The primary goal of the Summer Reading Challenge is to promote the importance of reading. The benefits of reading include stimulating the mind, reducing stress, expanding vocabulary, improving memory, and strengthening concentration. For school-age children in particular, summer reading helps prevent learning loss over the summer months. The 2021 Summer Reading Challenge will offer the advantages of online participation alongside in-person programming options. Reading can be tracked online through Beanstack, and prize drawing tickets can be earned and entered right in your Beanstack account. In-person programming, along with take-home crafts and challenges, will be offered throughout the summer. We will continue to encourage social distancing and face coverings as long as these safety precautions are recommended by local authorities and the Library Board. Monitor the library’s website, Facebook page, Twitter account, and YouTube channel for the most up-to-date information.
Register for 2021’s Summer Reading Challenge by visiting us in person at the library or online through Beanstack. Follow this link to use Beanstack!
For detailed information about using Beanstack, detailed information is available here.
More detailed program information can be found in the summer programming brochure available here.
General information about how to participate and win prizes can be found here.
Pets on Parade Photo Challenge
Friday, June 11 – Wednesday, June 30, 2021
To kick off our Summer Reading Challenge theme, “Tails and Tales”, we are having a (Photo) Pet Parade! Bring in a photo of your pet to be added to our Pets on Parade Collage, which will be displayed in the children’s area. You can drop off a photo or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to include both your name and your pet’s name! Challenge runs June 11 – June 30, 2021.
Tiny Hooves Sanctuary Drive
Thursday, July 1 — Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Tiny Hooves Sanctuary rescues and provides forever sanctuary to abandoned farm animals and educates the public on compassionate farm animal care. The library is accepting monetary and wish list donations on their behalf!
Please contact us or go to www.tinyhooves.org for details.
Tiny Hooves Amazon wish list can be found here.
Tiny Hooves Tractor Supply wish list can be found here.
You can purchase items directly through Amazon or Tractor Supply and have them sent to Tiny Hooves, or you can drop off item and monetary donations at the Waterford Library.
Attention teens! Incoming freshman through outgoing seniors: Do you need volunteer hours, or are you looking for something productive to do this summer? We have available in-person volunteer opportunities for you!
Here’s how it works:
1. Stop in the library for a Teen Volunteer Guidelines form or click the link: 2021 SRP Volunteer Guidelines.
Read over the form and sign it. If you are under 16, have your parent sign the form too.
2. Sign up for volunteer shifts on the printed out Volunteer Sign Up at the Children’s Information Desk. Don’t forget to mark your calendar with the shifts you choose.
3. Check in with a staff member at the beginning and end of each shift. By volunteering, you’ll earn entries to win a gift card!
4. Don’t forget to sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge! This is a perfect way to keep track of your reading and earn entries to win great prizes! Download the Beanstack app or click here to enroll.
If you have any questions about volunteering or about the Summer Reading Challenge for teens, please email email@example.com.
***Tweens ages 10 – 13 are invited to earn volunteer hours and a chance to win a VISA gift card by participating in the Tween Summer at Home Bucket List: Tween Summer at Home Bucket List. Click the link to print the sheet or stop in the library for a copy. Bring the sheet, with the activities you completed checked off, to the library by July 20 for a chance to win a gift card! All participants must have a valid library card with current contact information to be eligible to win. Challenges must be completed and turned in no later than July 20, 2021 to be eligible for the gift card drawing. Winner will be contacted by phone or email no later than July 23, 2021.
The Summer Reading Challenge is for grown ups, too! This summer online participation, alongside in-person programming options, will offer the best of both worlds. Reading can be tracked online through Beanstack, and prize drawing tickets can be earned and entered right in your Beanstack account. Look at our online calendar here, or pick up a paper version in the library for all of the detailed program information. We will continue to encourage social distancing and face coverings as long as these safety precautions are recommended by local authorities and the Library Board. Monitor the library’s website, Facebook page, Twitter account, and YouTube channel for the most
up-to-date information. Happy Reading!
Friday, June 11 – Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Adults are invited to play Book Bingo by picking up a Bingo Board at the library or requesting a board for curbside pick up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Complete challenges like “read a book by a male author”, “read a recommendation from a friend” or “binge watch a favorite tv show”. Each completed challenge fills in a spot on the board. Once you get Bingo, bring the board to the library for a raffle ticket and a new game board. Tickets will be entered into a drawing to win gift cards at the end of summer. All eligible Bingo boards must be turned in by 8:00pm on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. All participants must have a valid library card with current contact information to qualify. Prize winners will be notified no later than Friday, July 23, 2021.