2020 has been a doozy of a year. Summer is meant to be a time of rest, relaxation, and celebration; but that may look a little different in 2020 than in years past. Because of COVID-19, we have made the decision to change things up a bit in support of the mental recharge we all desperately need during these trying times. To learn more about what this means, select your reading group below.

CHILDREN (Age 0 – Rising 6th Graders)

We realize that families have had a lot asked of them this spring. Transitioning to a homeschool environment during a global pandemic is trying, at best. This is why we want to make this summer as peaceful and calm as possible for all of you. We know that the last thing you want to do is hold your children accountable for more required learning and responsibilities. And even less appetizing is the idea of tracking and reporting, so there will be no reading logs or monthly prizes/giveaways. However, reading for fun is still a great way to spend time alone or as a family.

We wish we could offer you all the fun activities—crafts, storytimes, performers, book clubs, prizes, and parties—of our standard summer reading programs, but limitations on gathering sizes and people in our building make that impossible. As of now, all programming has been cancelled through the summer; and visitors to the Library are asked to keep their visits brief and limited to “browse, select, check out, and go.”

So what WILL there be?

Summer Fun Kits

Our goal is to make sure that all young readers in our community have the literacy tools that they need to learn through play this summer. We will be distributing “summer fun kits,” which will include fun goodies and a few surprises. We will let you know how to get one when they become available. 

eBooks & eAudiobooks

We have also made a large investment into building our online and digital collection of eBooks & eAudiobooks for young readers, so we invite our patrons to check out our new and improved children’s collection on Libby by Overdrive. This is a great way to expand your at-home or on-the-road collection of reading materials without ever having to step foot in the Library. Your will need your library card and PIN to check out.

Online Programming & Challenges

While all in-person programming has been cancelled for the time being, we will continue to share library-created content—including storytimes, and crafts—through our Facebook and YouTube. Be sure to follow along on our digital platforms so you don’t miss any of the fun… there may even be surprises in store throughout the summer! 


TEENS (Rising 7th – 12th Graders)

We realize that students have had a lot asked of them this spring. Transitioning to a homeschool environment during a global pandemic is trying, at best. This is why we want to make this summer as peaceful and calm as possible for all of you. We know that the last thing you want to do is be accountable for more required learning and responsibilities. And even less appetizing is the idea of tracking and reporting, so there will be no reading logs or monthly prizes/giveaways. However, we still encourage you to find opportunities to read for fun.

We wish we could offer you all the fun activities—crafts, parties, book clubs, and prizes—of our standard summer reading programs, but limitations on gathering sizes and people in our building make that impossible. As of now, all programming has been cancelled through the summer; and visitors to the Library are asked to keep their visits brief and limited to “browse, select, check out, and go.”

So what WILL there be?

Summer Fun Kits

We want to help you enjoy your summer, encourage you to get outside in the sunshine, and inspire you to create wonderful things. Which is why we will be distributing “summer fun kits,” which will include fun goodies and a few surprises. We will let you know how to get one when they become available. 

eBooks & eAudiobooks

We have also made a large investment into building our online and digital collection of eBooks & eAudiobooks for teen readers, so we invite you to check out our new and improved young adult collection on Libby by Overdrive. This is a great way to expand your at-home or on-the-road collection of reading materials without ever having to step foot in the Library. You will need your library card and PIN to check out.

Online Programming & Challenges

While all in-person programming has been cancelled for the time being, we will be adding library-created content online—including scavenger hunts and an escape room—through our TeenZone Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to follow along on our digital platforms so you don’t miss any of the fun… there may even be surprises in store throughout the summer! 


ADULTS (Ages 18+)

Adults are invited to pick their own reading challenge this year, with multiple opportunities for prizes throughout the summer. Adult Summer Reading will go throughout the summer, with monthly reading goals and prizes. That means you get 3 opportunities (June, July, and August) to push yourself, read as much as you’d like, and enter into drawings for great prizes.

Pick Your Own Challenge (10/10/10)

Each month, YOU get to decide how much you want to read. We’re calling this the “10/10/10 Challenge,” and you can choose to read for 10 days, 10 hours, or read 10 whole books per month.

Feeling super ambitious one month and notsomuch the next? That’s totally OK! You can read 10 books in June, but only 10 out of the 31 days in July for however long you want each of those days (if that’s what works for you). At the end of each month, check back here to let us know you’ve completed whatever challenge you set, and you’ll be entered into the drawing for that month’s prizes. 

Prizes

“What kind of prizes are we talking about?”, you ask. Great question! Each month we will feature several gift certificates from local businesses ranging in value from $5 to $25, which means that whenever you read, you’re supporting the local economy and helping us all bounce back from the negative economic effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Each month is a new opportunity to win big, so be sure you keep up the momentum all summer long. Sign up today to be notified when monthly submissions become available.


SPONSORS

“A Breath of Fresh Air,” Summer Reading 2020, is sponsored in part by the Natrona County Library, Natrona County Recreation Joint Powers Board, local McDonald’s restaurants, Serendipity Cafe, and Cluck It.

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