Summer Reading for Kids birth to 5th Grade is at the Williamsburg Regional Library
- Sign ups for Williamsburg Regional Library’s summer reading programs begin June 12.
- Kids from birth through rising 5th graders can participate in the library’s “Read with Friends” program, while rising 6th-12th graders can take part in the teen-friendly “#GameOn” program.
- This year’s summer reading programs include a mixture of online and in-person activities, making it possible for kids and families to participate on the go.
It’s that time of year again — WRL’s summer reading program is back! This year promises more fun than ever, with lots of entertaining programs, cool prizes, and great books just waiting to be read.
This year’s program for kids from birth up to rising fifth graders is all about sharing the joy of readingwith a pal. Whether it’s a family member, a buddy, a pet, or even a favorite stuffed animal, we believe it’s always more fun to read with friends!
Kids will have a great time logging their reading through Beanstack, an online service that makes it easy to keep track of your reading whether you are staying in town or hitting the road this summer. Participants can set their own goals and earn fun digital badges as they read books and complete activities. Users can also opt to receive weekly emails featuring a personalized recommendedreading list based on what topics they love to read about. For those who prefer to keep track of theirreading the old-fashioned way, physical reading logs are also available for pick-up at any library location.
In addition to logging their progress, kids can also come to either library building or a Mobile Library Services neighborhood stop each week to share what they have been reading with one of our library staff members. By visiting one of our physical locations, participants can collect buttons to fill up theirsummer reading lanyard as well as coupons for treats and freebies from local businesses. During our free book weeks, kids will even have the chance to pick out a book to take home for their very own.
Even if you aren’t able to take part in the Summer Reading Program, we still have lots of great programs coming to the library this summer that anyone can enjoy. In addition to weekly family movie screenings and craft times, we also have great entertainers like Jonathan Austin, Magic of Krendl, Spoonman, Mad Science, Big Bang Boom, Chris Campbell, and the Hampstead Stage Company coming to WRL. Head to wrl.org/summerreading for a complete calendar of events.
The fun doesn’t have to stop once kids have aged out of our regular summer reading program, as rising sixth through twelfth graders can participate in our #GameOn summer reading program for teens. Starting June 12, participants can log their reading online through Beanstack or on a #GameOn bookmark, and then stop by one of the library buildings or MLS stops each week to get a scratch-off ticket for a chance to win cool stuff like books, tasty treats, gadgets, gift certificates, fun accessories, games, and more. We also have plenty of teen-friendly programming at the library thissummer, including string and nail art crafts, creative clothing construction, electronics and robotics, and Super Smash Bros for WiiU open tournaments. More information about these events and about the #GameOn program in general can be found at wrl.org/summerreading.