It would be tough to imagine summer in Bellaire without the library’s reading program, and now the community won’t have to.
The beloved tradition has been part of the community since the library’s founding in 1951, and despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the city’s dedicated librarians have made sure this summer is no exception, with the free programs for children and teens launching today (Monday, July 6) and running through Aug. 8.
The adult reading program has been deferred to next summer.
No programs or activities will be conducted in the library itself, which is only offering curbside service at this time, but virtual programs and performances will be offered. With the theme, “Imagine Your Story,” this year’s effort will encourage social distancing with reading from home through library books, ones in youngsters’ own homes, assigned summer reading books from school, or ebooks. A new reading incentive will be offered each week, and tracking of books completed will be on the honor system
Two take-home packets will be provided and can be picked up curbside — one for the reading program and another with crafts and activities exploring weekly themes tied to the overall theme. Teens will have their own incentive and activity packets.
At least two performers have been scheduled to offer virtual programs during July, and Youth Services Librarian Terra Thompson will present two story times and a craft instruction video that will be available on the library’s Facebook page every week.
The Friends of the Bellaire Library have again provided funds for the reading incentives and the virtual performers.
“While this summer’s reading program is not what we anticipated we know our readers are up to the challenge to keep reading this summer,” said Library Director Mary Cohrs. “We hope to provide them a little encouragement with the help of the Friends of the Bellaire Library”.
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