Sno-Isle Libraries Summer Reading program, Dig Deeper, starts on June 15, but it will be a little different this year.
Librarians were in the middle of planning for Dig Deeper events when coronavirus concerns led to the closure of all Sno-Isle Libraries community libraries on March 13. As it became clear that libraries would be closed for an extended period, the team pivoted to move events online.
They did it while still meeting the June 15 program launch date.
“The closure of our community libraries forced our Youth Services staff to think outside the box, and they really rose to the occasion,” said Jennifer Sullivan, Student Success Coordinator for Sno-Isle Libraries. “We’ll have live, virtual programs presented by local musicians, artists, magicians and more.”
Read for at least 10 hours and submit the log online (or at a library after community libraries reopen to customers) to earn a free book, courtesy of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation and Friends of the Library groups. Read an additional 10 hours and be entered to win a grand prize. Kids could win a popsicle party and teens could win a $50 gift card to Best Buy.
Paper reading logs will be available when community libraries reopen for customers.
New this summer, Reading Together 2020 features six no-wait eBooks for youth. The first eBooks will be available June 15, one each for upper elementary, middle school, and high school, and available for one month. Enrichment resources and virtual programs will be offered for each title. The first set of titles are “The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez” by Robin Yardi, “Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus” by Dusti Bowling, and “The Marrow Thieves” by Cherie Dimaline.
Dig Deeper includes fun and exciting virtual programs and events. Dates and times will be updated throughout the summer at sno-isle.org/summer-reading.
To kick off Dig Deeper, families can join a live video party on Zoom presented by Science Tellers on June 23, 25 and 27. This engaging and interactive experience will combine story and science to tell the tale of “Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress.”
Two digital escape rooms will keep tweens and teens busy: Escape the Pop Culture Museum and one with a “Harry Potter” theme.
“Harry Potter” Week, July 27-31, will include trivia contests, magician Jeff Evans and the Secrets of Wizards, the escape room, and at-home activity and craft suggestions.
Dig deeper into art, science, history and more in a weekly Summer Snippets video that will be released every week.
Coming soon is the Sno-Isle Community Scavenger Hunt. Smiling suns will be popping up around community libraries. Find all 12 to solve the secret message.
Go to sno-isle.org/summer-reading for the latest information on Summer Reading virtual programs, activity ideas and book lists.