A Whale of a Tale

by Kelly

Summer reading, happened so fast. Summer reading, had me a blast. Fans of the musical Grease know that summertime can be one of the best and magical time of one’s life. But how does that apply to summer reading?

For the parents, it’s a free and fun way to keep their young ones, tweens, and teens occupied and educated during the months-long recess from school. For the librarians, it’s a great way to promote reading, literacy, and books, the foundation on which libraries operate. And, for the kids, it’s a surefire way to snag some awesome library loot, making it a win, win, win for everyone involved.

Simply stated, Summer Reading challenge is a nation-wide program offered by libraries during the weeks of summer. Each year, there is a collaborative theme that participating libraries set their own rules and guidelines around.

This year’s theme is Tails & Tales, an imaginative way to highlight books and stories that have a tailed animal, creature, or being as the central character or theme. Though, you are welcome to read any story that you choose.

ANBL’S summer reading requirements for participation and completion vary by age group, Pre-K, Youth, Teen, and Adult, and details can be found when you sign up on the Beanstack app or webpage. Beanstack tracks your progress and is the ONLY place you can enter into the prize drawings.

Here are some things you should know for Summer Reading 2021:

  • ALL AGES can participate- Birth-100
  • All tracking is done through the Beanstack app-NO PAPER
  • You receive virtual tickets in the app that you enter for prize drawings
  • You can read any books you wish (library or at-home books) and may come to the library to browse
  • Our Youth Librarian Team have put together VIRTUAL events that can be viewed on Facebook or our YouTube Channel with take and make fun to go
  • The Summer Reading Challenge begins June 7 and ends July 31

Entering your reading, participating in virtual activities, and writing reviews on the Beanstack app all have the possibility to earn you tickets toward prize drawings. Staff is on-hand during all open library hours to assist you and answer questions.

We hope that the summer of 2021 is one that you will enjoy and remember. Pre-registration is open now. Find the Beanstack app on your phone or device or visit https://alvahnbeldinglibrary.beanstack.com/ to pre-register today.

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