2020 Summer Reading Program goes virtual
Programming, reading, and fun activities for children are important services offered by Summit County Library. Summer Reading programs have always been designed to encourage elementary-aged children to teenagers to keep reading during summer vacation. Preventing the “summer slide” continues to be the main objective of the 2020 Summer Reading Program.
Recognizing the need to change our approach, Summit County Library has taken a new virtual method to Summer Reading. To support the transition, The Friends of the Library funded new Beanstack software. This allows readers to register and track their reading by registering at summitcountylibraries.beanstack.org.
Starting Monday, June 8, elementary age students to pre-schoolers, teens and adults will log their reading hours on the Summit County Library Beanstack site or app to earn virtual badges. New this year, young readers can choose the traditional reading option, or an activity based quest. The virtual journeys involve road blocks, challenges and problem solving along the way. Activities are STEAM focused, such as building a bridge with Mountain Top Children's Museum, crafting with Frosted Flamingo, learning a dance with the Silverthorne Rec Center, completing a virtual escape room or attempting some basic coding.
The popular free book prizes, have not changed from years past. These will be picked up curbside. The more students read, the better their chances of winning gift cards for ice cream and earning entries into grand prize drawings for toys, stuffed animals and games from local businesses. A sincere thank you to the community for their support of Summer Reading program this year.
Though Magician Ann Lincoln could not visit Summer County in-person this summer to kick off Summer Reading at the elementary schools as she usually does, she has created video performances especially for Summit County. Sign up for the Summit County Library event newsletter to receive the link to those on June 8th.
Adults will also have new opportunities this summer. They have their own virtual challenges to earn Beanstack badges, beyond just reading books. Examples include registering for the High County Conversation Food Scrap Program, listening to a Frisco Historic Park lunchtime lecture or enjoying some meditation or yoga with Building Hope.
Summit County Library is excited to tell you all about our new virtual summer reading program and help you get registered, so call us to learn more, visit our webpage, follow us on Facebook or watch our promo video.