Summer Learning

Learning and fun for everyone at all 41 Library locations
 

Hundreds of Programs

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. 

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…

Arts
&Crafts
Arts
&Crafts

Foster artistic creativity with classes like LEGO Lab and Special Effects Makeup Workshops.

Science
&Nature
Science
&Nature

Explore the natural world through camping, chemistry, botany, and zoology classes.

Reading
Reading

Foster a love of reading during weekly discussions groups about books, poetry, and writing.

Science
&Tech
Science
&Tech

Learn a new technical skills spark imagination and lifelong learning.

Activities
Activities

Build social and cognitive skills while having fun learning how to juggle or play chess.

"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.”

Donate now to support vital summer learning programs.