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Washington Public Library moving forward with summer reading program

The program will include a mix of virtual and home activities.

The Washington Public Library is gearing up for its summer reading program set to take place June 1-30. Registration is due by May 31 and can be done so by calling the library or emailing youth librarian Jenia Harris at: jenisa.harris@washington.lib.ia.us.
The Washington Public Library is gearing up for its summer reading program set to take place June 1-30. Registration is due by May 31 and can be done so by calling the library or emailing youth librarian Jenia Harris at: jenisa.harris@washington.lib.ia.us.

WASHINGTON — Despite the building being closed to the public, the Washington Public Library is moving forward with its summer reading program, “Imagine Your Story.”

Youth Librarian Jenisa Harris said the program will run June 1-30 and will be a mix of virtual and home activities.

“Because of COVID-19 we’re trying as much as we can to do some virtual and some things you can do at home,” she said.

The month will follow a pattern with everyday reflecting a new theme. Mischievous Monday will require participants to log onto Facebook at 1 p.m. where a new activity challenge will be posted. Challenges will range from building a fairy tale castle, she said, to baking activities.

Tuesday Tales will begin at 9 a.m. for preschool-kindergarten students and at 9:45 a.m. for first and second-graders. The virtual story time can be accessed via Zoom and requires registration before the event.

Whimsical Wednesdays will be a book club with activities that can be reached via Zoom and Themed Thursdays will update at 10 a.m. on the library’s Facebook page. Staff will post a character for participants to transform into.

Harris said curbside pick up for books is available and a variety are in the library’s window on display. Books can be reserved both online and by calling the library.

So far, 90 students between preschool and fifth grade have registered for the program, she said, which was a surprise considering the new format.

“We just didn’t know how many we would get this year because of it being online and not in the building,” she said.

Registration for the summer reading program is due by May 31 and can be done by calling the library at 319-653-2726 or emailing Harris at: jenissa.harris@washington.lib.ia.us.