How it Works
Earn a point by...
1. Reading for 30 minutes,
2. Attending a Summer Learning Challenge program or
3. Completing a learning activity of your choice.
Track points by...
Adding your points to your paper record.
Once you've earned 30 points...
1. Give yourself a pat on the back.
2. Receive your medal (children) or choose to Read it Forward (teens and adults).
- Your Free Pass to the Columbia Museum of Art (good for entry of one adult and one child under 18 thru March 31, 2022.)
- Your Free Pass to a select Columbia Fireflies game (good for one child or teen).
Making Summer Count
Summer Slide, or summer learning loss, refers to the unfortunate issue that on average students lose up to two months of learning over the summer. Summer learning loss often impacts low-income students the most, and the loss is cumulative, getting worse each and every summer.
However, there is good news! Reading for just 30 minutes a day can prevent the Summer Slide and help ensure that students return to school in August ready to learn.
We are committed to helping every student avoid the Summer Slide with a summer full of reading and learning. If you have questions or need personalized recommendations for your child, please call us at 803-799-9084.
Free Meals for Kids and Teens
June 14 - August 13 (except July 5)
Kids and teens ages 18 and under can pick up free meals* between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday-Friday all summer long at the following three library locations:
Available while supplies last.
The meals are served grab-and-go style, first come, first served and are open to anyone aged 18 and under. Each day participants will receive lunch as well as breakfast for the next day. Our Sponsor is Francis Burns United Methodist Church, and the program is managed in South Carolina by the SC Department of Education.
There are many SFSP sites available in Richland County. You can use the site locator tool on the USDA website to find the site closest to you. You can also text "FOOD" or "COMIDA" to 877-877 to find a meal site close to you.
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