Summer Reading Challenge goes virtual

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Southwest Public Libraries will present its annual Summer Reading Challenge (SRC) virtually this year, running now through July 25. SRC is offered for all ages.

This year’s theme, Imagine Your Story, focuses on fairy tales, fantasy, folklore and mythology. Youth participants will have the opportunity to track their reading, watch online programs, and do online activities to earn points for raffle entries and prizes. Adults will have the opportunity to submit book reviews online and be entered for a chance to win a small gift card at the end.

SRC is a long-standing patron favorite, and it was important to the library to adapt it into a virtual format as COVID-19 restrictions continue.

“Summer reading is essential in reducing the summer slide,” says Youth Services Librarian Mary Allen. “With so many other activities shut down and parents searching for learning opportunities for their kids, engaging youth and supporting their learning became even more important. We are excited to be able to encourage reading and provide activities online.”

The library will host special SRC performers and presenters virtually on Mondays and present virtual library programs on Wednesdays via the library’s Facebook page. Virtual story times will continue twice weekly, along with newly added STEM story times, biweekly. Special performers and presenters include musician Zak Morgan, the Cooking Caravan, Didgeridoo Down Under, Ohio Nature Education, Stevens Puppets, and ScienceTellers, storytelling with a science twist. For adults, Library Live Chats will continue and take-home craft kits and activities will be available to pick up and enjoy at home.

In addition to virtual SRC, Southwest Public Libraries is offering no-contact holds pickup by appointment while buildings remain closed. Patrons can find more information about the SRC program or no-contact holds pickup at the library’s website swpl.org.

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