Summer Reading at the C.E. Brehm Memorial Public Library

June 25, 2020

C.E. Brehm Memorial Library in Mt. Vernon will hold a summer reading program this year that will be open to all Jefferson County residents, ages 3-109. The program is going virtual this year. and this year the library is also offering summer reading programs for teens and adults.

All of their programs will be done online. Meet your reading goal for a chance to win one of their fabulous grand prizes, including MP3 players, VR headsets, and tablets. Visit to enroll. Registration is ongoing through the end of July. All performances will be at 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Reading programs are listed below.

June 29 – Swords and Roses via Zoom.
July 6 – Animal Tales via Zoom.
July 13 – Babaloo Music via Zoom.
July 20 – Mad Science of St Louis via Zoom.

Summer Reading Activities for the Whole Family. Sign up for Summer Reading to participate in these activities.

Awesome Art with Creativebug.  Dig Deeper into your artistic side with Creativebug!  Visit the library’s Creativebug page, watch some expert tutorials, and create some awesome art.

Around the World in 80 Dishes. Have fun exploring food cultures from around the world.  Try different dishes with your family and discover new favorite foods.  You can find recipe inspiration and information about global food cultures through the library’s “A to Z World Food” database.

Community Scavenger Hunts. Get outside and go on a scavenger hunt.  Look high, look low, and dig deeper into your neighborhood to find everything on your list.

Be a Local Tourist. Visit some of the local historical, art, and nature attractions in our area and see what they have to offer.

Geocaching. The perfect family treasure hunt.  Register for free and receive coordinates for a locally hidden treasure.  Or you can choose to hide your own treasure for someone else to find.

Dig into Your Family History. Learn more about where you come from.  Talk to your grandparents, visit the genealogy department at the library, or try a free trial of  You never know what you’ll find when you shake your family tree. 

Listen to a Podcast. There are a lot of truly great podcasts out there for kids and families.

B.A.R.KBe A Reading Kid.  The American Kennel Club’s reading program invites participants to read a book of their choosing to a dog. Kids may read to their own dog, a dog belonging to a family member or friend, a therapy dog, etc.

Summer Reading Rocks. Have fun with your family painting rocks to place around your community for your neighbors to find.

Make and Take Fridays. Enjoy the fun of our Make and Take Fridays at home.  You can drop by the library each week to pick up a kit, or you can visit our Summer Reading 2020 Pinterest page to find all of the instructions for each week’s crafts plus others.

Summer Movie Nights. Curl up with your family on the couch, your bed, or in a blanket fort and watch some great movies.  Don’t forget the popcorn!

Summer Reading Activities for Teens and Adults. Sign up for Summer Reading to participate in these activities.

Photo Scavenger Hunt. Get out into the community and start snapping those pics!  Visit local businesses, explore new parts of town, check out community art installations … wherever your creative urge takes you.  Make sure to share your photos on the library’s Facebook and Instagram pages and let other patrons try to guess where you were. #BrehmPhotoScavengerHunt

Read with Your Pet. Whether you have a dog, cat, hamster, lizard, or fish, we all love our pets! So why not curl up with them (or near them!) and read a good book? And feel free to share a picture of you and your pet reading together on our Facebook page.  #BrehmReadwithYourPet

Teen Video Challenge. The Teen Video Challenge is an annual contest and is open to all teens. The challenge is for you to create a public service announcement-type video that shows your unique interpretation of the 2020 Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) slogan “Imagine Your Story.”  Five national winners will be chosen and will receive: a $200 cash prize, and $50 worth of summer reading materials for their library.