While libraries offer fun and exciting programs year-round, summer has always brought the biggest and most exciting activities. This summer might be unlike any other, but there are still many fun ways to connect with your library this summer.
Since Alamance County Public Libraries closed to the public in March, staff have found new ways to provide programming to our patrons from a distance. We have offered preschool storytimes, mindfulness moments and yoga storytimes, origami tutorials, book club meetings, and more. While providing virtual programming was a new adventure for the libraries, patron response has been exciting and encouraging, and has helped us develop a plan for our summer programming.
The theme for this year’s summer program is Imagine Your Story, a theme with endless possibilities. From June 21st through August 8th, staff will be sharing fun activities and ideas to help you stretch your imagination. Together, we’ll imagine our story around the world, in the garden, in the sky, under the sea, in the stars, as a hero, and as an artist. Programs, ideas, and resources will be shared on our social media and other online platforms. We are also putting together weekly activity packets that will feature puzzles, craft ideas, and scavenger hunts!
In addition to programming, Alamance County Public Libraries will also be offering many ways to support reading over the summer. Studies have shown that reading at least 20 minutes a day is crucial to help prevent the “summer slide” in students. Each week, we will have books recommendations for K-5 graders that relate to that week’s theme. We will also have fun bingo boards for all ages, which will offer readers a way to earn prizes as they complete various activities. Adults can also receive personalized book recommendations through Your Next Great Read, a service which debuted in May.
To stay up-to-date on library activities, you can visit www.alamancelibraries.org , subscribe to our weekly email newsletter, and visit our social media pages. Imagine what your story could be with Alamance County Public Libraries this summer!
Elizabeth Weislak is the Youth Services Coordinator for Alamance County Public Libraries. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org