Summer Reading Activities & Events

Get active this summer!  Lots of things to do for all ages. Scroll down to find something fun for you or your family.

For more information about how to register for the summer reading program this year or to see a list of our prize drawings, please go to our summer reading information page.  


Alberr the Trickster Tortoise's Digital Escape Room at Pioneer Park

An interdimensional traveling tortoise named Alberr, created a digital escape room outside the Puyallup Public Library in Pioneer Park.  Can you solve the puzzles created by this tricky tortoise?  Recommended for ages 10+.  Work in a group or by yourself. Click here to get started!

Teen and Adult Events

Animal Jeopardy
Tuesday, June 15
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Are you wild about animals? Test your animal knowledge with a classic game of Jeopardy, live on Zoom! For ages 10+. Registration required

Emily’s Papercrafts: Origami Birds
Saturday, June 26
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Emily Mallory from Emily's Papercrafts is back to show you how to make origami birds, live on Zoom! Use your own supplies or pick up a kit from the library. For ages 12+. Registration required,

Paint Night with Pinot’s Palette: Rockin’ Rhino
Thursday, July 8
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Description: Join us for paint at home fun with Pinot’s Palette! Local artists will walk you through a lovely animal painting to create your own masterpiece. This class will be available for 7 days for everyone who signs up! No supplies? Pinot's is offering paint kits for $10!  If you're interested in purchasing a kit, please let us know when you sign up. For ages 12+. Registration required, please call the library at 253-841-5454 or email us at

Animal Spelling Bee
Thursday, July 22
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
What's the buzz all about? An animal spelling bee! Test your spelling skills and learn fun facts about animals, live on Zoom! For ages 10+. Registration required.  

Writing Workshop: "You Are a Sea Cucumber, You Are a Wolf: Writing Like an Animal" presented by local poet and artist Troy Kehm-Goins
Wednesday, August 4
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Join us we explore the voices of animals in literature. Through examples, writing prompts, exercises, and games we will try to capture our own “animal voice” on the page as a short poem, flash fiction, or the perfect sentence to include in a larger piece. Ages 12+. Registration required.   . 


Weekly Take & Make Kits for Kids 

Nothing to do? Inspire imagination and creativity with a different STEAM Take and Make kit each week, available at the library while supplies last.  From crafts to science, kits include the materials needed for each project. Recommended for children ages 5+.  While supplies last.  

Starting June 14: Five Things to Make with Yarn 
There are countless ways to create, craft, play, and experiment using yarn. Not only that, you can make something beautiful and interesting! 

Starting June 21: Rice Pilaf 
Rice Pilaf can be simple or complicated.  We'll get you started, but you can get creative! 

Starting June 28: Mini Trinkets with Shrinky Dinks 
Make unique plastic pieces that look like glass. Just draw, bake and shrink. Make charms, keychains, ornaments, jewelry, toys or anything you can imagine.  

Starting July 6: Five Things to Make with Straws   
Flex your engineering skills, experiment with physics... using straws?  Yes indeed!  From a flapping butterfly to origami stars; even a ball that "floats" in the air, these projects add up to fun. 

Starting July 12: Lentil Daal 
Lentils plus spices equals DAAL!  And you can make it at home. 

Starting July 19: Canvas Art Using Painters Tape  
Create abstract art with canvas, tape and paint! 

Starting July 26: Five Things to Make with Pipe Cleaners  
Test for UV rays, create a light-up LED bracelet, a crawling caterpillar and more with pipe cleaners. 

Starting August 2: Gnocchi  
The word gnocchi may be derived from the Italian word nocchio, meaning a knot in wood, but these little potato dumplings sure taste good! 

Starting August 9: Robot Hand STEAM Activity   
This DIY Robot Hand is a simple and inventive engineering activity that explores the basics of robotics. You can create a moving, bendable hand with just  straws, paper, and string! 


Summer Storytime Videos

Join Miss Bonnie for stories, songs, fingerplays and more.  Reading, rhyming, singing, and talking inspire literacy and language development, the foundations of learning. Storytime is structured to help show parents and caregivers how they can help their child interact with books and develop early literacy skills, too!   Especially for ages 3 to 5.   Watch these videos now on the library's YouTube channel.

Join Ms. Carol and Ms. Debi as we sing, dance, and rhyme to music.  Singing and dancing along are highly encouraged!  This storytime experience will help your child learn new and old songs, follow directions as we move to the music, develop phonological awareness, and so much more. A new video will be released every other Thursday.  Recommended for children 1-6 years old.  Watch these videos now on the library's YouTube channel.   


Page Turner Adventures

Lions and Tigers and Chickens …oh, my! Get ready for a Story Safari with Page Turner ANIMAL Adventures! Watch online for new VIRTUAL activities every day. Experience interactive comedy shows, crafts, recipes, virtual field trips, and guest performers. Find the links here, in Beanstack, and on our social media feeds!

If prompted, put in this Username and Password:
Username: PuyallupLibrary
Password: summer2021


SHOW DAY: The Ocean’s Got Talent
To watch the FULL FUN video, click on this link. . 

CRAFT DAY: “Printed” Ocean Scenes
To watch the FULL FUN video, click on this link. For craft instructions click here.   

AUTHOR DAY: Kate Messner
To watch the FULL FUN video, click on this link.. 

MASHUP DAY: Coffee Filter Fish
To watch the FULL FUN video, click on this link. For craft instructions click here. . 

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 SHOW DAY: Myrtle Over the Moon
To watch the FULL FUN video, click on this link.

CRAFT DAY: Cow Over the Moon Paper Plate Spinners
To watch the FULL FUN video, click on this link. link. For craft instruction click here

AUTHOR DAY: Tammi Sauer
To watch the FULL FUN video, click on this link

MASHUP DAY: Clucking Chicken Cups
To watch the FULL FUN video, click on this link. For craft instructions click here.

GUEST DAY: Kamal Bell from Sankofa Farms
To watch the FULL FUN video, click on this link.