Summer means school is out but that doesn’t mean kids have to stop reading, especially not in Stevens County.
The Libraries of Stevens County have a busy summer of reading planned, and kids can join in to track their reading online and earn cool rewards.
“Summer is kind of our time to shine with school libraries not available,” Chewelah Public Librarian Sarah English said. “We want kids to still be able to read to keep their skills up and be able to access the library.”
The Stevens County Summer Reading Program theme this year is Sports and Activities, coinciding with the Olympics. As a new way to track their reading, kids can log into theloscreadingadventure.org on their computer, tablet or smartphone.
Once creating an account on the website, kids can make their own avatar and track their reading while completing activity challenges to earn points and badges. Being read to also counts as kids acquire inflection and storytelling skills from it.
The summer reading program begins June 1 and kids can read what interests them. When they reach 20 hours, kids are awarded a real medal. Young adults and adults are given a water bottle for reading three books.
Another feature on thelosc.org website is the ability for people to leave reviews on books they’ve read from the library and for people to check those reviews to see what they would be interested in.
With the Light up the Park event happening in October, the Chewelah library pumpkin – Autumn – has already sprouted and if kids read to the pumpkin they can also earn credit in the reading program.
June will be a lowkey month for the libraries as English said “kids have worked hard during the school year and deserve a break but July will be full of programs and enrichment.”
Weekly programs at local Stevens County Libraries should also keep kids, from ages 5-11, entertained. These programs begin in July, with the second week of the month featuring, “All Around the World” that will have kids exploring games from other countries which have brought people together.
On the third week, “Blast From the Past” will have kids exploring retro games and enjoy a day of fun from the 50s, 60s and 70s. “Ranger Reads” will also occur that week as a local forest ranger has volunteered his time corresponding with the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service.
The final week of July will feature “Be Healthy, Be Happy and Be Fit!” where kids will be making crafts and performing activities that will be focused on nutrition, wellness and fitness. The first week of August will have two appearances by Mobius from Spokane that will teach kids the importance of air to athletes and the amazing things air can do. This event is open to all ages.
Storytimes are on Fridays at 10:30 a.m., and English said that it’s one way for young kids and parents to socialize.
So with all these things, the Libraries of Stevens County are going to be buzzing so make sure you don’t miss the action!
By Brandon Hansen/The Independent Staff