Rutland Library Summer
Kindness Challenge

Our Summer Reading this year is focused on Kindness. Kindness to others and to ourselves. Program begins June 21st and ends August 11th. A few of our on-going programs include...

1. Acts of Kindness:

We will have a bulletin board with envelopes filled with slips of paper that have an act of kindness, mindfulness or wellness written on it. Grab a slip and do the challenge. This is for kids ages 3 to 12.

2. Grow a Row:

We are inviting backyard gardeners to grow a little extra. Patrons who have a surplus of (zucchini, tomatoes, beans?) can bring it to the library. Any member of our community coming in to the library is welcome to help themselves. With rising prices, this can really help out others in our community. And its a great way to get kids gardening! For kids of all ages.

3. Show Support:

We are showing our support for the people of Ukraine by growing their National flower, the sunflower. When you sign up for our kindness challenge, you can take a seedling or a seed. (supplies are limited, sign up early) Plant it in the courtyard at the library, or take home and plant in your yard. For kids of all ages. 

4. Donate to the Food Pantry:

Did you know that instead of collecting fines for overdue books, we collect donations for the Rutland Food Pantry? Anytime the library is open, you can bring in non-perishable donations that will go straight to the Rutland Food Pantry. 


But what about the reading part of summer reading?

Our biggest reading program of the year is, of course, the Great Pumpkin Reading Program in September and October. But, summer is made for picnics and beaches and hammocks and campfires all with lots of books to go around. Here's what we are encouraging...

Grade 2 and younger:

We encourage families to read together out loud 5 days out of the week. We know that life can be busy, so it doesn't have to be for long. Just enjoy the moment. And the stories. Check in each week that you complete the challenge and pick out a small prize from the prize box. Complete the whole program and earn a free kiddie cone from Still Four Corners.

Grade 3--Grade 5:

Choose your Challenge! Everyone reads differently, so we have two challenges for you to choose from. You can choose Read for 10 Hours over the summer; or Read 10 books over the summer. Want to super-size your challenge? You can add on to either challenge to read a book of Miss Lewis's suggestion. Complete your challenge and earn a free kiddie cone from Still Four Corners.

The Events
Bucket & Spade
Summer Reading begins June 21st
it runs through
August 11th
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