The 2020 Summer Reading and Learning Program for all ages-- babies, children, teens, and adults.
As with the rest of the world, there are big changes happening in our area too. Staff at the River Falls Public Library has worked to reimagine ways in which to connect with our community, especially young learners, over the summer. In the past, our library staff has planned in-person events and encouraged kids, families, and learners of all ages to gather together and maybe even take home some librarian-recommended books or other materials at the same time. The Summer Library Program is still on for 2020, but it may look a little different than usual.
Like in the past, there will be four distinct registration categories for Summer Library Program participants: Babies and Toddlers (up to age 4), Children (preschool through 6th grade), Teens (6th-12th grade), and Adults. Anyone can participate for absolutely free.
The library is excited to introduce a new element to the Summer Library Program for 2020: without knowing what the future will hold in terms of physical library programming, group gatherings, and in-person materials check out, library staff has planned reading challenges and activity prompts that can be logged virtually. Like before, participants may work toward reading goals; new challenges have been introduced for various age levels, including offline scavenger hunts, create-from-home projects, virtual learning recommendations, and outdoor activities. If the library is able to open (or for those who need accommodations), all Summer Library Program challenges will also be available to complete using our traditional paper format.
So, what will the 2020 Summer Library Program look like?
Thanks to the Wisconsin Valley Library Service and a grant from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), every library in the state of Wisconsin has access to an online platform called Beanstack . Beanstack has allowed library staff to migrate all of our traditional summer programs to an online format. Anyone can register and join the summer program that is appropriate for their age level. Conveniently, whole families can sign up under one registration!
Library staff will be creating videos and cheat sheets to help you navigate our new system, answer any questions you have, and get the most out of the Summer Reading and Learning Program. We hope that you are inspired and encouraged to join us for fun and enrichment this summer!
Babies and Toddlers
For our youngest patrons, we have a program that will allow parents and caregivers to log the number of days you spend reading together. The more days you read, the more prizes you can earn. There are also some optional activities in there you can do that build on early literacy and give some fun ways to spend time together. Participants earn online badges, but also some real-world prizes like rubber duckies and free books. This program is designed for babies and toddlers aged 0-3, but some preschool children may have the option to participate as well.
Our most familiar program, this will work very similarly to past years. Students in Preschool through grade 6 will be able to earn a Brag Tag necklace along with beads by counting the minutes they spend reading. Read 10 hours to earn a free book, read 20 hours to earn another free book. If you read 30 hours over the course of the entire summer, you are a “Top Reader” and are entered into a drawing to win a free summer library t-shirt. Students can read more than 30 hours to get extra entries into the drawing. Every badge you earn after the 30-hour mark earns you another entry. Also, we have added some optional activities to this program as well. These don’t get you in the drawing, but are a lot of fun. We have scavenger hunts, art challenges, and more.
Our teen program will look similar to the one we started last year. Teens will be asked to earn activity badges that are worth tickets. Each ticket can then be placed in one of our prizes baskets. Activities will include reading, writing, exploring, listening, cooking, and so much more. For every badge, you have an option of which activities you want to complete, so there are lots of choices here. Additionally, you can earn extra tickets by reading and counting your hours, just like the children’s program. Any badge can be earned at any point throughout the summer, so you can start with logging your reading or doing the activities - whatever works best for you.
The adult program will work very similarly to the teen program. Adults are given a wide variety of activities they can do to earn activity badges. Each badge earns you tickets, which you can then put into the prize basket of your choice. There are 10 activity badges, with a choice of activities under each category. Adults can earn extra tickets by submitting book reviews to the site as well.
Need to talk to a librarian?
Contact Monica LaVold, Youth Services Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-426-3484
OR visit our Library Connect page for more ways to contact library staff.
Take part in River Falls Public Library's 2020 Summer Reading and Learning Program with Beanstack.
Download the Beanstack Tracker app or visit riverfallspubliclibrary.beanstack.com/ to register and get started.
Whether you are using the Beanstack Tracker App or accessing Beanstack from a desktop computer, we recommend you watch these brief tutorials. The following videos provide an overview of the different programs, their functionality, and how to track activities and reading. Click the icon in the bottom corner of each video to enlarge.