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What's Your Summer Adventure?

June 29, 2020 - 12:48pm -- wendy
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The Summer of Jordi Perez book cover
This One Summer book cover
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Denver Public Library’s Summer of Adventure is not just about sitting around reading books all summer (though, I, for one, think that sounds pretty spectacular). It’s about exploring the world, finding new things that spark your imagination and building curiosity that will keep you learning about things you love. Sign up for the Summer of Adventure and try out some of these activities to READ, MAKE and EXPLORE and earn a Foldscope, a book and a chance to win tickets to local attractions or gift cards to local businesses.


For you readers out there, Denver Public Library’s eBook collection can keep you reading no matter where you are. Check out some of these hot reads:

The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding

All Abby wants is to turn her summer internship into a job at one of the hottest fashion boutiques around. So what stands in her way? Her crush on another intern competing for the job and the unexpected friendship with a so-not-her-type-of-friend lacrosse player who drags her all over LA looking for the best burger. By far one of my favorite summer reads!

Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins

Romance is in the air with these twelve summer stories by some of your favorite authors. But don’t be fooled, it’s not all googly eyes and roses. Fantasy, horror and science fiction find their way onto the page along with more traditional romance stories. This book is so hot it sizzles!

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

Though it takes place at a summer lake cottage, all is not romance in this graphic novel. Rose’s parents are always fighting, her younger friend Windy seems childish and silly and being a teen means doing all the things teens do, right? Contemplative and quiet, the blue line drawings perfectly capture this touching story.

Summer of the Wolves by Polly Carlson-Voiles

Orphaned and bounced from foster home to foster home, Nika and her younger brother finally find a home with their estranged wildlife researcher uncle in Minnesota. And of course there are wolves. An orphaned wolf cub to be exact. This book is a great read for wildlife and nature enthusiasts, but the characters are worth reading for as well.

Snow in Summer by Jane Yolen

Snow White meets 1940s West Virginia in this compelling retelling of the classic fairy tale. You may think you know this story, but think again. Unexpected twists and a more updated setting, as well as some rich period details make this a darkly magical summer adventure.

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

New York City, 1977. One of the deadliest summers in history with the serial killer Son of Sam preying on young couples. Against that background, Nora has plenty of worries of her own: a violent brother who is dealing drugs, an absent father and, most worrisome, a new crush. Gritty and vivid, this historical novel reads like a thriller.

The Living by Matt De La Peña

How can a summer job go so wrong? Shy’s job on a cruise ship is supposed to be about big tips, cute girls and playing as hard as he works. A series of natural disasters as well as some human-made ones make this a summer he won’t forget, and not in a good way. Lots of action, mystery and adrenaline make this an exciting read. A word of warning: a pandemic plays a part in this story and may not be for all readers.


What’s your skill? Gardening, building, painting, singing? Enter Denver Public Library’s Maker Challenge now through August 8 and show us your superpower! As if creating something isn’t reward enough, participants will be entered to win a $50 gift card to a local business.

If making is your thing, join our ideaLAB staff for an ideaLABs Maker Meetup. Join other makers to talk about what you are making, ask questions and share resources, knowledge and expertise. Registration is required and you can find more information on our Events page.

Check out new activities every Monday on Denver Public Library’s Summer of Adventure: The Prequel page and find something new to try!


Exploring isn’t necessarily about going somewhere, though going somewhere new is definitely the best kind of adventure! Here are some other tips to help you explore from the comfort of your own home.

Visit our Explore page to try out some virtual travel tips. Who says you can’t explore some of the world’s greatest museums during social distancing?

Not really the museum-going type?  Maybe fantasy worlds are more your speed. If so, try our virtual Role-Playing Games (RPGs) with Virtual Dungeons & Dragons for Teens on Mondays and Tuesdays and Virtual Lasers and Feelings for Teens on Fridays. Registration is required and you can find more information on our Events page.

Looking to learn a new skill? Library staff share some of their secret talents on our DPL Dynamos YouTube playlist. Check it out and maybe they will inspire you to try something new!

Ready to get started earning your Summer of Adventure prizes? Visit the Summer of Adventure page or call 720-865-1111 to register. Happy summer!