Summer Wonder at KDL


2022 is all about nature and the world around us.

This year, KDL will take you on a Summer Wonder journey of reading, learning and exploring through the great outdoors right here in Kent County.

  • Activities for the whole family: Outdoor scavenger hunts, StoryWalks, park exploration and more.
  • Take the self-guided 30-Day Challenge of reading, writing and STEAM experiments (that's science, tech, engineering, art and math).
  • It's easy. It's fun. It's free. It's for all ages. You can participate from anywhere. Last but not least – there are PRIZES!

To get ready for all of the fun, sign up on Beanstack (you can also download the Android App or iOS App) or stop by any KDL branch to pick up a paper tracking log. We'll see you on June 1, friend!

What can I do before June 1?

Pre-register for Summer Wonder in Beanstack.  Then we'll email you a reminder closer to June 1.

Invite your friends to join. A challenge is more fun as a team.

Choose your next book. Check our Summer Wonder book lists for ideas:

Summer books for Adults

Use any of the "Kent County Success Basics" for 30 days:

  • LOVE: Maximize love and minimize stress
  • TALK, sing and point
  • COUNT, group and compare
  • PLAY: Explore through movement and play
  • READ and discuss stories


  • A free book for all completers
  • Chance to win $250 Meijer gift cards
  • Chance to win a gift basket

Keep your child's brain active with 30 days of any of these activities:


  • A free book for all completers
  • Chance to win $250 Meijer gift cards
  • Chance to win a gift basket

Learn and grow with 30 days of any of these activities:

  • READ for at least 20 minutes. Choose from books, magazines, graphic novels, comics and more.
  • WRITE a story, letter, journal entry or poem.
  • LISTEN to an audiobook or have a book read to you.
  • DO or explore something new.


  • Teens get a free book. Adults get a 60-inch umbrella.
  • Chance to win $250 Meijer gift cards
  • Chance to win a gift basket

Summer Events

KDL will offer many wonderful programs this summer. Some branches will provide outdoor programming. Check the Facebook page of your preferred branch for the latest event details!

Find Curi

Get outdoors with our Find Curi scavenger hunt in select Kent County Parks.  Contest begins June 1.


Walk along, read along! Kent District Library teams up with Kent County Parks to bring you special outdoor StoryWalks to enjoy with your family.

Summer Events

All-Star Readers!

Reach 45 days of activities between June 1 and August 13 (that's 15 extra days) for a chance to win another $250 Meijer gift card!  Log those extra days in Beanstack or ask a librarian for a All-Star Reader paper log starting in July.

Win an Inflatable Kayak

Adults (ages 18+) can enter by filling out this form and then completing Summer Wonder early (by July 25 at the latest).

Discover New Summer Reads

Books for School Age

Summer Wonder Youth: Mermaids

A collection of fantastic books about mermaids!

Summer Wonder Youth: So Yummy

These books are delicious!

Books for School Age

Summer Wonder Youth: Fairy Tales

Fairy tales old, new and reimagined!

Summer Wonder Youth: Boats and Lighthouses

Books that keep us afloat and lead the way!

Summer Wonder Youth: Beaches

Feel the sand between your toes with a good beach read!

Books for Tweens

Summer Wonder Tween: Mystery

Your search is over for a super sleuth read.

Books for Teens

Summer Wonder Teen: True Crime

Books about real people and real crime.

Summer Wonder Teen: Read Around the World

Books that help you experience a different perspective.

Books for Adults

Summer Wonder Adults - Universe of Stories

Explore epic fiction of legends, fairytales and myths from all around the world.

Summer Wonder Adult: Cultural Cookbooks

Try one of our beautiful and interesting cookbooks to expand your world, then try a new recipe.

Summer Wonder Adult: Immigration Stories

A variety of stories, both fiction and nonfiction, that reflect the many facets of the immigrant experience.

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