GRAFTON— The Taylor County Public Library (TCPL) is continuing to nurture the love of books for the community’s youngest readers with a recent announcement that they will still be hosting their Annual Summer Reading Program.
The program entitled “Once Upon A Time”, is slated to kicked off on Thursday, June 25.
Participants of the reading program will be grouped by age Mini Readers are those ages four to eight and Big Readers are children between eight and 12 years of age.
The program’s Mini Readers will be asked to read or have five books read to them per week, while the Big Readers are being tasked with reading at least one chapter book each week, or 100 pages.
Readers will keep track of their progress using reading logs, and upon completing of each week’s challenges, they will be entered into a grand prize drawing.
To earn further chances at the prize drawing, readers may also write a fairytale of their own or may choose to read a book to another person, or even a pet, and submit a note including who they read to, the title of the book and a description of their favorite part. Turning in a drawing relating to book that have been read during the program will also earn extra chances.
In addition, participants in this year’s program will be given the chance to earn up to 18 brag tags for achieving each of the weekly challenges.
While the TCPL’s Summer Reading Program proves to be an excellent way to keep children engaged in reading throughout the summer months, this year’s program will be conducted a little differently from those in the past, due to the Coronavirus and orders that are still set in place limiting social events and gatherings.
Rather than meeting once a week at the library, as done in previous years, the reading program will be completed remotely with the options of dropping off or emailing weekly reading logs to the library.
According TCPL Director Alesha Tocco, the video communications application ZOOM will also be utilized for weekly meetings each Thursday throughout the duration of the program beginning on June 25.
Mini Readers will join in on the ZOOM meetings at 11:00 a.m., and Big Readers will meet later in the afternoon at 2:00 p.m., every Thursday until the program concludes on July 23.
“We are asking that parents leave with us a cell phone number and email address to use as points of contact throughout the program. This is where we will be sending the weekly program login information via ZOOM,” she noted.
Tocco further shared that because ZOOM may not be for everyone, hard copy instructions and reading logs will be included in each child’s packet.
Registration is required in order to partake in the Summer Reading Program. Once registered, parents may pick up their child’s Summer Reading Program packet from the library beginning Friday, June 19.
To register your child or for further information, please call the Taylor County Public Library at 304-265-6121.
“Although this is not the traditional way for us to have our reading program, I am still thankful that we are able to host something rather than nothing at all. We look forward to sharing our love of books with the younger members of the community, and are committed to making this an enjoyable event,” Tocco imparted.