The summer reading program has always been about promoting the importance of reading. Reading benefits everyone by stimulating the mind, reducing stress, expanding vocabulary, improving memory and strengthening concentration, just to name a few. For school age children in particular, summer reading helps prevent learning loss over the summer months. Due to COVID-19, the summer reading program for 2020 looks and feels different than it has in the past, but we will continue to advocate for the importance of reading, and add to the enjoyment of reading, by offering fun programs and incentives. For more information on the library’s policies relating to COVID-19, check out the COVID-19 Information and Resource Page. Online tracking options offered through Beanstack, along with online challenges, and summer bingo have been added to this summer’s program and are reflected on this calendar. Most in-person programs will require registration in order to continue social distancing guidelines. Looking ahead, and hoping that restrictions are lifted later in the summer, some programs currently planned do not require registration at this time, but, this may change as the summer progresses. Continue to monitor the library’s website, Facebook page, Twitter account, and YouTube channel for the most up-to-date information.
Register for 2020’s Summer Reading Program by visiting us in person at the library or online through Beanstack. Follow this link to use Beanstack!
For detailed information about using Beanstack, check out our How-To Guide.
June, July and August programming information is available on the online calendar located on the Programming Page. You can also view a pdf of the calendar 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.
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 Friday, August 28, 2020 at 6:00pm. All participants must have a valid library card with current contact information to qualify. Prize winners will be notified no later than September 2, 2020.
Pick up a Bingo board in person at the library, or request one through curbside pickup by emailing email@example.com. Each time you check out items at the Waterford Library, you will receive a Bingo piece. Scratch it off, match the picture to your board and tape it on. When you collect 5 pieces in a row to make Bingo, bring your completed bingo board to the library and trade for a new game board. All children ages infant through age 18 are eligible to play. All boards with a legitimate bingo will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win gift cards or other prizes. All boards must be completed and dropped off at Waterford Library no later than August 28, 2020 at 6:00pm. Information must be legible and accurate. All participants, parents or guardians must have a valid library card with current contact information to qualify. All winners will be contacted by phone or email no later than September 2, 2020.
Tweens and Teens ages 10 – 17 are invited to earn grand prize drawing entry tickets by participating in a Teen Summer at Home Bucket List! Bring the form, with the activities you completed checked off, to the library by August 28 for a chance to win a gift card! Pick up a printed sheet or request one for curbside pickup by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 August 28, 2020 to be eligible for prizes. Winners will be contacted by phone or email no later than September 2, 2020.
Attention teens ages 12 – 17! Do you need volunteer hours, or are you looking for something productive to do this summer? Since the library is not offering the usual volunteer shifts this summer, we’re providing you with alternate opportunities!
Start by filling out this Volunteer Information Form. You can email it to email@example.com, drop it in the book drop, or bring it to the library in person.
Here’s how it works:
1. Choose an activity from the list provided here. Follow the instructions.
2. Most activities require you to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Why? We will use this as a way to award volunteer hours, and some of the activities will help us promote the library and reading. Earn volunteer hours PLUS 1 grand prize entry ticket for each activity completed between June 15 – August 28.
3. Have your parent/guardian sign off on the Social Media Approval Form, which can be dropped off at the front desk or through the book drop, or take a pic of the signed form and email it. This only needs to be done once during the summer. By allowing us to post your wonderful volunteer work online, your efforts and time can be shared in a positive way! Show us what you can do!