Youth Summer Reading 2020

Welcome to the Durham Public Library’s Youth Summer Reading page! All of our programs are virtual this summer, with the exception of the Story Walk on the Green. All information can be found here and on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Miss Lauren at and Miss Kristen at We can’t wait to enjoy summer with you!

Summer Reading Tracking Log Folders

Summer Reading Tracking Log Folders will be available for curbside pickup starting June 22nd! Stop by the entrance to the library and you’ll see a bin with folders. Each folder contains a log to mark the days you read or do a summer learning activity, a calendar of summer events, a bookmark, some stickers, and a tracking dragon – or Trackgon! Decorate your Trackgon and bring it back to the library so we can post them in the windows of the Children’s Room. We can’t wait to see all of the Trackgons flying around this summer!

Summer Reading Kick-Off Program: Jester Jim!

For all ages!

Join us for our Summer Reading Kick Off Event via YouTube! Juggling fire and spinning iPads are just the start. With a background in film making and over 3 million views on social media The Jester Jim Virtual Comedy Show is just what you need this summer. This 40 min live broadcast packed with tricks, balancing, and laughs, will leave you wanting more. Come join us for all the fun and interact with Jim and his amazing show, LIVE!

Didn’t get to watch the show live? No problem! You can watch it any time here:

Book Election

For all ages!

Which will reign supreme- Children’s Classics or Contemporary Favorites? Vote all summer, beginning Monday June 22nd to see which book comes out on top! Check our Facebook and Instagram each Monday & Wednesday for the current battle, and leave a comment with your vote. Winners of each battle will be announced on Fridays, leading up to the final round beginning August 10th.

Story Time @ Home

For birth – early elementary!

Story Time @ Home is back for the summer! We can’t have story time at the library, so we’re bringing story time to you! Each Friday we will release a whole new themed package of book recommendations, songs and a craft following the Summer Reading Program theme. Our first theme is MAGIC!

Access your story time guide on our website, and in our weekly release email sent right to your inbox!

Pick-Up Packets

For preschool – elementary and up!

Starting, June 29th, pick up a packet of craft and DIY ideas each week, while supplies last! Each packet will have activity ideas based on the summer reading theme, Imagine Your Story. Packets will be on the front porch on the library!

Write Your Story

For all ages!

You are a part of history!

Document what quarantine has been like for you – write a story or a few lines, draw a picture, or take a photo. We will use it to create a time capsule in the Local History Room so future generations will know what this time was like for YOU! Email Miss Lauren your work at or drop it off at the library!

Nailed It!

For elementary and up, or all ages with the help of an adult!

Join us every Tuesday in July for a baking or ice cream challenge! Send a pic of what you make and you’ll be entered to win a gift card! Challenges will be posted each Tuesday on Facebook, Instagram, and this page of the website. Send pics to Miss Lauren at or post them in the comments on Facebook!

Week One: Beach! July 7 – July 13

Go For It: Beach Pudding Cups:

Challenge Yourself:

Week One: Results!

The results are in! All four participants Nailed It with their beach pudding cups this week!! Congratulations to Michael who won this week’s drawing for a gift certificate to Kim’s Cottage Confections!!

Week Two: Dragons! July 14 – July 20

Go For It: Rice Krispie Dragons: 

Challenge Yourself: Dragon Cupcakes:

Week Two: Results!

The results are in! All six participants Nailed It with their rice krispie dragons this week!! Congratulations to Kaiya who won this week’s drawing for a gift certificate to Kim’s Cottage Confections!!

Week Three: Unicorns! July 21 – July 27

Go For It: Unicorn Milkshakes:

Challenge Yourself: Unicorn Bark Milkshakes:

Week Three: Results!

The results are in! All six participants Nailed It with their rice krispie dragons this week!! Congratulations to sisters Abigail and Charlotte who won this week’s drawing for a gift certificate to Dari Serv!!

Week Four: Fairy Tales! July 28 – August 3

Go For It: Toadstool Cupcakes:

Challenge Yourself: Fairy Tale Cake:

Zoom Dungeons & Dragons

For Grades 7+.

Love playing Dungeons & Dragons? New to the game and want to learn? Join us for D&D over Zoom! Wednesdays this summer at 7 pm. Register here for the Zoom info:

Story Walk on the Green

For all ages!

Take a walk around the Green and enjoy a story! We will have a book posted page-by-page around the Green. By the end of your walk, you’ll have read a book! Try it during the Farmer’s Market!

Book Briefs

For elementary and up!

Read a great book and want to tell everybody about it? Great! We want to hear about it! Write a book review and we’ll post it to social media and share your recommendation! Email your book review to Miss Lauren at or drop it off at the library!