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Library makes plans for Summer Reading program

By Guest Columnist Renee Rayburn, LBPL Youth and Technology Services


Hello, Long Beach!

Summer Reading is just around the corner, and this is the article you will want to read to find out everything you need to know about what Long Beach Public Library is offering you and your family this summer! Let’s get started!

First of all, our theme this year is “Tails and Tales;” so, whether your favorite animals are found in your home, in the sky, on a farm, in the woods, in the water, or even something mythical, we have you covered. Secondly, we will have something for all ages.

The library is still limited on how many people we can have in the building at one time. That could change, but, as of now, we are planning things day to day. So, most of our programs will be done virtually. However, we have a great theme this year and an even greater lineup of programs, thanks to some wonderful local guests, patrons, businesses, other libraries, and websites for their generosity.

That said, there will be a few changes that I think everyone will like. Registration will be required for all age groups / participants. This includes preschool story time, as well (more on that later). Forms must be filled out at the library in the children’s wing. Registration begins Monday, May 3, at 9 a.m. and ends Friday, June 11. Do not fret. It is not a long form.

Another change is in how children will record their reading records. This year, each child will be given a reading record and a set of stickers. Children will place a sticker in a designated spot on the reading record after following their goal, such as reading a book or reading for a set number of minutes. The choice is really up to them. Preschool Story Time will begin on Tuesday, June 1, at its normal time of 10:30 a.m. We will be meeting at the Harper McCaughan Town Green across from the Library in the pavilion. There, we will share a story, a song or two, and the kids will be given a take-home craft kit. However, this year I am asking parents/caretakers to register for story time - for a few reasons. In case of bad weather, I will need to notify you of any change in plans to reschedule. It will also help me know how many take-home craft kits to prepare. For the time being, there will not be a Thursday morning story time. We will let you know when that will resume.

For children entering kindergarten through fifth grade, programs begin on Wednesday, June 2, and will be done virtually, unless otherwise specified. Times may vary for the programs, but we will have a schedule posted soon. Teen programs and programs for families are still being finalized and will be held on Thursdays and/or Fridays. They also will be done virtually, unless otherwise specified.

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