Imagine Your Story: Our Summer Reading Blog Begins

Our annual Summer Reading Program is back–but with a twist! This year, the program will be entirely virtual. And boy, do we have some fun in store for you.

If you’ve never participated in our Summer Reading Program before, now’s the time to give it a try. Summer Reading Programs began in the 1890s to encourage school children to read during summer vacations. Time and time again, research has shown that K-12 students often lose some of what they learn during the school year over their summer vacation. Summer learning programs like your library’s Summer Reading Program can help offset the “summer slide.”

But why should kids be the only ones in on the fun? Teens and adults can register, too, and win prizes of their own for reading and other summer challenges. In fact, research shows kids may be more likely to see reading as a positive experience if they see their family reading, too.

This year, we’re thrilled that the Summer Reading Program slogan is “Imagine Your Story,” a fantastic fairy tale and legend-themed quest not for the feint of heart. This year’s program includes a youth and teen writing contest, six virtual “quests,” and one HUGE community-wide goal, topped off by our kickoff party with hilarious magician and entertainer Cameron Zvara! Learn more on our official Summer Reading 2020 webpage.

We’ll also share new posts to this blog twice a week! Each Saturday we’ll share a different post promoting some wonderful library materials related to fairy tales, myths, or legends. On Tuesdays, we’ll share a new post in our Mythical Creature of the Week column, where you can learn more about a mythical creature and join us in making a related craft. You can register to pick up Miss Mary’s mythical creature take-and-make craft kits on our events page.

We have a magical Summer Reading Program in store for our patrons, and we look forward to seeing many of you participating in the program throughout the summer.