Libraries’ Summer Programming Is All about Connections

The Door County Library has been busy gearing up for its Summer Reading Program, this year creating events for all ages with the theme of All Together Now and the goal of partnering with local organizations and businesses to create fun, memorable opportunities for library patrons.

Youth services librarian Beth Lokken said that although there are lots of events to check out, certain programs and partnerships are highlights for the summer program.

One special collaboration is with HELP of Door County and its mobile advocate, Asa Patterson. Once a month starting in June, Patterson will lead the Understanding Friendship through Creative Expression program at the Sturgeon Bay Library. Using a variety of creative media, Patterson will lead activities to help young people create and maintain healthy friendships. Each event will offer two sessions: 1-2 pm for ages 10-13, and 2:15-3:15 pm for ages 14-19. 

The library is also working with the Door County Maritime Museum and United Way to present workshops for fourth- through sixth-graders to design, build and operate underwater ROVs (remotely operated vehicles). Workshop space is limited, so registration is required. Representatives from UW-Oshkosh will attend the July program to discuss using robots to study plastics in the water.

Another exciting partnership is between Peninsula State Park and the Fish Creek Library branch, which will host some of its summer programs in the park. And, the Peninsula Reptile House will offer hands-on educational experiences as it works with the library for the first time.

This is just a sampling of what the Door County Library has in store for the summer, so check its online calendar regularly to read about more events.

A major component of the Summer Reading Program is its reading challenges, which are open to all ages and all forms of reading, including being read to and listening to audiobooks.

To participate in the challenges, patrons can track their reading either through the Beanstack app or by using paper copies available at any library branch. As Beanstack users log reading or participation in library events, they earn tickets that can be entered to win a weekly drawing for a free book or Door County gift certificates. Those using paper logs should turn them in to their local branch for the drawings.

Find out more at, and join other participants in the Facebook group at