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Read to the Rhythm at your St. Petersburg Library Through August 3, 2018

There’s still time to get into the groove of the St. Petersburg Library System’s Summer Reading Programs. Stop by your local community library to pick up information on our summer reading programs and reading incentive games for infants up through students entering 12th grade. 

Kids and teens who complete our reading incentive game for their age group earn prizes. School-aged kids and teens also have two chances of winning a Kindle Fire 7 by completing both the reading incentive game and the Mayor’s Reading Challenge.  For the Mayor’s Reading Challenge, kids and teens must read either a Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award, Jr. book for K – 2nd Grade, a Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award book for 3rd – 5th Grade, a Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award book for 6th – 8th Grade or a Florida Teens Read book for 9th -12th Grade that corresponds with their grade level.

The St. Petersburg Library System presents these upcoming special performers for elementary-aged students throughout the library system: 

DoDad’s Lab presents Science of Sound at the St. Petersburg Main Library on Saturday, July 21 at 2:30 p.m.  Professor DoDad of DoDad’s Lab will be sharing the science of sound with captivating science experiments, original music, and puppetry.

Drumming Circle by Giving Tree Music at the St. Petersburg South Community Library on Saturday, July 28 at 2:30 p.m.  Everyone gets to drum in this exciting interactive program.

Happy Birthday, Harry! Muggles and wizards alike are welcome to join in the Harry Potter celebration of the famous wizard’s birthday at the Main Library on Sunday, July 29 at 2:30 p.m.

Instrument Petting Zoo presented by The Florida Orchestra at St. Petersburg James Weldon Johnson Community Library on Monday, July 30 at 3:30 p.m.  Take an opportunity to see, touch, hear, and play the instruments of the orchestra.

Timeless Tales presents Jack & the Beanstalk at the Childs Park Community Library located in the Childs Park YMCA on Friday, August 3 at 2:30 p.m. Timeless Tales presents a wacky, interactive musical theater performance of this classic tale with a twist. 

The special performers throughout the summer are generously paid for by the Friends of the James Weldon Johnson Community Library, Friends of the Main Library, Friends of the Mirror Lake Community Library, North Community Library, Friends of the South Community Library, and Friends of West Community Library at SPC Gibbs Campus.

For more information and complete list of all our summer reading programs for kids and teens, visit or call 727-892-5296.

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 inform, connect, and empower our 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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