The Camas Public Library announced today that, in order to help keep our community safe during the COVID-19 outbreak, it is bringing its Summer Reading Program completely online this year. Registration and logging will be available exclusively through the award-winning, mobile-friendly software Beanstack, which the Library has used for the past two years. As with previous years, participants can still read anything they want, including offerings from the Library's extensive eBook and audiobook collection. While this year there will not be a station in the Library for turning in reading logs, Beanstack will keep track of everything, and participants can come to the Library to pick up their prizes at the end of the summer. There will be a print-at-home reading log available.
"Our virtual Summer Reading Program will still help to prevent the 'summer slide' in youth reading comprehension, as it does every year," says Connie Urquhart, Library Director. "We have fantastic, easy-to-use software already in place, and our staff are working hard to keep the summer fun, engaging, and rewarding for everyone who participates!"
The purpose of the Summer Reading Program is to encourage youth to read during their school break. Youth who read during the summer will practice their reading comprehension skills, and are likely to start school in the fall more prepared. The Camas Public Library's Summer Reading Program sees over 2,000 kids, teens, and adults participate every year. This year, the theme is "Imagine Your Story," celebrating all things whimsical, fantastical, and mythological.
The Summer Reading Program will run between June 27th to August 22nd. More details on virtual events, activities, etc. to come soon! For the latest information be sure to subscribe to our newsletter.