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This year the Grande Prairie Public Library is taking its annual Summer Reading Game to the beach with our theme Shipwrecked! For our adult summer reading game we are encouraging adults to continue reading all of their favorites, with the chance to challenge themselves by reading from several of our Shipwrecked categories. For every book read and submitted to GPPL, adults will have chances to win prizes from our weekly and grand prize draws. Once a minimum of six books have been read this summer participants will be entered into the mid-summer and summer end grand prize draws, which includes tickets to the Bear Creek Folk Festival and the Grande Prairie Live Theatre.We are also offering several free programs throughout the summer, so keep an eye out on Facebook and Instagram as we continue to add events. Some of our programs include a Stranger Things Escape Room (limited space), Tie Dye T-Shirts, a Beach themed Paint Night, making Book Treasure chests, and a showing of Adrift (PG). Some programs require registration, so visit our events calendar on our website for more information.The teen summer reading game is for teens, aged 13 to 18, to inspire them to read a variety of genres and materials this summer. For every book read and submitted to the library teens will be entered into our weekly draws for gift cards and library swag. We will also be having a grand prize draw at the end of the summer, where every participant in the teen SRG will be entered to win. This year our reading challenge is a book bingo, where teens will have even more chances to win if they read books that match any of our shipwrecked themed categories. Come to the Library to pick up a Teen Shipwrecked reading log, which includes a calendar of all of the free summer hangouts offered in July and August, the summer reading game rules, bingo categories, and a log to record all the books read this summer.Teen Summer Hangouts is a weekly event of either crafts, activities, or movies. These run every Thursday afternoon at 2:00pm, starting July 4th. They run all summer long, are always free to attend, and no registration is required. Some of the programs planned for this summer include Mario Kart on Nintendo switch, card games, summer movies, button making, and activities such as Silent Library and Snack Olympics. We will also be hosting an after hours lock-in on Friday, July 26th, where teens take over the library after hours to play games and activities that require a little more space and noise. Teens are also welcome to attend many of the programs being held Wednesday evenings, so make sure to check online at gppl.ca for program age restrictions.In celebration of our theme Shipwrecked, we are hosting a week long Pirates of the Caribbean Movie Marathon that is open for all ages to attend. From July 15th to July 18th, at 6:00pm, we will be showing each of the first four films in order. Then we finish it off with “Dead Men Tell No Tales” on Saturday, July 20th, at 2:00pm. Bring your own snacks, and join us as we sail through the seven seas this summer at GPPL.-Kyla Heatherington, GPPL