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SUMMER READING

Beginning on Monday, June 28 through Saturday, August 21, Louttit participates in the statewide Summer Reading Program. There will be special prizes, programs, and incentives to keep readers engaged during the summer holiday. This year’s theme is Tales and Tails; join the Library in exploring imagination through reading and our exciting virtual events.

 

READING CHALLENGES

Little Readers Challenge (Babies-PreK)

To complete this challenge, read 10 books and complete 10 activities. Upon completion you'll be automatically entered to win the Little Readers Prize Basket. To participate, sign up online using Beanstack (Beanstack guide below)

Summer Reading Challenge (K-Gr 5)

This summer reading challenge is a combination of read books, write reviews, and completing activities. You'll earn prizes along the way and earn tickets to put into the drawing for the prize basket of your choice! To participate, sign up online using Beanstack (Beanstack guide below). 

Tween & Teen Reading Challenge (Gr. 6-12)

This summer challenge is a combination of reading time and activities. Earn free books & prizes along the way and earn tickets to put into the drawing for the prize of your choice! To participate, sign up online using Beanstack (Beanstack guide below).

*NEW* Adult Summer Reading Challenge 

Read three books this summer and you'll be entered to win a prize! To participate, sign up online using Beanstack (Beanstack guide below).

Guide to Using Beanstack

We have a new online program for you, powered by Beanstack. Beanstack is a web and mobile application used to track your reading and activities. You will earn badges in addition to your prizes.

  1. Sign Up: Got to louttitlibrary.beanstack.org. Register an Individual or Family, or sign in if you have an account. When registering a family, you will enter adult sign-up information first, then add the reader sign-up information. Add all your family members from 0-18! You will see the Challenge for the reader you are signing up.

  2. Log Reading & Activities: Start logging your reading and activities! Using a web browser? Look in the top left corner for the log button. Who are you logging for? Reader’s name appears under Log button. Click on drop-down arrow to change reader. You can add another reader from here too.

  3. Earn Badges & Prizes: As readers work through their challenge, they’ll earn badges and tickets to collect prizes! Here’s how each challenge works:
     

    1. Little Readers Challenge (0-PreK): To complete this challenge, read 10 books and complete 10 activities. (There are 5 activity badges, and to earn each badge, you will complete 2 of the 3 listed activities, but for more fun, complete all 3!) Upon completion you'll be automatically entered to win the Little Readers Prize Basket.

    2. Kids Summer Reading Challenge (Gr.K-5): Read books, write reviews, and complete activities to earn badges and prizes. Each badge acts as 1 ticket that you can enter into a drawing for the prize basket of your choice.  To complete your summer reading challenge, all you have to do is read 5 books—each one earning a badge—and then earn 3 additional badges of your choice for a total of 8.  You can stop at 8 OR try to complete all the reading badges (8), all the review badges (3) and all the activity badges (7) for a total of 18 tickets to enter into the drawing of your choice. 

    3. Teen & Tween Summer Challenge (Gr.6+): Log your reading time, write reviews, and complete activities to earn badges/tickets. Each badge acts as 1 ticket that you can enter into a drawing for the prize of your choice. You'll earn prizes for 4 hours of reading, 8 hours of reading, 10 hours of reading, submitting book reviews, and for completing your challenge. Reading for 8 hours and completing 4 additional badges of your choice completes your summer challenge. You can stop at 12 OR complete all the reading badges (10), all the activity badges (5) and book reviews (3), for a total of 18 tickets to enter into the drawing of your choice.

    4. Adult Summer Reading Challenge: All you have to do is read three books to complete your summer reading challenge. We encourage you to try something from our new book shelf and try a genre you don't normally read! You can also submit reviews for the books that you've read.

 

TAKE HOME PROGRAMS

Take Home Storytime

Check out a complete storytime kit! Each kit will include 3 books, 4 shaker eggs, letter of the day puzzle, craft and a sheet of songs, rhymes and activities all based around a theme.

Crafty Thursdays

We'll have a new take home craft kits available every Thursday for pick-up from the library. The kit will have all the pieces of the craft. Just stop by to pick up!

 

VIRTUAL PROGRAMS

BOOK CLUBS

Graphic Novel Book Club Gr. 3-5

We meet every other week on Zoom, and focus on the same book for 2 meetings, choosing a new one each month. Participants receive a FREE copy of each book. We discuss our selection, other good books and do a fun activity! Registration Required: contact Miss Stephanie at louttitlibrarychildrens@gmail.com. Meetings are 3:45-4:45 p.m. on July 9, July 23, Aug 6 & Aug 20.

 

Tweens & Teen Book Club Gr. 6+

We meet every other week on Zoom and focus on the same book for 2 meetings, choosing a new one each month. Participants receive a FREE copy of each book. We discuss our selection, other good books and do a fun activity! Registration Required: contact Miss Stephanie at louttitlibrarychildrens@gmail.com. Meetings are 3-4 p.m. on July 8, July 22, Aug 5 & Aug 19.

READING

Storytime Mondays

Every Monday we'll release a new video with Ms. Stephanie reading a story & leading a song/fingerplay! See the videos here.

First Chapter Friday Gr. 2-6

Listen to Ms. Stephanie reading the first chapter of a book. New books posted every Friday. Watch the videos here.

FAMILY PROGRAMS

Mindful Moment

This 30 minute online program combines yoga, breath, play and meditation. Recommended for grades 1-5, parent participation encouraged! Registration required here. The program is on Monday, July 6 at 10:30 a.m.

Harry Potter Trivia

Are you a wizard or a muggle? Test your knowledge of the Wizarding world. This online trivia is great for the whole family! Registration required here. The program is on Monday, July 20 at 2 p.m.

 

Disney Trivia

Test your knowledge of all things Disney! Questions will span the Disney-verse from classic films to the newest Pixar flick, so bring the whole family! Registration required here. The program is on Monday, August 3 at 2 p.m.

ART AND SCIENCE

Art Labs

Join Ms. Kristen from The Creative Space to learn different art techniques and create cool art work! These classes will be taught on Zoom and supplies will be provided to each participant. Registration Required: contact Miss Stephanie at louttitlibrarychildrens@gmail.com.

All Art Labs run from 2-3 p.m.

 

Kids Art Labs Gr. 2-5

July 7: Watercolor Resist
July 14: Drawing a dragon!
July 21: Print Making
July 28: Collages

Teen Art Labs Gr. 6-12

July 15: Print Making
July 29: Rock Mandalas

MQ-Guyver Escape: Fairy Tale Edition Gr. 6-12

You have a paper clip, bike tire, rope and chewing gum- now it's time to create a device to open the door and escape! In this interactive Zoom workshop, by MobileQuest Stem Center, participants will be given different situations and will have to use given materials to create a solution! Supplies will be provided. Registration required: contact Miss Stephanie at louttitlibrarychildrens@gmail.com. This program is on July 16 at 11 a.m.

Stem Fridays Gr. 1-5

Register for this eight-week video program by MobileQuest STEM Center! Starting July 3, on every Friday you'll be emailed a PDF lesson and instructional video for a fun STEM project that can be completed with household objects. Activities include cup launchers, Rube Goldberg machines, dino eggs and more! Registration required here.

 

RECOMMENDED READS

Picture Books, Juvenile Fiction, Tween Reads, and YA Books

THE THINGITY-JIG

KATHLEEN DOHERTY

Picture Book: "Bear wanders into people town and discovers a springy thing, a bouncy thing—a sit-on-it, jump-on-it thing!" (Google Books)

SWITCHED

BRUCE HALE

Juvenile Fiction: "When an intense round of tug-of-war leaves a boy and dog with bumped heads, they wake up to the biggest disaster yet: They’ve switched bodies!" (Bruce Hale)

SOUL LANTERNS

SHAW KUZKI

Tween Read: "The haunting and poignant story of a how a young Japanese girl’s understanding of the historic and tragic bombing of Hiroshima is transformed by a memorial lantern-floating ceremony." (Penguin Random House)

MORE RECOMMENDATIONS

Picture Books

Edmund the Elephant Who Forgot by Kate Dalgleish. Edmund is a very forgetful elephant. Can his friend Colin the Cricket help him to remember?

Juvenile Fiction

The World Between Blinks by Amie Kaufman and Ryan Graudin. Discover a wondrous world where lost things are found, and where two cousins must come face-to-face with the impossible.

Tween Reads

Rivals by Tommy Greenwald. The rivalry between two Walthorne Middle Schools is legendary. Basketball stars Austin Chambers and Carter Haswell are both feeling the pressure when school sports reporter Alfie Jenks reveals scandals that jeopardize the whole season.

Find more recommendations for middle-graders on our Youtube channel.

YA Fiction

Golden Arm by Carl Deuker. Lazarus Weathers, a high school senior from the wrong side of the tracks, seeks to protect his half-brother while pitching his way out of poverty, one strike at a time.

Fable by Adrienne Young. As the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home Fable has ever known. To survive she kept to herself, learned to trust no one and relied on the unique skills her mother taught her. Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to demand her rightful place beside her father.

 

STORYWALK©

Take a walk along the trail behind the library and read a picture book along the way! On the library front porch you'll find a map to the trail and your storywalk© stops.  You can also pick up a craft to go with the story! No registration required, simply stop by and take a stroll.