Summer Spark

Summer SparkJune 1 - September 2, 2016

For ages 0-18

Summer Spark activity

Summer Spark encourages kids to have fun, stay active, and keep learning all summer long. 

Join in the fun by attending free programs at your library and earning prizes by completing reading and activity challenges! 

Learn for Prizes

Kids can earn book prizes and be entered into drawings for prizes by reading (alone or with someone else) and/or completing fun activities.

Visit your library to find out more and pick up reading and activity logs (or you can print your own).

Prizes include family memberships to the Minnesota Science Museum or the Minnesota Children's Museum.

Summer Spark Survey

If you participated in Summer Spark, or are the parent or caregiver of a participant in Summer Spark, let us know what you think!

To take the survey on your smartphone, text spark16 to 51555 (message and data rates may apply).



Attend free, fun programs at all Saint Paul Public Library locations, all summer long!

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Extend the Summer Spark challenge with additional Summer Spark challenges from Beanstack.

More information about Beanstack activities.

Book Recommendations



We have a Summer Spark just for you!

Read and/or complete activities to earn a free book and be entered into drawings for prizes like Chipotle or local movie theater gift cards.

Family Read Down

During the month of June, you can read down your fines and fees by reading in the library!

Read down $1 for every 15 minutes of reading. Ask your librarian for the details!

Other Activities

With all the excitement of the Summer Spark, don't forget about all the other great things happening at your library, including storytimes, camps, and summer reading help


Thank You

Summer Spark is supported by:

  • The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library
  • Star Tribune
  • Minnesota State Fair
  • Minnesota Twins
  • Ecolab Foundation
  • Carl Benson Endowment
  • Lillian Wright and C. Emil Berglund Foundation
  • Elizabeth Biorn Endowment
  • Ethel Ridgway Endowments
  • Kowalski’s Markets
  • Staples Foundation
  • Pioneer Press
  • Red Balloon Bookshop
  • Dollar General Literacy Foundation