Summer Reading for K-Fourth Grade

The Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Program encourages those in kindergarten through fourth grade to read daily and check off pictures on the log. Books, magazines, even comics, count toward this goal.

The bingo cards are available from both libraries or may be downloaded:
English
Spanish
Burmese

Three prizes may be earned throughout the summer:

  • Monday, June 27: First day to claim prize 1
  • Saturday, July 16: First day to claim prize 2
  • Friday, Aug. 5: First day to claim prize 5
  • Friday, August 12: Last day to claim prizes and be entered in the grand-prize drawing for a $100 Visa gift card

Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Program

To encourage everyone to read Willard Library offers four summer reading programs for all ages. Reading logs and bingo cards may be picked up from both libraries. Youngsters may turn in their completed logs and bingo cards to either library by Aug. 12 to be entered into a grand-prize drawing for a $100 Visa gift card in all age groups.

Babies and Toddlers
Parents may do activities that support literacy with those from birth through 4 years to complete squares on bingo cards. Three prizes may be received throughout the game.

School Age
Those going into kindergarten through fourth grade are encouraged to read daily and check off pictures on the log. Books, magazines, even comics, count toward this goal. Three prizes may be earned throughout the game.

Teens
By completing squares on a bingo card, those going into fifth through 12th grades may receive an amazing completion prize just right for taking to the beach!

Adults Summer Reading Goes Digital
This year’s Adult Summer Reading Program uses an app, ReadSquared, which is a fun and easy way to keep track of summer reading. ReadSquared provides games and challenges to play between reads as well as the opportunity to create to-read lists and the ability to connect with other Willard Library readers.

ReadSquared Registration Directions
To sign up, download the mobile READsquared App and create an account. READsquared also may be used online here.

After you have registered, stop by Willard Library or the Helen Warner Branch to pick up a prize for earning your first badge!

Every four days you read you earn 100 points. You receive one badge for every 100 points earned. Once you've earned enough points to collect 10 badges hopefully by Aug. 2, you'll receive a completion certificate that you may print and return to Willard Library or Helen Warner Branch no later than Aug. 5 to be entered in drawing for one of three grand prizes.

What if I prefer a paper summer reading log?
Stop by the checkout desk at Willard Library or the Helen Warner Branch to pick up a paper summer reading log.

Let's Talk About It

This virtual social service program, Let's Talk About It, strives to meet the needs of our community. Each month, Youth and Social Services Librarian Stephanie Boyd will explore a topic with a local organization that offers resources related to the issue.

First Thursday of the month,
July 7 and Aug. 4,
Video premiere on Willard's Facebook and YouTube channels

Super Tuesday: Air Zoo

Learn more about the ocean with staff members from the Air Zoo! Explore a variety of sea creatures, who call the ocean home; experiment with buoyancy and locomotion techniques; and create a marine critter to take home. Also, learn about the Earth’s limited water resources and how to protect these resources as we find out just how important the oceans are for our future. This program is geared for school-age children and their families.

Tuesday, July 12, 10 a.m.,
Helen Warner Branch,
Dean O. Barnum Amphitheater,

Tuesday, July 12, 6:30 p.m.,
Downtown Programming Room,

Day cares and camps with six or more children must register for this program by calling 269-968-8166, ext. 518.

Super Tuesday: Air Zoo

Learn more about the ocean with staff members from the Air Zoo! Explore a variety of sea creatures, who call the ocean home; experiment with buoyancy and locomotion techniques; and create a marine critter to take home. Also, learn about the Earth’s limited water resources and how to protect these resources as we find out just how important the oceans are for our future. This program is geared for school-age children and their families.

Tuesday, July 12, 10 a.m.,
Helen Warner Branch,
Dean O. Barnum Amphitheater,

Tuesday, July 12, 6:30 p.m.
Downtown Programming Room,

Day cares and camps with six or more children must register for this program by calling 269-968-8166, ext. 518.