Summer Reading Program

Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative

Crestview, Destin, Ft Walton Beach, Mary Esther, Niceville and Valparaiso

Events at All Libraries


Crestview Library

Summer Reading

June 3 - July 26 

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Children ~ Teens

Storytime Classes

Ages 0-2 Storytime Class:

Short story, music and movement - in the story room

Tuesdays through July 20 at 9 or 10 am (except July 2)

Focus: ages 0-2 and their adult(s); older children welcome; first 25 children each class

Pre-register on our online calendar and arrive on time for a guaranteed spot or “fly stand-by”.  Registration opens one week before each class.

Ages 3-5 Storytime Class:

Stories, music, movement and a simple craft - in the story room

Mondays or Wednesdays through July 19 at 10 am (except June 19, July 1 & 3)

(simultaneous with Ages 6-11 Class)

Focus:  ages 3-5; younger siblings welcome if accompanied by an adult; older children welcome; first 30 children each class

Pre-register on our online calendar and arrive on time for a guaranteed spot or “fly stand-by”.  Registration opens one week before each class.

Ages 6-11 Storytime Class:

Stories, library skills, games and a craft - in the story room

Mondays or Wednesdays at 10 am (except June 19, July 1 & 3)

(simultaneous with Ages 3-5 Class); sign-in at 10 am, pick up in the Story Room at 11 am

Focus:  ages 6-11; older children welcome; first 25 children each class.

Pre-register on our online calendar and arrive on time for a guaranteed spot or “fly stand-by”.  Registration opens one week before each class.

Summer Movies

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Tuesday, June 4 at 2 pm

Nim's Island Tuesday, June 18 at 2 pm

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Tuesday, July 16 at 2 pm

Lego - Free Play Ages 5-17  

Tuesdays -June 11, 25 and July 9, 23 2-4 pm Competition with prizes!
Pre-register on and arrive on time for a guaranteed spot or “fly stand-by”. Registration opens 2 weeks before each event.

Summer Reading Challenges Ages 5-17

Reading logs (with more details) will be available beginning in mid May.  Look for them in the library or on the Classes, Clubs and Services page on our website,

Summer Kick-off: Didgeridoo Down Under!  6:30-7:15 p.m. on Friday, May 31 at Warriors Hall, 201 Stillwell Blvd

Reader Awards will be Friday, July 26 @ 6:30 pm, Warriors Hall, 201 Stillwell Blvd, Crestview.

Teen Time Fridays, 2:30-4:30 pm  6th-12th graders

Reading Logs

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Destin Library

Summer Reading

June 1 - July 27

Adventure begins at the Destin Library this summer! Enjoy weekly special events and activities, personal online reading tracker and reading challenges with Beanstack,  achievement rewards for all ages, and Grand Prize drawings! 

Pre-Registration starts May 17th. Create your account through our Beanstack website at or download the Beanstack app on your mobile device. Beanstack is a digital reading log where you will keep track of your reading challenge minutes and activities. The more minutes you log, the closer you get to earning reading rewards and an entry into the grand prize drawings. For help signing up with Beanstack, call us at 850-837-8572

Summer Reading Events

Summer Reading Kick-off: May 31, 6-7:30 pm Register for Summer Reading. Enjoy food, fun, and games. Preview prizes and get help from Library Staff registering on Beanstack, our reading tracker app.

Mr. Larry's Magical Misadventure June 20 at 11 am (all ages) at the Library.

Interlibrary Beach Cleanup July 27, 8 am (all ages) at Okaloosa Island Boardwalk - 1450 Miracle Strip Pkwy, Ft Walton Beach.

Recurring Events

Babytime: Mondays 10 am 

Preschool Storytime: Thursdays 10 am (offsite at Clement Taylor Park on June 13 & 27 and July 11 & 25)

Events for ages 6-11: Thursdays 2 pm 

Craft Nights for (Teens & Adults) or Family Movie Nights Fridays 6 pm 

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Some events require registration. 

    Ft Walton Beach Library

    Summer Reading

    June 1 - July 27 

    Summer Reading Foam Kickoff Party  Saturday, June 1st from 10am-12pm at the Fort Walton Beach Rec Center.

    Baby Storytime (pre-walkers) every Friday at 10:30am (except for July 5th). 

    Lapsit (ages 0-3) two groups on Thursday mornings at 10:30am.  Each group will have the same classes and meet every other week.

    Group 1: June 6, June 20, July 11    Group 2: June 13, June 27, July 18

    Preschool Storytime (ages 3-6) every Tuesday at 10:30 am

    Choose Your Own Adventure (school-age storytime, ages 7-12) every Wednesday at 10:30am (except June 19th & July 3rd). We will be reading choose your own adventure stories and creating our own story throughout the summer.

    Jessica Valek - Sea Turtle Adventures - June 6th

    Ranger Bruce - Outdoor Adventures - June 13th

    Choctaw Basin Alliance - Tuesday, June 4th from 2-3pm (ages 7+)

    Pop-up steam - every Saturday from 10am-noon.

    Teen events -  Saturdays from 2-3 (except July 6th)

    Grand Finale Party July 27th

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    Mary Esther Library

    Summer Reading

    June 7 - July 26

    Kick-off Event (all ages) June 7, 10:30 am

    Nonie's Animal Ark (ages 7-12) June 11, 4-5 pm

    Jessica Valek (ages 7-12) June 14, 10:30 am

    Mr. Larry Balloon Demonstration (ages 7-12) June 21, 10:30 am

    Family Craft Night (all ages) June 24, 4:30 pm

    Adventure in the Library/Amazing Race (ages 7-1) June 28, 10:30 am


    Adventures in Art (ages 7-12) July 5, 10:30 am

    Adventures in Archaeology (ages 7-12) July 8, 10:30 am

    Adventures in Food (ages 7-12) July 19, 10:30 am

    Family Craft Night (all ages) July 15, 4:30 pm

    School Supplies Giveaway/Finale: July 26, 10:30am


    Baby Storytime (0-2) Wednesdays (except the third Wednesday) at 10:30 am

    Pre-k Storytime (3-6) Thursdays at 10:30 am

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    Summer Reading 

    June 5 - July 26

    Kick-off Event: Open House Wednesday, June 5, 10:30 am – noon. 

    Stop by the Youth Services and pick up reading logs, schedules, and information about this year's Summer Reading Program. 

    Family Events

    Animal Tales Zoofari Earth (ages 3& up) Friday, June 7, 10:30 am and 2:30 pm, Niceville City Council Chambers

    Mr. Larry's - A Magical Misadventure! (ages 3-12) Friday, June 21 at 10:30 am, Niceville Community Center.

    Mr. Richard Sing-a-Long Fun (ages 3 and up) Wednesday, June 26 at 10:30am, Niceville Community Center

    Family Movies

    Migration (rated PG) Wednesday, June 12 at 2 pm

    Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie (rated PG) Wednesday, July 10 at 2 pm

    Summer Reading Grand Finale

    Pittman Magic, Juggling & Comedy (ages 3 and up)– Thursday, July 25 at 2:00pm in the Niceville Community Center

    Storytime Class (ages 3–6)  

    Wednesday and Friday* mornings at 10:30 am in library Youth Services Program Room

    Registration required (limit 30 children) Stories, music, rhymes, and crafts  

    *No programs July 3 – July 5

    Elementary Classes (ages 7-12)

    Registration required (limited class size, online registration will be available)

    Thursdays 2 pm in Youth Services Program Room

    June 13 - Emerald Coast Science Center

    June 20 - Adventures in Nature

    June 27 - Adventures in Imagination

    July 11 - Emerald Coat Science Center

    July 18 - Adventures inthe Dark

    Tuesday Class  June 18 at 2 pm at the Niceville City Council Chambers - Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance - registration required

    Elementary Art Classes (ages 7-12)

    Registration required (limited class size, online registration will be available)

    Tuesdays at 2pm in Youth Services Program Room

    June 11  – Mask Art

    June 25 - Dreamcatcher

    July 16  – Lantern Art

    Teens Kick-Off

    Wednesday, June 7, 1:00 pm, Teen Space - Trivia challenge and movie "Top Gun: Maverick" (rated PG-13)

    Reading logs will be available. Read for prizes and participate in events from June 7 – July 21.

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    Summer Reading

    June 3-July 31

    Kick-off Party (all ages) 

    Monday, June 3 at 3 pm with light show, facepainting, ribbon dancers  

    Weekly Storytimes

    Mondays at 10 am (ages 3-5)

    Wednesdays at 10 am (ages 0-8)

    Fridays at 10 am (ages 0-3)

    Coding for Kids - Registration Required

    Ages 5-8 meet Fridays on June 7 & 28, July 12 & 26 at 4 pm

    Ages 9-12 meet Fridays on June 14 , July 5 & 19, August 2 at 4 pm

    Events for Summer Reading Program:

    Library Detective (grades K-5) Wednesday, June 5 at 3:30 pm

    Sea Turtle Education (ages 2-12) Monday, June 10 at 4 pm

    Florida Public Archeology Network presents: Pre-Contact Pottery (ages 5-12) Wednesday June 12 at 3:30

    Fairy Tale Memories Scrapbook Social (teens & adults) Thursday June 13 at 2 pm

    Emerald Coast Science Center presents: Antarctica Challenge (ages 5-12) Wednesday, June 26 at 3 pm

    Handmade Haven: Jewelry Edition (teens & adults) Tuesday, July 9 at 2 pm

    Dinosaur Scavenger Hunt (ages 10 and under) Wednesday, July 10 at 2 pm

    LittleBits Coding Class (ages 11-15) Thursday, July 11 at 2 pm Register Now

    Royal Manner Tea Party (ages 3-10) Wednesday, July 17 at 4 pm

    Beginner Ballet Lesson (ages 2-6) Friday, July 19 at 10:30 am

    PJ Storytime (all ages) Monday, July 22 at 5 pm

    Dancer Showcase (all ages) Friday, July 26 at 1 pm

    Magical Wall Art Workshop (ages 11 and up) Tuesday, July 30 at 2 pm. Register Now 

    Harry Potter Birthday Bash (all ages) Wednesday, July 31 at 2:30 pm

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