Saint Paul Public Library announces 2019 summer activities for kids and teens

Summer Spark, the library's annual summer learning program, kicks off on June 1

SAINT PAUL, MN – This summer, make the library your destination for free activities for the whole family! Summer Spark, the library's flagship summer learning program, kicks off on June 1. The program encourages youth ages 0-18 to stay active and read for fun all summer long with engaging experiences, reading challenges, and free book giveaways.

The library will also offer drop-in Spark Camps as part of Summer Spark, geared toward kids ages 7-11. Camps offer hands-on activities including Minecraft, workshops with community artists, maker activities, urban farming and sustainability, board games, and more! Parents and caregivers are welcome to join in the fun.

Additionally, Reading Tree with the Saint Paul Saints returns featuring special storytimes with a Saints player, Mudonna, and a local children's book author.

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The library's summer activities include:

Summer Spark

Summer Spark encourages kids to have fun, stay active, and keep learning all summer long. Youth participate by attending free events at the library and by completing reading and activity challenges to earn free books. The program runs June 1 through August 31, 2019.

Teen Summer Spark

Teens can participate in Summer Spark by reading and rating books. Teens can start with the library's curated summer book list, or choose their own.

Spark Camps

Hands-on, drop-in camps for kids ages 7-11. Parents are welcome to join! Camp topics include STEM, Minecraft, urban farming and sustainability, board games, maker activities, and more!

Reading Tree with the Saints

The Saints are bringing their Reading Tree series on the road and to a library near you! A Saints player, children's book author, and Mudonna, their fluffy pink mascot, will read children's books.

Thank you to our sponsors

Ecolab Foundation, KARE-11, Kowalski’s Market, The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, The Lillian Wright & C. Emil Berglund Foundation, MELSA, Minnesota State Fair, Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings, Pioneer Press, Saint Paul Saints, SeaLife MN.

Fine Free

The library is now fine free. That’s right! We no longer charge fines on late items. This ensures that all people have access to library books and materials, which is our primary purpose as a public library.

Summer Meals and Snacks

Summer meals will be offered this year at Rondo Community Library (461 N Dale St) at the following times, starting on June 11:

  • Lunch: Monday-Friday, 12-1 p.m.
  • Snack: Monday-Friday, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

In addition to Rondo, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation has partnered with Saint Paul Public Schools Nutrition Services and Youthprise to provide free summer meals at recreation centers and Phalen Beach for youth 18 years of age and under and persons over 19 who participate in a public or nonprofit private school program for persons with disabilities. Learn more at
All sites serve meals Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted. Meal times are conveniently scheduled during or near many popular youth programs in Saint Paul, including Saint Paul Urban Tennisopens a new windowSummer Blast, various summer camps and more. Free snacks are also served at all Roaming Rec sites. For more information about serving times at other sites throughout the city, call Saint Paul Public Schools Nutrition Servicesopens a new window at (651) 603-4950.