Dig Deeper at the Library for Summer Reading 2022!

Summer Reading Challenge at the Saline County Library starts on Monday, June 6th. All ages can enjoy age-specific programs weekly at both the Bob Herzfeld and Mabel Boswell branches.

It’s easy to participate and fun for all ages, including adults! Online registration will start May 23rd. Challengers can sign up using the Beanstack app or website, where you can easily log your minutes and days read, complete challenges, and keep up with your progress. The challenge does not officially start until June 6th, but you can pre-register to get ahead of the game!

Additionally, you can come into either branch starting Monday, June 6th to pick up a paper reading tracker to log your reading.

Set your reading goals and reach them weekly to enter for your chance to win fantastic prizes. Adults can be entered to win weekly prizes such as a metal detector, Cricut Joy, greenhouse, and more, as well as one grand prize at the end of the summer. All participants will be given prizes after completing weeks 2, 4, 6, and 8 of Summer Reading.

Below is a schedule of events happening all summer at the Saline County Library. (R) indicates that registration is required and (V) indicates that the event is virtual. Register by visiting the events calendar.

Kids ages 0-5:

  • Music & Movement Storytime on Tuesdays at 10:30 AM in Bryant (R)
  • Dig In to Storytime on Fridays at 10:30 AM in Benton (R)

Kids ages 5-8:

  • Mini Makers on Wednesdays at 10:30 AM in Bryant (R)
  • Camp Jurassic on Thursdays at 10:30 AM in Benton (R)

Tweens ages 9-12:

  • Creation Station at 2:00 PM on Mondays in Benton & Fridays in Bryant
  • Summer Island Time on Mondays at 4:00 PM on Nintendo Switch Online (R) (V)
  • Game On! On Tuesdays at 2:00 PM in Benton (R)
  • Lets Dig In! Cooking Club on Thursdays at 2:00 PM in Bryant (R)

Teens ages 13-18:

  • Primitive Gaming on Mondays at 3:00 PM in Bryant
  • Minecraft on Tuesdays at 4:30 PM on Minecraft (V)
  • Dig Deeper: Lorebrarians on Wednesdays at 3:00 PM in Benton (R)

Adults ages 18+:

  • DIY Adventures on June 1 & July 6 at 2:00 PM on Facebook/Kit pickup at both branches starts at 9:00 AM
  • True Crime Book Club on June 4 & July 2 at 2:00 PM in Bryant (R)
  • Master Gardeners on June 6 & July 11 at 6:00 PM in Benton
  • Meteorology 101 on June 7 at 6:30 PM in Benton (R)
  • Tai Chi for Beginners on June 10 & July 8 at 11:00 AM in Benton (R)
  • Jackbox Game Night on June 10 & July 8 at 7:00 PM at Pasta J’s Benton
  • Mind-Body Wellness Series on June 11 & 25 and July 9 & 23 at 2:00 PM in Benton (R)
  • SCL Bingo on June 14 & July 12 at 7:30 PM – Location TBD
  • Write Your Own Obituary on June 15 at 11:00 AM in Benton (R)
  • Adult D&D Night on June 15 & July 20 at 7:00 PM in Benton (R)
  • Carpool Cinema on June 17 & July 15 at 7:00 PM in Benton (R)
  • SCL Trivia Night on June 21 & July 19 at 7:30 PM – Location TBD
  • Splatter Painting Party at 6:00 PM on June 23 in Benton & July 19 in Bryant (R)
  • Solve-A-Murder: Who Killed Veronica Falcone? on June 24 at 6:00 PM in Benton (R)
  • Game Show on June 28 & July 26 at 7:30 PM on Facebook (V)
  • When the Ice Melts Author Talk on June 30 at 7:00 PM at Capaci’s Coffee & Tea in Hot Springs (R)
  • Author Talk with Wanda E. Brunstetter on July 5 at 6:00 PM on Facebook (V)
  • Dyeing Techniques at 6:00 PM on July 14 in Benton & July 20 in Bryant (R)
  • What Are You Laughing At? on July 22 at 7:00 PM in Benton (R)
  • Potterpalooza on July 30 at 6:00 PM in Benton (R)

All ages:

  • Summer Reading Kickoff Crystal Dig on June 4 at 1:00 PM at Ron Coleman Mining in Jessieville
  • Opening Day Water Party on June 6 at 10:00 AM in Benton
  • Summer Reading Fun Fest on June 11 at 10:00 AM at Crossing at Angel Court Park in East End
  • Fancyful Fairytales at 9:00 AM on June 13 in Bryant & July 11 in Benton
  • Hot Springs Village Summer Reading Kickoff on June 17 at 10:00 AM at Coronado Center Library in Hot Springs Village
  • Fishing Derby on June 18 at 9:00 AM at Arkansas Health Center Pond
  • Animology on June 27 at 10:00 AM & 1:00 PM at Springhill Elementary Gym