Summer at the McPherson Public Library may look different this year, with the anticipated reopening scheduled for June 15, but library staff are still committed to continuing their decades-long tradition of summer library programming.
The library is pleased to announce that there will be an online version of the program this summer through Beanstack, a virtual platform. Patrons can begin to sign up for the program on June 1 by visiting the library website, www.macpl.org. The program is specialized for all ages: Rubber Ducky Club (Birth-2 years old), Kids (3 years old-entering 5th grade), Teens (entering 6th grade-exiting 12th grade), and Adults (18+). Each level will focus on age specific activities and challenges, and have reading at the core.
“The library is quite excited to offer something so exciting and fun to our community this year,” said Jennifer McCulley, Youth Services Coordinator. “This program will allow us to connect with our families and encourage summer reading while we get ready to reopen, and throughout the summer.
By moving online, patrons will also be able to earn virtual badges by reading, completing activities and writing reviews. In addition to a user-friendly website where families can log their reading and activities, Beanstack also offers an app.
“We know there will be questions, so we want to assure the public that we are already planning on a variety of tutorials and help sessions online to help our families navigate this new program,” adds McCulley. “In addition, there will still be paper versions of all the programs for those who prefer it.”
This summer, libraries across the nation are celebrating a theme of “Imagine Your Story,” which highlights fairy tales, mythology and fantasy. Although the library will not be offering any in-house library programs this summer, the Youth Department will offer online storytimes, as well as a variety of programs for school-age children and teens.
McCulley continues, “One thing we always enjoy about the summer is being able to spend time with all of the kids and teens and we still want that to happen. Once the library doors reopen to the public, our plan is to provide some take-and-make kits. Families can register their child or teen for a program, pick up the supplies at the library, and then we will all meet online to walk through it together.”