Summer Library Challenge

All together now Summer Library Challenge 2023 with library logo and bookshelves - relax & read!

The challenge: pack as much fun, relaxation, and reading as we can into summer!

Just for fun, here's a quick look at some of our past summer events - visit library Facebook pages (TADL, TADLKids, East Bay, Kingsley, Fife Lake) for current photos!

mermaid and child
Boat building activity on Main Library front lawn
Samba drum troupe performing with children on Main Library front lawn
Bubbleman making giant bubbles on the Main Library front lawn

The Summer Library Challenge is for all ages! It's a fun (and free) way for families (including grandparents and grandchildren) to enjoy the library together. 

Sign up for our six-week newsletter and get all the details on our can't miss, free summer programming sent straight to your email. One email per week for six weeks, then we delete the list.

Each department and library has fantastic things planned for the summer, when we release the schedule you will be able to click the buttons below to learn more!

2023 Program

Please complete our survey and help us plan for 2024!

  • Visit regularly for details on programs, and get those reading minutes logged!
  • All minutes need to be logged and prize tickets need to be allocated (how-to video) by July 30, 9 pm!
  • Plan to join us for the finale party - July 31, Pre-readers at 11 am; All ages at 6 pm - Hull Park!

Reminder - read anything you like, and log your minutes. Listen to an audiobook, have someone read to you, read the same book multiple times - if you're reading we'll count it!

Finale Party Webcam!

Why is summer reading important?

Our theme this year emphasizes our belief that it's important to both relax AND read over the summer. Summer is a great time to read whatever you find fun! For students this is especially important, because it helps maintain those important reading/comprehension skills built up over the school year. 

Keeping reading skills in tiptop shape is important for adults too!

Reading & Literacy Resources

2023 Sponsors & Supporters

Thank you to all of our sponsors and supporters! By coming together and supporting reading everyone plays a part in making our community a great place to play, live, and learn.

Z93 Hits 90s to Now
107.5 WCCW the 70's station
Open book with Friends of the Traverse Area District Library

Downtown Traverse City Association

Burger King


Grand Traverse Mall

Great Lakes Children's Museum

Horizon Books

Traverse Asian Market

Third Coast Bakery


Kentucky Fried Chicken

Detroit Zoo


Moomer's Homemade Ice Cream


Taco Bell

Paddle TC

The Dennos Museum Center

TC Latino Grocery

Grand Traverse Butterfly House & Bug Zoo

Discovery Center & Pier

Jimmy John's

Traverse City Pit Spitters

Pirates' Cove

Centre Ice Arena

Bardon's Wonder Freeze

The Great Wolf Lodge

Oryana Community Co-Op

Habibi Middle Eastern Coney & Curry

Music House Museum

The BeatLab

Brilliant Books

Printable Resources



2022 Summer Library Challenge