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BUILD A BETTER WORLD! Library Summer Reading Kickoff Sunday, June 4

St. Petersburg, Fla. (June 2, 2017) – The St. Petersburg Library System launches another summer of reading, incentives, movies and more for kids of all ages. Join us for free food, games and prizes at the 2017 Build A Better World! Summer Reading Kick-off event at the Main Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N. this Sunday, June 4, 2 to 4 p.m. Parents and students can pick up summer reading incentive Game Cards and Mayor’s Challenge Book Lists. 

Throughout the summer, the library system will offer youth activities, special performances, storytimes and family movies for all age groups, toddlers through teens. From Early Literacy programs through Florida Teen Reads, there are great surprises in store for kids who complete the Build A Better World! incentive Game Cards. Some highlights and dates: 

“Build A Better World” 2017 Summer Reading Kick-Off Event:
2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 4 at Main Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N.

Florida Library Youth Program / FLYP 
Stories, Music, Crafts, Special Performers –  June 5 to July 21:
Mondays - Mirror Lake Community Library at 11 a.m.  
Mondays - North Community Library at 2:30 p.m.  
Tuesdays - Johnson Community Library at 11 a.m.  
Wednesdays - West Community Library at 11 a.m.  
Wednesdays - Main Library at 2:30 p.m.  
Thursdays - South Community Library at 11 a.m.  
Fridays – Childs Park Community Library at Childs Park YMCA at 2:30 p.m.

Family-Friendly Summer Movies – Weekly, June 1 to August 3:
Thursdays 1:30 p.m. at Main Library

The 2017 Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge also offers incentives and prizes. Forms are available in four age groups: Sunshine State Young Readers Award Jr. 2017-18 Book List for K-2; SSYRA Book List for grades 3 to 5 SSYRA Book List for grades 6 to 8; and the Florida Teens Read Book List for grades 9 to 12.

The St. Petersburg Library System S.P.A.R.K. Team – Stories Promote Amazing Reading Kids Team – offers music, books, family storytimes and games for pre-schoolers and the Florida Library Youth Program (FLYP) features activities, stories, music, crafts and special performers for elementary students at the city’s seven community libraries.

Library locations:

St. Petersburg Main Library: 3745 Ninth Avenue North; St. Petersburg, FL 33713.  
Childs Park Community Library: 691 43rd Street South; St. Pete, FL 33711.  
James W. Johnson Community Library: 1059 18th Avenue South; St. Pete, FL 33705. 
Mirror Lake Community Library: 280 Fifth Street North; St. Pete, FL 33701.  
North Community Library: 861 70th Avenue North; St. Pete, FL 33716.  
South Community Library: 2300 Roy Hanna Drive South; St. Petersburg, FL 33712.  
West Community Library at SPC, St. Pete/Gibbs campus: 6700 Eighth Avenue North; St. Pete, FL 33710.

The St. Petersburg Library System is pleased to offer this program as a part of its Community Development Initiative, a method to enhance the provision of resources, services, and programs focused on the Education, Economy, Ecology, Equity, Efficiency and Engagement of our community.

About Your St. Petersburg Library: St. Petersburg’s Library System provides library resources to meet the educational, recreational, cultural, intellectual and social needs of its diverse community. It operates seven community libraries, including the Main Library, North Community Library, South Community Library, West Community Library, Johnson Community Library, Mirror Lake Community Library and a micro-library at Childs Park. For more information, visit



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