Greenwich Library’s Summer Reading Program kicks off on June 15! This year we are offering programs for preschoolers, school-age children, teens, and for the first time this year, adults!
The theme of this year’s Summer Reading Program at Greenwich, Byram Shubert, and Cos Cob Libraries is “Imagine Your Story,” and it’s filled with reading challenges, virtual events, and boredom-busting activities for kids of all ages.
The children’s program will focus on fairy tales and stories of epic adventures. It will look a little different this year since keeping everyone reading, as well as safe, is this summer’s goal! Registration, reading challenges, and events will take place online since the Greenwich, Byram Shubert and Cos Cob Library buildings are all closed for the time being.
Students in grades K-6 can enroll online on the Library’s Summer Reading website beginning on June 15. Once logged on, you’ll be prompted to register for the Library location of your choice. Log your reading minutes online and complete activities to earn great prizes, including raffle tickets for a chance to win a grand prize when the program ends on August 15. Prizes vary by Library and readers can sign up to take part in the program at more than one Library.
The Library’s Summer Reading website will also feature a fun activities section that will have weekly crafts, reading Bingo, coloring pages, STEAM learning activities, and videos. Preschool children can join in the fun to earn small prizes in the Read-to-Me program, tracking their reading by using the Library’s coloring sheets and reading logs to earn a small prize for every 10 books they read.
Be sure to check out the Library’s ONLINE CALENDAR for fun virtual programs taking place as part of the Summer Reading program.
Journey across medieval lands and encounter other-worldly creatures with Greenwich Library’s summer reading program for Young Adults. Once you register on the Teen Summer Reading page, pick up a fantasy or fairy tale novel, and join us! Use your Greenwich Library card to try new book genres, streaming services, and so much more. Read up to 1,600 pages and complete at least two challenges to enter the drawing for an online raffle ticket to win one of the Grand Prizes. Challenges include: write a book review on the Teen Central Blog, create a book trailer or video book review, and download a graphic novel or comic from Hoopla and join us for Graphic Novel Book Discussion Group. Grand Prizes up for grabs are a Kindle Fire, a $50 Amazon Gift Card, and a $25 Diane’s Books Gift Card.
The program for adults is designed to encourage readers 18 and up to read outside their comfort zones this summer. Participants are encouraged to complete five different library challenges by August 15 in order to win a prize. Examples of challenges are read or listen to a folktale or mythology, read or listen to a memoir, read a graphic novel from Hoopla Comics, check out a magazine or newspaper using RBdigital, and check out a book from the Overdrive Express Collection. The full list of challenges and a challenges checklist can be found on the Library’s Adult Summer Reading webpage.
The Adult Summer Reading webpage also features book recommendations from Greenwich Librarians and the opportunity to browse specific genres, including Modern Fairy Tales and Books by Connecticut Authors, to find worthwhile books that you might not normally come across or check out.
The Library has an exciting line up of virtual events planned for this summer, inspired by the “Imagine Your Story” theme. Check out the Library’s online calendar to register!
Happy Reading, everyone!