This past year HCL offered 992 fun, educational, and interactive Summer Learning programs at 41 libraries, with total attendance of more than 18,000. Hennepin County Libraries are a crucial resource for thousands of families seeking to keep their children engaged and learning during the summer months.
Hundreds of Programs
All of our programs are completely free and open for chilren and caregivers.
Combatting Summer Learning Loss
Research shows low-income students lose more than two months in reading achievement over the summer. HCL’s Summer Learning programs use best practices to combat summer learning loss by bringing together library staff, community experts, volunteers, and teen teaching assistants to offer FREE age-appropriate book clubs and educational programs on topics like art, reading, science, technology and the outdoors for youth in grades K–12.
With Programs Like…
"We got to do our own designs and be ourselves." said one participant
Unique Learning Opportunities
We encourage our partners to create unique learning opportunities based on local resources and interests. This year, youth in Hennepin County have had the opportunity to analyze animal bones, make and program self-navigating robots, make Indigenous Mexican jewelry, design aquaponic systems, learn about Minnesota’s bees and other pollinators, juggle, join a weekly coding club, use GPS to find local geocaches, study dragonflies in their habitat, and view bald eagles and other raptors.
Many programs focus on literacy & reading.
All Ages and Interests
Many of our most popular Summer Learning programs focus on literacy and writing, with a wide variety of clubs and stand-alone programs featuring themes and activities tailored to children and youth of all ages and interests. “I love how we got to do our own designs and be ourselves,” one participant explained. “My mom has encouraged me to read more and I read five books.”
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