Summer Challenge

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Camp SPL Summer Reading Challenge

Register through Beanstack beginning June 16, 2018 to participate in this year's reading challenge then log your reading
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This year's Summer Reading Challenge will kick off on June 16 and end August 4, 2018.

​Community Goal

We've reached our community goal of collectively reading 8,000 books as of July 17! Now it's time to vote on which of our library staff members will be slimed at the Camp SPL Finale event.

Voting runs from Wednesday, July 18 through Saturday, July 28 and can be done through an online link, Facebook album (one like = one vote), or with paper forms at our library locations. Before voting, view our list of staff to vote for.


Participants will earn one button per book read up to eight books AND one raffle entry per book read. The $500 value raffle prize includes your choice of one of the following:

  • One Night Stay at Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg
  • Annual Family Membership to the Virginia Zoo, Children’s Museum of Virginia, and the Virginia Aquarium
  • Fitness Bundle with Gym Membership for two to Planet Fitness
  • Williamsburg Winery Visit and Stay for two
  • Suffolk Staycation Package
The grand prize is sponsored by the Friends of the Suffolk Public Library.

Camp SPL Events

Monday Fundays

This early childhood series kicks off your camp week with something fun, from Eric Carle Day to Storybook Putt Putt. Find dates and a full list of activities here.


Our elementary school aged campers will learn and discover something new each Tuesday. They can bring a story to life with our Reader's Theater, learn magic tricks with Abracadabra at the Circus, get hands on with Gardening Fun, and discover The Science Behind Sports.

Family Fridays

The whole family is invited as we head outside at the library and local parks for archaeology fun, live music, a rocket launch and more. Find dates and a full list of activities here

Sizzling Saturdays

We're bringing back some popular events for all ages such as the Amazing Peanut Chase Citywide Scavenger Hunt and our annual Pre-4th of July Cookout, and we're also adding some new ones! You won't want to miss out on Camp SPL's Sizzling Saturdays. 

June 16: Amazing Peanut Chase
June 23: Tech-a-Palooza
June 30: Pre-4th of July Cookout
July 7: Family Field Day
July 14: Pedal to the Metal: Cars & More Show
July 21: Off the Grid
July 28: Step Studio and Dance Soiree
August 4: Camp SPL Grand Finale Carnival, Pie Eating Contest, and Talent Show

The Mess Hall

SPL Campers under 18 can enjoy fun activities with a complimentary lunch, while supplies last. Thanks to a partnership with Virginia Department of Education and No Kid Hungry, Morgan Memorial Library in downtown Suffolk (443 W Washington St) will be offering free lunch for up to 50 kids and teens ages 18 and under each weekday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 25 through August 17, 2018. View calendar.

To coincide with the Mess Hall program, Healthy Suffolk donated all of the materials and helped to install a raised bed garden at Morgan Memorial Library. Children attending Mess Hall will learn about the benefits of growing their own food, choosing healthier eating options and will be responsible for watering and weeding the garden.

Teens Meet, Move & Learn

This series is just for teens! From Minecraft to Sewing, find out how Teens Meet, Teens Move, and Teens Learn at Camp SPL.

Other Events

Suffolk Public Library has even more going on this summer at our library locations and out in the community. Discover something new at the library with these other classes and events.