Many facets of our lives have been difficult during the long pandemic, but the concept of Summer transcends the simple flip of a calendar page. Summer is the time to relax, take a deep breath, a pause, if you will, to prepare for the coming of Fall and the beginning of the new school year.
At the Charles Town Library, we provide a Summer Reading program to lessen the impact of being out of school for three months, the Summer Slide, and to provide activities and resources to fill the hours of what would normally be spent in the classroom.
In response to the online migration of social interaction, we established our Tails and Tales Reading Challenge using an app called Beanstack to keep track of all the information about who was reading what and for how long. We were thrilled at the finish of the challenge to see that our summer readers tallied more than 90,000 minutes of reading. That’s more than 1,500 hours that will help these students hit the ground running in class.
We also had several other reading challenges, including the Back to School Blast-Off that has resulted in another 13,000+ minutes being added to the great reading of the participants.