Radford Public Library’s summer reading program is here.
Through Saturday, July 31, the library will be running its yearly summer program for kids, teens, and adults. The program promotes reading daily to earn prizes and to earn entries to win raffle baskets.
“The summer reading program is a fun way to promote literacy, encourage reading as a healthy habit, and help readers experience reading as fun and adventurous,” according to the library.
This year the library is offering a new service called Beanstack for participants to easily track daily reading for the summer. Participants may register online at radfordva.beanstack.org. They can then log every day they read, write reviews, earn badges and prizes, and earn tickets to use to try and win a raffle basket.
Participants who do not wish to track their progress online can stop by the library to sign up and get a paper reading log.
As for the program’s events in terms of COVID precautions, the library has this to say:
“It has been a difficult and challenging past fifteen months, and Radford Public Library has not had in-house event during this time out of an abundance of caution for the safety of staff and patrons. We are continuing to work with the safety of all in mind. Summer Reading Program events are often specifically geared for children, and we realize that children are not able to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at this time.
“For this reason, we will primarily offer SRP programs either outside or online. When this is not possible, some indoor events may be offered. Everyone who is not vaccinated must wear a mask within the library.
“We would also encourage families to maintain their distance from each other and will do our best to set up indoor events with spacing in mind. Library staff will wear masks when interacting with the public regardless of vaccination status per Radford City guidelines.”