Kindergarten-5th Grade

Start your adventure with one of these activities (or create your own)!


Best & Brightest book lists for kids: 

Find more book lists on Read Play Learn!

Request a Customized Book List! Tell us what you like to read and we'll send you our recommendations.

Listen to an audiobook or eBook.

Read a book made into a movie, watch the movie and then record which was better.

Write or dictate a short book review about your favorite summer read and post it to social media. Tag @denverlibrary

Read a story or book and write a new ending.

Ask a librarian for a book suggestion.

If you want to become a better reader then challenge yourself this summer. Set a reading goal for yourself. Read for 20 minutes a day or a book a week.


Grow an indoor or outdoor plant, a vegetable or flowers.

Make a drink, cookie or meal. Write it down and share it with a friend.  

Make an art journal: draw something each day(e.g. circle, flower or tree.) 

Make a board game or outside game. Write down the rules and play it again.

Use craft items or scraps to make a costume of a favorite character or animal.

Design a 3D object with Tinkercard or SketchUp and have it printed at one of our ideaLABs.

Would you like to make, create, or cook something? Ask a librarian at your local library to help you find the right books and resources to help you make, create, or cook.


Explore the library! Tell us what you liked best.

Find five free activities in Denver and go to one (hint—ask a librarian for help).

Check out a museum pass from the Library of Things.

Visit one of the library’s five ideaLABs throughout Denver and make something

Use your My Denver Card at a recreation center.

Come to our branch programs and make new friends.

Try a new game this summer.

Summer Book Clubs

Book clubs are a great way to get children and teenagers reading during the summer and talking about what they read with others. Plus, they help children and teens complete their reading activities to win awesome prizes. For dates and times contact one of these branch libraries: Bear Valley, Eugene-Field, Gonzales, Hadley, Park Hill, Ross-University Hills, Sam Gary, Schlessman Family and Virginia Village.


ideaLABs are the library's makerspaces: free community spaces to make things. Labs have a variety of tools and resources available to help you create music, sew, print 3D designs, make art and more. There are ideaLABs at Central Library, Gonzales, Hadley, Hampden and Montbello branch libraries. Go to for hours and more information.

Music at The Library

We’ve partnered with Take Note Colorado this year to provide you with opportunities to make your own music. Check out any of these great programs!

Alamo Drafthouse

You can sign-up for the Alamo Kids Club and attend a low cost film screening at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at Sloan’s Lake during their Kids Camp series.

Denver Art Museum’s Art Lives Here!

If you’d like an artful experience, check out the Denver Art Museum’s Art Lives Here! installations at the Bear Valley, Gonzales, and Ross-Barnum Branch Libraries throughout the summer. An excursion to the Denver Art Museum will be offered at the Gonzales Branch Library.