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Kind, Connected Summer: Home

Join AC Library for a Kind, Connected Summer June 15 - August 15

Kind, Connected Summer Experience

Welcome to the Kind, Connected Summer experience! The activities gameboard can be downloaded below or collected safely from the outdoor display at any of our 10 community libraries. You’ll notice that this year’s summer learning program looks different from years past

  • All ages are welcome to participate. 

  • No registration required, no start or finish point – play as much or little as you want.

  • One gameboard for all ages. Alternative activities are available on the back of the gameboard if any of the main activities do not work for you or your family.

  • While this year’s gameboard is not focused exclusively on logging reading time, any activity can be replaced by reading or listening to a book.  

  • Everything on the gameboard can be done without visiting the library and keeping in line with the current public health orders.

  • Two rounds of gameboards! An updated gameboard will be released on July 20th with a new set of activities.

If you don't have access to a printer, use the files marked "Digital" below to keep track of your completed activities. 

Kindness Journal

Explore what kindness means to you by creating your own Kindness Journal! You can download journals here or pick-up from the outdoor display at any of our 10 community libraries. We encourage you to create a Kindness Journal in any format that speaks to you: drawing, mixed media, sculpture, video, song, etc. You can then upload your journal to our BiblioBoard portal where it has the opportunity to be cataloged and available for all library members to enjoy. If you need guidance in scanning your journal with your phone look at the "Photographing Your Journal" box on this page.

Journals can be found in our BiblioBoard Anthology.

Share Your Journal

Photographing Your Kindness Journal

Lay your Kindness Journal on a flat surface
Hover directly over your journal with your phone's camera
Fill up the screen as much as possible with the document
Keep steady and snap your photo!
Tips and Tricks. Make sure your are in a well lit area. Make sure there aren't any shadows covering your owrk. Preview your photo and check to see if your photo is clear.

Prizes

For entry in the weekly prize drawing share one story/video/photo/drawing inspired by an activity from the gameboard. Drawings will be held every Friday from June 19th – August 21st. Winners will be notified on Friday and will have two weeks to collect their prize.

Share each week online or submit through mail (Alameda County Library, Attn: Kind, Connected Summer, 2450 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538). Entries must be submitted by Thursday at midnight before the Friday drawing. Any entries submitted after that time will roll over to the next week's drawing.

Prizes value around $100 each and are purchased from local Alameda County small businesses.

 

Kind, Connected Summer Virtual Events