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Summer Reading Program to begin Tuesday

The five week program is for children from birth to rising sixth graders.
The five week program is for children from birth to rising sixth graders and will run from Tuesday, July 7th through Friday, August 7th.
The five week program is for children from birth to rising sixth graders and will run from Tuesday, July 7th through Friday, August 7th.(Brian Sherrod, KNEP)
Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 2:52 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 30, 2020 at 3:03 PM CDT
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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - The Lied Scottsbluff Library’s Summer Reading Program is set to begin on Tuesday, July 7th.

This summer, the library has moved the majority of the reading program online due to ongoing COVID-19 precautions and because of the requirement to limit the number of people in the library at one time.

In the midst of this, a fun BINGO game has been introduced to combine reading, activities, virtual events and prizes.

Children's Librarian Deb Carlson explained, "We needed to do things differently due to this very challenging situation; but we still wanted to promote reading and provide a summer of fairy tales, fantasy and fun! So, we created a Library BINGO Board for our noble boys and girls to play and complete."

The five week program is for children from birth to rising sixth graders and will run from Tuesday, July 7th through Friday, August 7th.

Any reading counts, including books from the library or home, e-books, audio books, magazines or Playaways.

In order to play BINGO, a child or parent may download and print a copy of the Summer Reading BINGO Board from the summer reading program website https://sites.google.com/view/lspl-srp-2020/home or pick up a paper copy at the library.

Library staff will be outdoors in front of the library Tuesday through Thursday, July 7th, 8th and 9th from 10:00am to 4:00pm to hand out the BINGO boards.

Also, during that time, staff will give a Crown Craft Kit and Summer Reading Goody Bag to each child who wants to participate in summer reading.

Goody Bags will contain participation prizes, items to assist in playing BINGO, and coupons to attend outdoor events and get free treats.

The first 100 children to visit the library outdoors on July 7th (social distancing and masks will be required) will receive their choice of a foam sword, unicorn inflate, dragon inflate, or rainbow micro spinner.

All who visit on July 7th, 8th or 9th will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win the Harry Potter Great Hall LEGO set, valued at $130.00.

To play BINGO, children will complete the activity inside a BINGO square and mark if off.

By filling in five squares in a row to finish a BINGO, the child will receive prizes.

If they choose to complete another row of five, they will earn added rewards for getting two BINGOS on the board.

With each added BINGO, more prizes are given.

Those who finish their entire BINGO Board (BLACKOUT), will receive all the designated reading prizes and be entered into a grand prize drawing for a Nintendo Switch, courtesy of NTC Logistics.

BINGO Boards must be returned to the library or sent via e-mail, fax, or mail on or before August 7th for participants to be able to claim their prizes and be entered in the grand prize drawing. Reading prizes will be given at one time after the program's end.

The library will notify you how this will work when we have more information concerning the COVID situation.

“In addition to playing and completing the BINGO Board for prizes, the library will host two virtual activities every week,” said Carlson. “The events will combine online programs, storytimes and performances, with challenges for our lords and ladies to accept and conquer. We are pretty excited with our lineup!”

With students getting out of school in March instead of May and June, this will be used to combat reading loss.

This program is more important than ever before.

“We know that summer slide that we always talk about is happening sooner so more than ever, reading is going to be paramount this summer,” said Carlson. “We are trying to do things to make that fun. We want to emphasize over and over that they can still come, make an appointment and come in with their kids and pick-up books and read.”

Last year, 2,100 kids signed up for the Summer Reading Program.

Staff hopes to get at least 500 this year.

If you have any questions, contact Deb Carlson at (308) 630-6284, (308) 630-6250 or dcarlson@scottsbluff.org

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