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Library offers adapted Summer Reading Program

Jun 24, 2020
Courtesy of: Erica Rubin Irish Children read pages of an outdoor storywalk.

Belfast — Belfast Free Library will offer an adapted summer reading program including outdoor events and take-home projects from July 6 to Aug. 22.

This year’s summer reading program offers options for kids from pre-K through grade 5 and young adults grades 6-12. Younger readers can sign up for Take-Home Tuesdays, with projects and activity kits available for pickup every week from July 7 to  Aug. 18.

The library will also offer outdoor StoryWalks in collaboration with Coastal Mountains Land Trust at Head of the Tide Preserve on Saturdays and Sundays, July 11-12 and Aug. 8-9, and in collaboration with the city of Belfast along the Belfast Rail Trail on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 21-22.

Readers have the option of choosing books to keep and participating in outdoor book discussion groups. The first, an all-ages book group, meets to talk about "The Very, Very Far North" by Dan Bar-El on Tuesday, July 28. Middle grade readers are invited to meet Aug. 11 to discuss "We’re Not From Here" by Geoff Rodkey. For the upper middle grades and teens, the library offers copies of "Nightbooks" by J. A. White, with the book group meeting on Thursday, July 30. All books will be available beginning July 6.

Teen participants are encouraged to complete reading and activity challenges all summer. Take-home projects for this group include materials to make your own squishies and wind chimes. Additionally, those entering grades 6 and up are invited to submit stories to the Tall Tales Writing Contest. The contest deadline is July 31 and details about submissions as well as prizes are available on the library website’s Teen page.

All library programs are free and open to the public, and all materials will be available for pick-up on the children’s floor or at curbside. For more information, contact the library at 338-3884, ext. 24.


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