Summer Reading Is Here!

Anderson Public Library is thrilled to announce that Summer Reading is back, and all new for 2022! Check the calendar for events and activities, and download the Beanstack app to enroll in the reading challenge.

What’s new?
A new format, an updated and refreshed collection, more choices, and an emphasis on the joy of reading and fun, hands-on learning/creative activities.

Who is it for?
Kids from birth through age 18 can participate in the reading challenge and attend events and activities.

Even babies?
Yes! Babies and other young children may not be reading independently yet, but they still greatly benefit from being read to and looking at and exploring books on their own! And if an older sibling reads to them, the time counts for both!

When does it start?
Summer Reading officially starts with our Kick-Off Party on June 4th from 10am-12pm and runs thru July 31st, for eight full weeks of fun.

How does it work?
This year we are using Beanstack to track reading online; you can download the Beanstack app (probably the easiest and most convenient method) or go to the website at https://aplkentucky.beanstack.com. You only need to create one account for the parent to log reading for multiple kids, though teens may prefer to have their own account and log their own reading. Enter each reader, then enroll them in the appropriate “Oceans of Possibilities” reading challenge for their age. This can be done prior to the official start date, and library staff will be happy to assist you if needed!

When a child enrolls in the challenge, they will get a free book to start them off that they get to choose themselves from our prize book collection! Allowing kids to choose their own reading material gives them ownership of their reading and makes them much more likely to read and be life-long readers.

Log reading time each day, and when they reach 100 minutes, they earn an entry into the prize drawing of their choice, at 500 minutes they earn a second entry into the drawing and a small prize from the treasure box. When they reach the goal of 1000 minutes of reading, which is just an average of 17 minutes a day, they will receive a bonus entry into the drawing, and another free book! Kids can also earn additional entries for attending at least 3 programs each month of Summer Reading. Each age group (Early readers, Kids, and Teens/Tweens) will have a choice of 5 prize drawings they can enter, either for a $25 gift card or a physical prize of similar value. [One winner per prize drawing, and no more than one prize will be awarded to any given entrant.]

Do kids have to read certain books? Do they have to be library books?
No! We want kids to experience the joy of reading and chose books that they want to read! ANY reading counts, regardless of the format, source, or level: print books, e-books, audiobooks, graphic novels, fiction, non-fiction, magazines, reading independently, being read to, reading to others; it all counts. The goal of Summer Reading is to keep growing minds active and instill a love of reading; it should be fun, not a chore. While no particular books are required, the Youth Services staff will be happy to make suggestions and recommendations if needed.

We missed the beginning, is it too late for my kids to participate?
No, it’s never too late! Sign up and start logging reading at any point in June or July, and come to any programs and events you wish, regardless of whether you are enrolled in the reading challenge or not.

What about activities and performances?
After our Kick-Off Party on June 4th from 10am-12pm, there will be weekly programs for toddlers, preschoolers/kindergartners, elementary, and families, as well as programs for tweens and teens at least every other week. In general, they will follow this schedule:
Tues @ 10:30am – Toddler Time
Wed @ 10:30am – Early Explorers (Preschool & Kindergarten)
Thur morning, varied times – Guest Performers -or- Family Movie Day
Thur @ 3:30pm – Middle School Writers Club
Thur @ 4:45pm – High School Writers Club
Friday @ 10:30 – Elementary Explorers
Other Teen/Tween programs will be in the afternoon, on varied days (TBD)

Can I drop my child off?
All children under the age of 11 MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult while in the library. Our summer program is designed to provide family activities, not childcare. Caregivers are expected to attend with children under the age of 8. Children aged 8-10 may attend the program alone, but the caregiver must remain in the building after checking them in to the program. Children age five and younger must be in close proximity and within sight of their adult caregiver at all times when visiting the library.

We are planning a variety of fun activities, such as Shark Week, Slime-of-the-Month Club, sand art, mermaid crowns, arts & crafts, STEM, and more (and of course lots of stories!). In addition to programs and activities presented by library staff, we will have entertainers at the Kick-Off party, the Bright Star Theatre performing “The Little Mermaid”, the Honey Hill Petting Zoo, Jonathan Lindsey’s “Hooked on Science”, and the Kentucky Reptile Zoo. All programs will be listed on the calendar on our website, and most have already been entered.

More Questions? Ask Jennifer or Shelby in Youth Services!