The library launches its summer reading program
HANCOCK COUNTY – If the range of prizes offered for actively participating in this year’s Hancock County Public Library Summer Reading Program doesn’t motivate you to pick up a book and read, there is something that doesn’t. do not go.
“Tails and Tales”, active since June 1, runs through August 1 at both branches of the Hancock County Public Library, offers programs for children, teens and adults.
The library uses an app called Beanstack to track reading progress. The extremely user-friendly website walks you through. By registering, you win an e-ticket. Record your minutes, and the minutes are added to the hours. For every hour you spend reading, you’ll earn another e-ticket. Adults can record minutes spent reading books, graphic novels, magazines, e-books, newspapers, children’s books, or listening to audiobooks.
“You can read the back of the cereal box or the longest novel in the world,” said Cody Flood, library access services manager. “We don’t care what you read, as long as you read.”
And what can you gain? The price packages are mind blowing. No more plastic whistles and bookmarks. Adults can win an “Ultimate Pizza Party” for the winner and nine friends at Carnegie’s, or a $ 50 Indiana State Parks camping pass with ingredients for S’mores; two readers will win Retail Therapy with $ 25 gift cards at Ella June’s, Francis + Fern, Wooden Bear and Greenfield Chocolates; someone will win a gift card valid for four people to enjoy 90 minutes of ax throwing at Ragnarok in Castleton; someone will win a $ 100 gift card and a 60-minute private game session for six people at Hitherto Coffee and Games; and three lucky people will win the Library Super Fan Pack with a camping chair, umbrella, tote, chip clip, license plate cover, pens and pencils, and a Cat’s Meow miniature bookcase.
The prize list is equally diverse and amazing for the team of teens: multiple gift card winners for Amazon, Apple, Hometown Comics, Evolution VR, Legacy Cinema, Old Navy, and a Shauna Marie photography package. The rules are the same: read and save your minutes to win the e-tickets, and after 10 a.m. the teens automatically win a paperback.
And, oh, to be a kid! Gift cards to Dairy Queen, Frosty Boy, Mozzi’s, Legacy Cinema. One lucky winner will win a 68-inch wading pool or family membership to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Twenty children will win five passes to the Indiana State Fair. Two children will win a bicycle. Are you already registered?
Youth Services Director Cathy Riley eagerly awaits a library full of children. She offers a service called Readers’ Advisory, where she invites children to share with her books that they have already read.
“We have what we call ‘read-alikes’,” Riley said. “When kids are looking for a book to read, we ask them which books or authors they liked to read. This information helps us to suggest read-alikes. Some of the best conversations to have with children are about the books they are passionate about.
But the fun of summer at the library isn’t limited to e-tickets, book reviews and prizes. Cathy Riley, Manager of Youth Services, promises fun weekday programs both outdoors and in the great outdoors.
Every Monday in June a different activity for the kids will take place starting with “Stuntology” on June 7th. Stuntman Sam Bartlett introduces the art of exploring the mysteries of the physical world by playing with everyday objects. Participants can learn them and amaze their friends. On June 14, Rope Warrior David Fisher, who holds the Guinness World Record for a skipping rope performance, will wow audiences with his skipping rope movements. His jump speed has been timed at over 100 mph. On June 21, everyone’s favorite Amazon John will be back with some interesting creatures and unusual facts about the animal world. On June 28, the Tricky Max Imagination Show visits the library with its quirky puppets and fairy tales. All programs will take place both in the main branch and in the libraries of the new Palestine branch. Registration is compulsory.
In addition to programming, the library will continue to resume take-out craft projects in in-person storytelling.
And Flood looks forward to increased library traffic and participation in available programs.
“You should take this and come see what’s going on at the library,” Flood said.