Information" below for details.

how to participate

  • Register at any branch starting Monday, June 10 and pick up your Summer Reading Mission Log.
  • Complete challenges and log your progress.
    •  8 challenges = A free ice cream coupon
    • 16 challenges = A free book and an entry into the grand-prize drawing on Monday, Aug. 19 (prize packages valued at more than $200)
  •  Turn in your Mission Log by Sunday, Aug. 18. Get a free pass to Great Country Farms when you sign up! 

just for kids

Each branch will award a huge trophy to the local elementary school with the highest percentage of students participating in Summer Reading. Nine trophies will be awarded, so be sure to sign up and help your school win!

New this year on the challenge card are 16 challenges designed especially for pre-readers. Pick up challenge cards at any library branch.

featured events schedule

For each of the eight weeks of the Summer Reading Program, a featured performer will visit all nine traditional branches. The shows will take place the same day and time for each branch.*

Ashburn Library | Mondays, 7 p.m.
Brambleton Library | Thursdays, 7 p.m.* (Week 4 will be held Friday, July 5 due to the Fourth of July holiday.)
Cascades Library | Mondays, 2:30 p.m.
Gum Spring Library | Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Lovettsville Library | Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m.
Middleburg Library | Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Purcellville Library | Wednesdays, 1 p.m.
Rust Library | Tuesdays, 2 p.m.
Sterling Library | Wednesdays, 4 p.m.

Week 1: June 10-13
Life in Space with The Franklin Institute
Embark on an out-of-this-world trip and explore the challenges of getting to space, living and working in orbit, and safely returning to Earth.

Week 2: June 17-20
Outer Space Science with Mad Science of Washington
Learn about the physics of space travel and experience cool demonstrations that highlight the tech-nology used on missions.

Week 3: June 24-27
Under The Sea with Marine Biologist Andrew Wilson
Take a dive into the ocean and meet live animals, such as a clownfish, a brownbanded bamboo shark and a horseshoe crab.

Week 4: July 1-5
Didgeridoo Down Under
This Australian-themed show combines music, culture, science, comedy, character-building and audi-ence participation.

Week 5 — July 8-11
First Mime on the Moon with Robert Rivest
Using mime, comedy and interactive stories, Rivest delivers hilarious highlights of space travel, including the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Week 6 — July 15-18
123 Andrés
Sing, dance and tap out rhythms as you practice some Spanish words with this Latin Grammy winner. 

Week 7 — July 22-25
Aliens: Escape from Earth with ScienceTellers
Don’t miss this action-packed and educational alien adventure that uses science experiments for special effects.

Week 8 — July 29-Aug. 1
Reptiles Alive!
A great introduction to the world of reptiles. Featured animals may include a boa, python, tortoise and lizards.
(Special showing at the Dulles Town Center on Thursday, Aug. 1, 11 a.m.)

Important Information

Please note the following regarding visits to our community partners:

  • You must present your library card, except where noted with an asterisk
  • Some locations require advanced registration, see below
  • All events are free only for the specific time periods and events listed
  • All events are for all ages, except for the W&OD Trail Tour, which is best for ages 10 and older.

Community partner tour details:

thank you

Loudoun County Public Library would like to thank all its friends who make the Summer Reading Program possible.

  • Chick-Fil-A
  • Library Friends Groups and Advisory Boards
  • Great Country Farms
  • James Horton for the Arts Trust Fund
  • Loudoun County Commuter Services
  • Loudoun Library Foundation
  • McDonald’s