BUCKHANNON – Don’t let the summer doldrums take its toll on your kids this summer! Two Buckhannon libraries will offer free summer reading programs to keep children engaged and interested during the summer months. Even reading for entertainment can help avoid the summer learning delay.
The Charles W. Gibson Library will be offering two programs this year – one for ages 7 and under and another for ages 8 and over. The theme of these programs offered by the Charles W. Gibson Library and Upshur County Public Library is “Tails & Tales,” where children will learn about the environment and the creatures that inhabit it. There are prices associated with completion and participation for each program.
The two libraries are completely separate and children are encouraged to participate in both programs. The Upshur County Public Library program begins June 1 and ends July 1, 2021. This summer reading adventure is for readers of all ages and skill levels and will include outdoor activities, prizes and weekly “I Spy” challenges. Participants will earn points for every minute spent reading and for every 50 points, readers will earn a ticket for a prize. Participants must follow their reading in print or online through the ReadSquared app on a smartphone.
The Charles W. Gibson Library program begins June 14 and ends August 7, as the schedule is based on two-week increments. Participants will start reading about environmental protection and animals that can be protected right in their own backyards. From June 28 to July 10, children will discover the different animal companions “with whom we share our homes and our hearts”. July 12 and 24 will be devoted to savannas, jungles and oceans. Children will discover the many habitats and exotic animals that inhabit these ecosystems. Finally, from July 26 to August 7, children will discover legendary creatures through different literatures and mythologies.
For ages 8 and up, there will be events scheduled internally; however, if social distancing crafts are preferred, participants can also take a craft kit with them and complete it there. June 22 will be “Recycled Art”, June 28-July 9 will be “We Evaluate Pets”, “Animal Magnets” will be July 19 and “Character Creation” will be August 2 .
Readers can stop by the library at any time to pick up themed craft kits and participate in activities to complete their game board and win their prize pack. Participating children ages 7 and under will win game coins throughout the summer that will help them win their prize pack at the end of the program. Director of the Charles W. Gibson Library, Catherine Norko noted that the prize will consist of a certificate of completion, in addition to a tote bag filled with several goodies. Readers aged 8 and over will be eligible for two different sweepstakes and a grand prize will be awarded to the child with the most diligent participation, which will take place on August 8. For this drawing, every book read and every quiz question answered will win an entry in the raffle – more participation equals more chances of winning!
Registration for the Charles W. Gibson Library’s Tails & Tales program will begin June 1. Registration forms for the programs are available at each of the libraries. Norko encourages readers to participate in this program, in addition to the Upshur County Public Library Reading Program. The programs are completely separate and will involve a variety of concepts to keep young readers engaged in learning while having fun.
The Charles W. Gibson Library is open Monday to Tuesday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be closed on June 21 for the day of the West Virginia, as well as Saturday, July 3 and Monday, July 5, on the occasion of Independence Day. The Upshur County Public Library is open Monday through Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Norko said, “Summer reading is one of my favorite things to do. I did this when I was a kid and loved every minute of it. I encourage the children to continue doing this.
Stop by either library, or better yet, both libraries, to pick up a registration form and offer your children the opportunity to participate in this summer reading program that will encourage the engagement and creativity while out of school.