The Will Rogers Library Summer Reading program is going virtual! This year, the theme is “Imagine Your Story”, and beginning June 1 children and teens will be signing up online via Beanstack, a fun and interactive site library customers can access through the library website at www.willrogerslibrary.org. The site gives full information on the new format, as well as information on different programs and prizes, and a direct link to the Beanstack registration website at willrogerslibrary. beanstack.org .
“We’ve made some necessary changes this year in light of the ongoing pandemic” said Library Director Sherry Beach “but the changes actually allowed us to update the program in some really fun ways, and make it much easier for parents and kids to read and join in the activities all summer long, from wherever they are!”
Beach explained “We still have programs for all ages, the Early Literacy program for kids 5 and under, the core reading program for kids ages 6-12 and another for teens 13-17. With Beanstack, once you sign up online you will be directed automatically to the right program for your age group. Then you can enter reading times, complete some fun activities specifically designed by the library to earn badges, The more badges you earn, the more chances you have to win! Beanstack also lets families register together and keep track of all their programs in once place, which should make tracking reading for families much easier.”
The Summer Reading program is updated every year, and designed to go along with the annual theme designated by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Science. This year the theme is Imagine Your Story. “It’s a really creative theme this year” said Beach, “and we’ve got some really creative activities to go along with the reading as well. We’ve also changed the requirements, so this year the Summer Reading program will be based on the amount of time read, rather than the number of books read. “We know readers will read at different paces, so this streamlines that for kids” said Beach. “Our goal this year is just to have kids to read a little every day throughout the summer; the actual number of books really isn’t an emphasis this year”.
The Library will now be awarding the Summer Reading prizes toward the end of the summer. Parents who read with Little Learners for at least 6 hours, and complete activities targeted to their child’s age group, will win an early reader book. Kids 6-12 who read at least 8 hours this summer will win an Inflatable Dragon, and be entered into a Grand Prize Drawing for either a Hogwart’s Express Train Lego Set, or a Cinderella’s Castle Lego Set. Teens who read at least 8 hours this summer will be entered into drawings for one of 8 $50 Gift Cards from either Walmart or Amazon. While the Summer Reading Program starts June 1st, prize distributions will not start until July 1st, and the drawings will be held August 3rd. “We can also mail out prizes at completion, if we have vulnerable patrons who prefer not to come in to a busy building at that time” added Beach.
“Beanstack is easy to use either online or through a mobile app, and so far all the patrons we’ve spoken with have been really excited by the ability to complete the program online” Beach said. “You will need a library card and an email account to sign up. If any of our patrons do not have Internet or mobile access, they should call the library and staff will sign up for them and give them instructions on how to participate. We want to make sure everyone is included!”
The weekly entertainment events will also be taking place online, either via Facebook Live or another streaming venue, depending on the performer. Those interested should watch the Library’s Facebook page for details.
“It’s definitely a new and different way for all of us, but we’re going to make sure it’s fun and exciting, and most of all, full of great opportunities and incentives for reading!” said Beach. “Ultimately that’s what it’s all about….just to read and have fun this Summer with the Library”.
For more information visit the Library’s webpage at www.willrogerslibrary.org, or call at 918-341-1564.