Virtual Summer Reading Program Announced for Kids and Teens

Virtual Summer Reading Program Announced for Kids and Teens

Our annual summer reading program for kids and teens with the theme of “Imagine Your Story” begins on May 30th with a special day-long virtual kick-off program called Rally for Reading on Facebook and Instagram @handleyregional. 

The summer reading program will run through August 6th and will feature a mix of virtual programs for kids and teens including interactive storytimes and puppet shows, teen-led art programs and video game nights, STEAM activities from home, and more surprises.  Virtual and live programs can be viewed online through Facebook @handleyregional.  Participants can win prizes that will be awarded in coordination the Summer Reading Finale on August 8 based on completion of activities and number of books and minutes read depending on age group. 

Some virtual programs will have grab-and-go kits made available with supplies and activities to support the program. Patrons can check for those announcements, more information, and register for kits on the library calendar once they are available at www.handleyregional.org.

To sign-up online for the program directly and access a mobile app that will track reading progress, visit www.handleyregional.org/youthsummerreading.

Last year the library system had over 2,000 reading participants with several thousand attendees at over 300 programs.  This year, the buildings are currently closed to the public due to COVID-19. 

“We are excited to continue to provide the highly-anticipated summer reading program to the community,” says John Huddy, Director of Handley Regional Library System. “Even in times when we can’t open our physical spaces yet, the virtual component will allow us to connect with not only our existing patrons, but give us the opportunity to engage with the rest of the community through our online programs and services. Parents have relied on the library system as an important resource for education and entertainment during the school year, especially now as we all adjust to COVID-19, and we are adapting library resources to help meet the needs of our communities. Everyone at the library has done a terrific job at adjusting content, programs, and prizes to offer this program.”

Benefits of the summer reading program participation include:

  • motivates children of all ages (and families) to read and develop positive attitudes about the resources provided by the library system
  • develops an increased level of literacy for higher education, employment, and standardized testing.
  • helps maintain and grow reading comprehension during the summer when core skills are often underutilized due to summer vacation and lack of educational structure
  • HRLS delivers a free community space – even in virtual environments  - where families can gather together for free educational and cultural enrichment activities and programs