Magic Hands

Whether it’s paint or the shapes you can make, your hands can create all kinds of magic!

Here’s a fun storybook at the Burlington Library that has a great shadow play inside. Share it with a little one and make them smile…



Where’s Waldo?

Where’s Waldo might be the question you think of first when looking at these pictures but China’s scorching heat wave recently, with temperatures near triple digits, have sent people rushing to the beach. Here are some photos of people cooling off at Chinese beaches as they try to find relief.

For us, this type of crowding is not a problem but we do only have 42 days until school starts, so get out there, grab a good book, some sunscreen and enjoy!




China Summer Heat



Here are a few guarenteed good reads for the beach:


Relax, You Won’t Feel a Thing…

screamingWoman-1Or maybe you will feel many things as you read stories of love, drama, mystery…It’s completely up to you. Despite the horror stories you may have heard, summer reading @ your library is NOT lame. It’s actually pretty awesome. So, sit back, relax, and give it a chance…’cause it’s starting in 5…4…3…2…1…READ!

How to sign up for summer reading:

1.  Go to library and sign name on clip board.

2. Take a reading log.

3. Set a reading goal (number of pages, hours, or books).

4. Read 🙂

5. Attend fun and interesting teen events @ the Burlington Library.

6. Meet your reading goal.

7. Turn in completed reading log with name and phone number. 

8. Sit back and wait for a phone call telling you that you’ve won a prize! 

9. Rest, relax, and express yourself this summer @ your library. 

“Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through mortal friends.”

                                                                                                            – Dawn Adams 

BPL’s Top Ten List

Why You Should Sign Up For Summer Reading @ Your Library

10. Books don’t get caught in braces. 

9. You can burn 45 calories per hour just reading a good book.

8. Reading won’t cause pimples. 

7. Magazines don’t ‘crash’. 

6. Graphic novels look good with whatever you’re  wearing. 

5. It’s cheaper than  a new video game. 

4. You can drown out your parent’s cheesy music by listening to an audio book. 

3. You’ll learn words even your teachers don’t know. 

2. It’ll confuse your parents. 

1. It’ll make you a more interesting person while winning great prizes!

Do It Like Nobody’s Watching…


We’re all about reading and having a good time at the Burlington Public Library. Our Summer Reading Program sign-ups will begin June 15th. With lots of great prizes, it’s a win-win for everyone. We also think it’s important to spend time outside. So, mark your calendars for, Go Skateboarding Day, June 21 and Summer Reading, June 15. Whether you’ve skated since you were 3 or you’ve never picked up a board before, give it a shot. The same can be said for reading. Find a good book and read like nobody’s watching!

For those of you whose parent’s just say NO on the skateboarding, have them read this article before giving you the final say-so. You might just be surprised. 

Look for upcoming events on our teen blog. We have a fantastic two-part program on skateboarding coming up this summer at the Burlington Public Library, so keep an eye open for dates and times. Remember, all programming is free and when you sign-up for summer reading at any Skagit County Library, you can use your teen reading log as a free pass on SKAT buses traveling between libraries. It’s a great way to get around the county and read great books and magazines.

Oh, also let your parents know that one of the library’s biggest sponsors this year is Adam McCoy, owner of Hidden Wave Boardshop in Burlington. He is a great resource and is very enthusiastic about encouraging kids to read because he believes that reading is that important!hiddenwave_logo