Columbus Metropolitan Library to offer online Summer Reading Challenge

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Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) will offer an all-online Summer Reading Challenge beginning May 29 and concluding July 31.

Summer Reading Challenge is CML’s signature program to keep young readers from losing critical literacy skills during the summer months. Loss of these skills is often referred to as summer slide, and places children at a distinct learning disadvantage once school begins again in August.

“This pandemic has deeply impacted our young minds and their ability to learn,” said CML Public Services Director Kathy Shahbodaghi. “Helping them get back on track starts with books and reading. This is especially critical during the out-of-school months.”

Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year’s nine-week program will once again be offered with several modifications put in place to ensure the community’s health and safety.

Changes include:

•The program will be online only through columbuslibrary.org/summerreading and with the free READsquared app (available on iOS and Android devices). Customers of all ages can use the app to log in and track activity just like on CML’s website.

•CML is not currently offering any in-person programs at its 23 locations. CML will instead offer a calendar of free virtual events.

•The VolunTeen program, which enables 12 to 17-year-olds to help with customer sign-ups and programs, has been canceled.

•CML will mail participants a Game Board with activities and a free book while supplies last. Participants will complete reading goals to be entered into raffle drawings for gift cards and other prizes along the way. A raffle at the end of the program includes kids’ bikes, helmets and locks for the 5-11 age group.

Customers of all ages can log in starting May 29.

For more information, visit www.columbuslibrary.org.

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