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Ultimate Summer Challenge

Summer activities for kids plus a chance to win awesome prizes

Are you up for the challenge?

Kids and families can read (or be read to) and take part in virtual challenges based on science, technology, reading, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STREAM) through the Library’s website throughout the summer.  

You can register any time between June 1 and August 31, 2020 with your free Library card. All kids must register with their own Library card, and you can get a free card online. 

Register for the Ultimate Summer Challenge now! 

For teens, there's the Ultimate Summer Challenge: Teen Takeover.

Track your reading through the website or app and complete fun, creative challenges to earn digital badges. The more badges you earn, the more chances you have to win.   


Complete your Challenge Map

Families and kids ages 0-12 can record their reading and listening time by printing their Challenge Map at home. Colour your map as you read to track your progress!

Download the Family Challenge Map (ages 0-5) or the Kids’ Challenge Map (ages 6-12)

Need some book recommendations? There are staff suggestions on the Books for Kids page and the Babies and Toddlers page.


Earn Virtual Badges and Participate in Programs

There's lots of ways to participate in the Ultimate Summer Challenge! Library staff have created a list of fun activities that your family can complete at home or in your community using everyday objects. Get started and earn virtual badges by completing activities on the Beanstack list.

The Library is also offering free online programming for kids and teens, where they can learn about bugs and animals, make music, learn about space, and much more. Sign up for a program today.

Looking for more? Check out the Children's Art Exhibition, with work from students across the city, and then try making your own art at home. 

Register for the Ultimate Summer Challenge from June 1 to August 31.


Plenty of prizes to be won

When you register, you will automatically be entered to win a grand prize, including one of ten iPads or other great prizes for kids ages 6-12, or a personalized book and bookbag for kids 0-5 years. Teens can win Indigo gift cards and Chromebooks. 

Grand prizes will be drawn in early September. Winners will be notified by phone and/or email, so make sure your contact information on your Library card is up to date! 

Share your Ultimate Summer Challenge with us 

Tag @calgarylibrary on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and use the hashtag #UltimateSummerChallenge to share pictures of the books you read this summer, or the progress of your Challenge Map and Activities. We love to see what our Library patrons are up to!

Thank you to our partners 

Calgary Public Library has partnered with TD Summer Reading Club on the reading challenges this year. The Ultimate Summer Challenge is also supported by J K L MacLachlan Family Fund.