Virtual Community Summer Reading Challenge

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2020 Dig Deeper Seward Virtual Summer Reading Challenge

Our new virtual program has been modified to include take-home craft kits, coloring pages, and other fun take-home activities throughout the summer as we promote participation and social distancing! 

All ages welcome! 

Challenge your entire family to join!  There are three age groups:

  • Tots (Age 0 - 5)
  • Child (Age 6 - 17)
  • Adult (Age 18+)


Registration Kits

After you register, stop by to pick up your registration kit, which includes reading logs, age-specific craft kits, supplies, and other fun goodies.  The first 110 people to register will also receive a coloring booklet about recycling in Seward donated by the Sustainable Seward!

Reading Logs

Track your reading progress over the summer using six logs.  Each log tracks a total of 4 hours of reading in 20 minute blocks.  Receive a virtual badge of completion by email for each completed log turned in to the library!

Reading logs may also be completed online (links coming soon!).

  • Reading Log #1
  • Reading Log #2
  • Reading Log #3
  • Reading Log #4
  • Reading Log #5
  • Reading Log #6

Turn in all six reading logs by August 8 and get an "I read for 24 hours!" sticker and a special prize!

Weekly Activity/Craft Kits

Stop by the library each week to pick up new craft kits, coloring pages, take-home activities and other prizes! 

Why Read?

Children who read for 21 minutes per day see 1.8 million words each year and have scores on standardized tests in the 90th percentile.  A child who is reading for 4.6 minutes per day sees .28 million words each year and scores in the 5th percentile on standardized tests.  (Anderson, R. C., P. Wilson, and L. Fielding. Growth in reading and how children spend their time outside of school. Reading Research Quarterly 23: 285–303,


We appreciate the support of the Alaska State Library, Sustainable Seward and the Seward Community Library Association!  The Alaska State Library provides registration and promotional materials for the iRead program across the state.  The Seward Community Library Association donated $1000 to help purchase supplies for the program.


Call 224-4082 or email Amanda at