Summer reading at the Island Free Library

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 5:15pm

Ed. note: The following was submitted by the Island Free Library.

The Island Free Library is excited to continue with the Summer Reading Program this year in a way that is safe and accessible for everyone, and we wanted to give all kids, teens, and adults the chance to get in on the fun.

We have worked hard with a national company called Beanstack to create a brand-new website just for our reading challenges, and we are excited to share it with you when we go live on June 22. The site has been carefully crafted with the Block Island community in mind and with the goal of encouraging people of all ages to keep reading year-round, and we have been able to personalize it just for the Island Free Library.

There are several ways to log your participation in the challenge once we go live: through, through the mobile app (Beanstack Tracker), or you can check in with Ms. Morgan during the hours she is at the library and she can input your participation into the program for you. Ms. Morgan will be at the library for select hours now that the school year has ended.

The program will be open for eight weeks, from Monday, June 22 until Monday, Aug. 17, and in each age bracket, there are reading logs and activities. For example, for the kids’ program (up to age 12), the goal is to read ten hours over the eight weeks, to complete five of the ten possible activities. Examples of activities are to build a blanket fort and read in it, to have a family dance party, and to create a piece of art out of recyclables.

For the teens, the goal is to read three books over the summer and to complete one activity, involving writing a letter to someone younger and letting them know about one of your favorite books.

For the adults, the goal is to read five books over the summer and there are optional activities to participate in. All program participants are eligible to win prizes, like ice cream coupons and gift cards to local businesses. We are excited to share this fun opportunity with everyone, because reading is something you can always do no matter where you are! Ms. Morgan and the Island Free Library staff will be here to help every step of the way and look forward to spending the summer with as you “Imagine Your Story.”

Questions? Email Morgan at mwalsh@