Summer DIYs

You're in charge of your summer reading adventure!

Fill in a box on your reading record (PDF) by reading, attending a program or completing a DIY activity at the library or on your own.

DIY Activities

  • Ask about your family's history, or draw your family tree
  • Read a book and share it with someone
  • Find books you are willing to part with and pass them along for others to enjoy
  • Learn to juggle
  • Write a story using fortune cookies
  • Visit Northwest Library's Garden, and go on a scavenger hunt
  • Donate canned foods to your local food pantry
  • Trace shadows on the ground with chalk and watch what happens when the sun moves
  • Visit your local park and have a picnic
  • Balance rocks on top of each other to create a cairn or a sculpture
  • Join Walk Worthington on a Wednesday evening for a community walk
  • While on vacation, send a postcard to your favorite library location and we will display them
  • Visit the Little Free Library at the McCord Park Playground
  • Learn a new language (try the library's online resources, including Mango Languages and Little Pim)
  • Visit a museum such as the Columbus Museum of Art (free Sunday admission). Pick out your favorite piece of art and find out more about the artist.
  • Read a library magazine on your portable device using the free Zinio service. Ask us how!
  • Make a map of your house or neighborhood
  • Find one way to make your home or life more environmentally friendly
  • Identify the types of butterflies, birds or insects in your yard
  • Write an alternative ending to a book or movie
  • Look up at the stars and, using a book or your phone, try to identify what you see
  • Do science experiments with kitchen materials
  • Visit your local farmers market and try to identify an unfamiliar fruit or vegetable, and then explore different ways to prepare it
  • Construct your favorite animal out of fruits, vegetables and toothpicks
  • Write a song, poem or rhyme
  • Help a neighbor plant flowers, build a garden or do yardwork
  • Create a mural out of chalk
  • Make a photo journal or family yearbook of your summer adventures
  • Grow some of your favorite herbs in a small pot. Use them in a new recipe and share the dish with friends.
  • Clean up trash at a local park
  • Make birdfeeders out of pinecones, vegetable shortening/suet and birdseed
  • Go camping, even in the backyard!
  • Build a stage out of blankets and other materials. Put on a puppet show for friends and neighbors
  • Make a Superhero Headquarters out of cardboard boxes
  • Make your own superhero accessories (capes, masks, gadgets, etc.) out of recycled materials
  • Learn a new sport or game and teach it to your friends so you can play together
  • Make fairy houses out of bark, leaves, moss and anything else you can find
  • Learn to hula-hoop, hop-scotch, jump rope or play four-square
  • Like the library's Facebook page, and leave a comment about your summer reading
  • Follow the library's Teen Instagram page
  • Share a favorite recipe with a friend
  • Read the book, then watch the movie. Ask us for suggestions!
  • Visit the library and check out a book on one of our themed displays