Largo, Md. – The Washington Nationals and Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) are proud to partner for a second year on “Summer @ Your Library,” Prince George’s County’s summer reading and library engagement program. The 2021 theme is “Tails and Tales” and it will be offered in English and Spanish for all ages. This year’s program runs from May 17 through August 20 and will be primarily offered online with select in-person events, like a kickoff drive-thru event on Saturday, June 26 from 1-4 pm.
More than a traditional summer reading program, Summer @ Your Library encourages children, teens, and adults to read 30 minutes each day, attend a library event or Nationals game (online or in person), use the online library or branches, explore the wide range of streaming movies and music in the 85+ online library resources, and participate in interactive social media challenges with the hashtag #SummeratPGCMLS. S@YL participants can track their activity progress throughout the summer and earn badges and prizes with a downloadable S@YL game board or the Library’s Beanstack website and app (iOS/Android).
Key S@YL 2021 Dates
May 17 – Beanstack registration starts
June 26 – Kickoff Drive-thru event: Pick up a goodie bag with fun activities between 1-4 pm
June 29 – Midway Prize (10 points) pickup begins
July 27 – Completer Prize (20 points) pickup begins: free book and entry into grand prize drawing
The grand prizes are courtesy of PGCMLS and the Washington Nationals (the S@YL 2021 presenting sponsor). Grand prize winners will be notified in late August. Summer @ Your Library is made possible by the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, Washington Nationals, and PGCMLS Foundation.
Customers can access PGCMLS resources with a PGCMLS library card number or a LINK card number for Prince George’s County Public Schools students. Virtual library card registration is open to Prince George’s County residents and others throughout the metropolitan Washington, DC area. Participants can explore suggested summer reads on the Library’s Beanstack, NextReads, and Book List platforms.
About the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System
The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) helps customers discover and define opportunities that shape their lives. The Library serves the 915,000+ residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland through 19 branch libraries, a 24/7 online library, and pop-up services throughout the community. PGCMLS is a responsive and trusted community-driven organization. Programs, services, and outreach activities serve booklovers, immigrants and refugees, job seekers, children, young professionals, seniors, and families alike.
PGCMLS’ robust online offerings include curated content collections for kids, teens, educators, Spanish speakers, and more. Virtual events and outreach provide access to the Library from the comfort of home or on the go. Special programs include the D.R.E.A.M. Lab, STEM Pals, and 3D printing, which offer teens and lifelong learners with opportunities to learn cutting-edge technology and STEM skills for job readiness or personal enrichment. The Library also provides drive-up WiFi access at all branches and mobile hotspot devices. The Library’s Laurel Branch Library received the 2018 AIA/ALA Library Building Award and was designated the best new public building in Maryland.
As a strong community partner, the Library regularly collaborates with local government agencies and non-profit organizations to provide access to essential community services and programs. Partners include the Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission, Employ Prince George’s, Prince George’s County Public Schools, and Prince George’s Community College. Learn more at pgcmls.info or by visiting the Largo-Kettering Branch at 9601 Capital Lane, Largo, MD 20721 Phase 2 Limited Six- Branch Reopening updates available here. New Phase 2 Library hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (1-6 pm), Wednesday (1-8 pm) and Saturday (1-5 pm) with the exception of Baden. Baden Branch hours (Wednesday-Thursday 2-6 pm and Friday 11 am-2 pm) remain the same.