Enjoy Summer Reading 2020 from June 1 – Aug. 1. Summer Reading is for all ages, babies to adult. Monday is the first day to pick up folders from the Kids’ Library. Find the librarians right out front! No registration will be required to make social distancing easier.
Infants to incoming fifth-graders will find big fun from the children’s library, either in person, by calling (307) 527-1884 or emailing [email protected].
The teen room will host the program for those entering sixth through twelfth grade. Teens and tweens may sign up in person, by emailing [email protected] or by calling (307) 527-1889.
Adult Summer Reading is Pam Smith’s brain child and is a casual affair. She encourages adults to try Reader Zone. The adult code is 4d958 .
“Imagine your Story” and “Kindness Rocks!” are the guiding themes for 2020.
In July, participants will receive tickets for reading, being read to and completing related activities. Those tickets will be deposited in in receptacles for this year’s two Kindness Projects. Special Olympics of Wyoming, featuring our own Emma Foley, will be one recipient. The other will be the Cody Covid Relief Fund which is an interfaith organization formed to help local people struggling to pay bills during the pandemic.
Past kindness endeavors include the Park County Animal Shelter, Silas Johnson and Noah Rivers family medical expenses, the music park in City Park and the Cody High School band.
Teen Libraran, Shelly Waidelich, will use the online application Reader Zone to track books read and to communicate further recommendations with her group. Download the app at readerzone.com. The Reader Zone code for teens is ad3b7. She anticipates a primarily virtual summer reading program for the month of June. Contact her for other options.
Progress for the younger readers will be measured in time spent reading, being read to, listening or completing related activities. The goal is just 20 minutes each day. Children’s Librarian, Holly Baker, and her staff will use the traditional calendar to credit time and then issue tickets and small prizes. Participants may also use the Reader Zone app to keep track of time spent reading. At readerzone.com, the Kids Reader Zone code is a73b2.
Summer Reading is self-paced and is absolutely on the honor system. Summer Reading is open any time between June 1 and Aug. 1. It is free and open to the community – whatever shape that may take. Curbside delivery will continue, at least in the near future.
Aura Wood, who teaches fourth grade at Eastside elementary school, joined librarians Shelly Waidelich (teens) and Holly Baker (children) May 5 for a KODI Party Line interview with Andrew Rossi. “From a teacher’s perspective, after missing one third of the school year curriculum, it is imperative that students read this summer,” Wood said. “It doesn’t matter what, as long as they enjoy it and read as much as possible, whether aloud, silently or listening.” They all agreed that parental involvement is key to Summer Reading success. Time spent reading together, discussing the tale and choosing the next story build relationships.
Other online applications that may be useful are WYLDcat and NoveList. WYLDcat lets you see your library account on your phone making it easy to renew material, place holds and see what you have checked out. NoveList is a recommended read utility with sort options for your age, a book you liked and want to find something similar, genres, authors for both fiction and nonfiction work.