Summer Fun with the Rochester Public Library & Parks

summer libraryThere is a LOT happening at the Rochester Public Library and the Parks this summer! Here are just a few of the events and programs happening this summer. For more, check out our guide to 20+ FREE Things To Do This Summer.

Summer Playlist

This annual favorite gets kids of all ages reading! Complete the reading playlist between June 4 and August 28, and receive a free bookbag, sticker, and more!

Find the Summer Playlist printable here.

BookBike & ArtCart

The BookBike & ArtCart are a fun way to check out library materials, listen to story time, and create some art each week. The carts will be at parks around the downtown area all summer long. Catch them at one of the locations and times below!

Visit the BookBike & ArtCart each week June 6th through September 1st :

  • Mondays, 10AM – 11AM at Soldiers Field near the playground off of Soldiers Field Dr. SW
  • Tuesdays, 10AM – 11AM at Slatterly Park with Storytime at 10:30AM
  • Wednesdays, 10AM – 11AM at Riverside Central Elementary school near the entrance
  • Wednesdays, 2PM-3PM at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park near the playground for Games in the Park
  • Thursdays, 10AM – 11AM at Silver Lake Park near Three Links Shelter for Art in the Park

Rochesterfest Friends Auditorium Sale- June 20-23

Come support the library! Shop the collection of used books, offered at great prices, all to help benefit the Rochester Public Library! This event is run by voulunteers and all books have been donated, so that 100% of the profits are used to support the library and its programs.

forWARD Neighborhood Park Concerts

This summer series of six concerts, held in parks in each of the six wards of Rochester is designed to bring the community and neighbors together outside of the downtown area. With local bands opening for larger national/international headliners, this series is sure to be great! Food trucks will be on-site for each event. Make an evening of it with the family!

Check out the schedule and lineup here!

Passport to Parks

This is a great activitiy for kids to get outside and play, and to visit different parks around Rochester! Each park highlighted has suggested fun activities and missions, a spot to collect stamps from each offering location, and places to make notes about favorites.

Print your own Passport to Parks here!

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Kim is a Rochester native who in 2006 unexpectedly found herself back in her hometown, marrying a boy she had once dated as a 15 year-old, and putting down new roots. Kim and husband David have three rambunctious boys born in 2011, 2014 and 2017. Kim works part-time at Mayo Clinic as an Education Program Coordinator, and spends the rest of her time chasing her boys and stepping on legos. She loves to escape the chaos with a run, putzing around in the garden, making guacamole in the kitchen, and enjoying a cup of coffee or a glass of wine (not all at once). She is also actively pursuing the world's greatest chocolate chip cookie recipe.