The Marinette County Public Libraries are challenging children, teens, and adults to collectively read 100,000 minutes between June 22 and July 31, 2020 in the library’s annual Summer Reading Challenge.
In typical years, the public libraries in Marinette County offered Summer Reading Clubs to encourage school-age children to keep up their reading skills during the long summer months. Each ran a little differently, but the clubs tracked how many minutes or books children, teens, and adults read during the summer. They also offered engaging events at the libraries. Local businesses donated coupons for food or activities in each community for the libraries to give away as reading incentive prizes.
Like so many other community traditions that have been re-imagined in response to public safety concerns, the Marinette County Public Libraries are offering an at-home, County-wide Summer Reading Challenge. Anyone who lives in Marinette County may participate for free. Participants with Internet access may track the time they spend reading using Beanstack (an online website or app) and participate in virtual programs including Story Time, Itsy Bitsy Story Time, Digital Escape Rooms, STEM activities, and crafts. Participants without Internet access may track their reading minutes on paper and complete the crafts and activities using the Reading Challenge Booklet provided by the library.
Children’s Services Librarian Lara Lakari helped coordinate and organize the library’s switch to a County-wide, at-home Summer Reading Challenge. She says, “The opportunity to work with all of our branches and expand our summer offerings is very exciting. We hope that patrons will enjoy the variety and accessibility of our program this year.”
Registration begins on Monday, June 15. Visit www.marinettecountylibraries.org to register using Beanstack or contact your local library. Registrants will receive a Summer Reading Challenge Booklet and family activity kit. Created by Marinette County Library staff, the Booklet is full of craft instructions, songs, games, and stories. The family activity kit contains materials to complete the crafts and activities; supplemental craft envelopes are also available if more than one person in a family wants to participate. Families will need to supply some of their own materials like markers, glue, and empty toilet paper tubes. The Summer Reading Challenge Booklet will be available to view on the library website; activity kit quantities are limited.
Participants have the opportunity to earn virtual tickets to enter into Grand Prize Drawings by logging reading minutes, completing activities, and reviewing books. Grand Prize Drawings will be gift certificates purchased from local businesses.
The Summer Reading Challenge will look different from previous years, but the libraries’ commitment to engaging readers remains the same. For more information on the Summer Reading Challenge, virtual events, curbside pick-up, or for other questions, please visit www.marinettecountylibraries.org or find us on Facebook.