Adventure Begins at Your Library – Summer 2024

Resources for Summer Program Planning

Compiled by Beth Yates ~ Indiana State Library ~



Programming Resources


Related Partner Ideas

  • Smokey Bear Reading Challenge – A project of the USDA Forest Service, Smokey Bear is celebrating its 80th anniversary as the symbol for preventing forest fires in 2024.  To celebrate, the USDA worked with the Georgia State Library to create a reading program that compliments the Adventure Begins theme.  Kids ages 4-10 can complete challenges to earn a prize (provided by your library); the reading log and other supporting materials are located in their online toolkit and can be printed for free.






Programming Groups On Facebook


“Adventure Begins at Your Library” Related Topics To Get You Started

  • Nature / Camping / Parks
  • Sports and competition
  • Outdoor activities of all kinds
  • Trying new things
  • Road trips and travel
  • Learning about the world around us, culturally or scientifically
  • Historical adventures
  • Programs based on adventure books or authors
  • Mysteries, puzzles, and scavenger hunts
  • Learning about other cultures and customs (ideally from someone who belongs to that culture, avoiding stereotypes)
  • Space exploration – astronomy or science fiction
  • Exploring the library – learning more about what the library offers
  • Trying new foods
  • Trying new hobbies


Summer Food Info


Stats and Outcomes


Reaching New and Old Patrons / Community Asset Mapping


Other Resources

  • List of Indiana Library YouTube Channels – add your library’s channel to the list, check out what other libraries are doing, and/or follow each other if you want!
  • Font Guide for 2024 program
    • Fonts used in this year’s program artwork – all are available for free on the internet:
      • Big Shoulders Display Bold
      • Big Shoulders Display Medium
      • Edo



Past Program Year Resources