Mayor’s Summer Stars - Summer Learning Challenge


 There are so many great programs to take advantage of over the summer in every city neighborhood. Whether kids prefer to experience an adventure through books or they thrive in hands-on activities, I challenge kids to fight off the summer brain drain and have some fun by taking advantage of the free programs City libraries and R-Centers have to offer. This page offers a comprehensive list of ways kids can meet the challenge this summer.

- Mayor Lovely A. Warren

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R-Centers offer opportunities for kids to explore their passions through activities that focus on their interests.

STEM Explosion
Exploring STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects with hands-on activities, helps children connect learning to their own lives and the world around them. This program will ignite and expand your child’s interest in science and technology.
Available at: Carter Street R-Center

Creative Arts Workshop
Creativity is using the imagination to see the world or solve a problem in a new way—a valuable skill for academics and life. In this arts-infused program, children will unleash their imagination. Local artists and trained staff will lead daily activities exploring dance, theater, creative writing, music, arts and crafts and more.
Available at: Edgerton R-Center

Sports Center
Youth who play sports do better in school, develop personal discipline, and learn how to get along with others. At Sports Center, children will explore a new sport each week. Participants will learn basic skills through age-appropriate clinics, try fitness exercises, practice as a team, play group games and compete in tournaments. The program culminates with the R-Center “Olympics” at the end of the summer. Available at: Avenue D & Campbell Street R-Centers

Earth Explorer Expeditions
In this program, children will discover the great urban outdoors. Participants will explore local parks and natural areas and learn about nature, urban gardening, nutrition, healthy cooking, reusing and recycling and more.
Available at: Humboldt R-Center

Download a Summer Recreation Guide 

Summer Learning Labs

The City of Rochester Bureau of Recreation will once again partner with EnCompass Resources for Learning to offer fun and engaging summer “Learning Labs” free to youth in grades K-6 at five R-Centers: #42, Adams, Gantt, Lagrange, and Frederick Douglass. Building on an “Olympics” theme, Learning Lab participants will develop vocabulary, comprehension, problem solving and reading readiness/skills while regularly engaging in creative project-based reading and critical literacy activities.
Learning Labs will be held Monday-Thursday from July 5 to Aug.11. Please contact host R-Centers for more information and to register.

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Rochester Public Libraries across the city offer a wide variety arts, literature and fitness activities all summer long. From fencing to campfire stories, City Libraries have special activities to suit every interest.

Download a City Library Summer Guide


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Summer is an excellent time to start a new adventure in reading. To encourage kids to continue reading during the summer the city is encouraging kids to “stop, prop and read” by reading 10 books this summer. Participants who complete the challenge will receive an official Mayoral Excellence in Reading Certificate and coupon for a free book from City libraries. Participants can pick up books from any library.

Download a Drop Everything and Read participation form


Lovely and Taylor’s Book Club16-M-and-T-book-club

Throughout the summer, Mayor Warren and her daughter, Taylor, age 5, will share their favorite books with the community through displays at the branch libraries and also on social media. Each week, two books will be featured. This week, the Mayor is recommending Music Everywhere! By Maya Ajmera for Pre-K students, and Little Roja Riding Hood for early readers.

Residents can follow the Mayor’s book club by visiting or