5 Things to Do This Summer at the Library

Summer is in full swing, and the library is here to help you make the best of it! Whether you are looking for a great new read or some opportunities for adventure and exploration, the library is here to help!

Here are 5 ways to make the most of your summer at the library!

1. Participate in summer reading

Have you entered our summer reading challenge yet? We have challenges for all ages, each with the chance to win fabulous prizes. The challenge runs through August 31st, so there is still plenty of time to participate! Click here to check out our summer reading blog post to learn more, sign up, and check out the fantastic prizes we have up for grabs this year!

If you need some inspiration on what to read, check out these suggested reading lists curated by our librarians!

2. Get outdoors

The library has an extensive collection of things you can borrow to maximize your time outside this summer!

  • Going camping? We have a tent, camp chairs, hammocks, and coolers for your adventure.
  • Hosting a backyard barbeque? Borrow some of our outdoor yard games!
  • Want to host a movie night under the stars? Check out our inflatable movie screen and projector.

Visit our Library of Things page to find these items and many more!

We even have State Park passes you can check out so you can explore all the beautiful areas located right here in our own backyard! Find more information at the the bottom of our Experience Passes page.

3. Go for a ride

We are excited to share that the NBPL now has bicycles available for checkout! We have 3 adult-size and 3 child-size bikes for all your summer outdoor adventures.

The bikes check out for 3 days, and are able to be renewed 1 time, as long as there are no holds on them. Find out more here!

image of 6 bicycles that are available for check out

4. Visit local attractions

Looking for something to do with the kids while they are home from school for the summer? Or maybe there are places you’d like to visit but haven’t had the chance?

We have a large selection of passes to popular local attractions that you can check out! Passes are available on a first come first served basis, so stop in today to see what’s available. We have lots of fun options like the Milwaukee Art Museum, Harley Davidson Museum, the Mitchell Park Domes, and many more! Learn more on our Experience Pass page!

5. Go on a treasure hunt

Grab a map from the second floor reference desk, and embark on an epic quest throughout the entire Bridges Library System! Decipher clues to discover amazing treasures at all 24 libraries in Waukesha and Jefferson counties, and collect stamps to be entered into a raffle for monthly prizes. The treasure adventure is great for all ages, and the hunt is on through August 31st!

Get all the details about the treasure adventure here!


Don't forget to check out our event calendar to see the complete list of fun events taking place at the library this summer.

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How are you going to maximize your summer with the library?