Library Summer Reading Program underway

RADFORD – The Radford Public Library’s Summer Reading Program 2020 is underway, albeit in a different form than previous years.

The program “will look different than years past due to COVID-19, but we’re still here to provide books, prizes, and activities to keep you active and reading all summer long,” reads an announcement from the library.

Summer Reading 2020 opened on Monday June 8.

“Unfortunately, RPL is not able to host a festive Summer Reading gathering as we have in the past. However, RPL will be providing both an all-ages paper reading log as well as a new app, READsquared, to help you track your reading over the summer. We encourage you to come to RPL weekly and pick up an activity pack – items to take home and create – through our Grab & Go Hold service.

We’ll have a variety of activity packs such as making bouncy balls, decorating fabric canvas bags, creating beaded jewelry and more. Be sure to keep reading and picking up books and more at the library this summer because we’ll also be giving away weekly prizes to a lucky few just for checking out books from RPL.”

Participants should in their June reading log by July 3 or earlier by dropping it in the RPL bookdrop and return to pick up their new July reading log. Returned reading logs will be used for raffle tickets for the library’s big prize at the end of summer reading. Readers who signed up with READsquared will also be automatically entered into the drawings. RPL Summer Reading readers can participate either or both ways.

“At RPL, library staff have been missing our patrons. We’re looking forward to reading with you this summer. Please find us on social media on Facebook or Instagram to stay up to date on everything going on at the library this summer. Please keep your eyes peeled for more information to come, and please call us at 540 731-3621 to schedule a Grab & Go Hold pick-up today.

The library is also launching a new service to help patrons get the internet access they need with Computers on Call. RPL is now offering one-hour computer use sessions by appointment in the library’s community room. Please call (540) 731-3621 if you’re interested in this new service. Library staff are pre-screening patrons for COVID-19 symptoms with a short list of questions over the phone prior to confirming a scheduled computer use time.

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