No-contact Summer Reading Program receives good reviews from patrons

Thursday, July 23, 2020
Happy summer readers picked up their activity packets during the No-contact Summer Reading Program at the Remsen Public Library.
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Though the usual Summer Reading Program could not provide performer programs such as magic shows, bingo, karaoke, or legos this summer due to COVID-19, the Remsen Public Library came up with a way to offer children a No-contact Summer Reading Program option instead this year.

Each year the Summer Reading Program has a theme; this year it was “Imagine Your Story”. The Summer Reading Program ran from June 8 to July 17, 2020.

Remsen Public Library Director Janeene Klein explained what the No-contact Summer Reading Program entailed, “Our Summer Reading Program was a combination of an online story along with activity packets. Hannah Harpenau would read a children’s story and post it on our library Facebook page. Harpenau and Alicia Hoffman would put together packets that readers could pick up curbside. Included in packets were activity pages, crafts and games that went with each weeks' book.”

The main stories that were read and then posted online included the following:

Week 1, June 8-12: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle.

Week 2, June 15-19: “The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister.

Week 3, June 22-26: “Stuck” by Oliver Jeffers.

Week 4, June 29-July 3: “Fourth of July” by Emma Berne.

Week 5, July 6-10: “The Tiny Seed” by Eric Carle.

Week 6, July 13-17: “How to Catch a Dragon” by Adam Wallace.

According to Klein, “This year’s program had about 70 participants, and the library was very pleased with that number.”

The library received good feedback about the program this year. According to Klein, “The library usually hosts performers or guests each week during the summer but we were able to reschedule performers for next year. We have had good feedback about packets and may try to do something similar next summer for our readers. It seems packets were especially popular at our local daycares since readers could do projects as a group.”

Klein stated, “We are hoping next summer our library is full of summer readers inside the library! We would like to thank all summer participants and invite all children to keep reading. The Remsen Public Library is open curbside, by appointment or unlocked doors on Thursday mornings from 9-11 a.m. Please call the library for information at 786-2911.”