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JCLS Summer Reading Program Goes Digital for 2020

by Kyna Moser on 2020-05-22T08:34:13-07:00 in Students - High School, Students - Middle School, Students of All Ages, Teens, Kids/Children | Comments

Medford, Oregon (May 22, 2020)—Jackson County Library Services (JCLS) will launch its Summer Reading program on Saturday, June 6. This year's theme is “Imagine Your Story,” and the Library has re-imagined delivery of the program to ensure the safety of patrons and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. As Summer Reading goes digital, JCLS will offer new and engaging virtual and interactive programming for patrons of all ages.

Summer Reading 2020 will include online tracking through the Beanstack app, where participants can earn virtual badges and real-world prizes by keeping track of their reading. Participants in all age groups are eligible for weekly prizes, as well as grand prizes. Kids and teens can also register to pick up free “Take & Make” kits of hands-on activities on the 2nd and 4th weeks of June, July, and August.

“The goal of the kits is to offer screen-free activities for families that encourage creativity and the use of fine motor skills, something that doesn’t get used as much with digital programming,” said Brystan Strong, JCLS Youth Services Coordinator.

Babies, children, teens, and adults are invited to register online at or through the Beanstack app beginning Saturday, June 6. Participation is free. The summer reading program will continue through Saturday, August 15, 2020.

“If you have a child in school, the Library’s summer reading program is a great way to maintain reading skills and avoid the ‘summer slide’ (when reading skills drop over the summer) during break. Parents can model good reading habits by participating alongside their kids,” added Strong. “It’s also never too early to introduce your baby or preschooler to the library and the wonderful world of books and reading.”

Adult Summer Reading programs cover a wide range of topics and allow adult patrons opportunities to learn, grow, and connect. Jackson County residents can participate in innovative virtual workshops, book clubs, and "take and make" programs that are sure to inspire continued learning through JCLS resources and beyond.

"The JCLS Summer Reading Program is not just for kids," said Carrie Turney Ross, JCLS Adult Services Coordinator. "It is also a time for adults to challenge themselves to read more, learn more, and have more fun!"

The 2020 summer reading sponsors include the Kenneth A. and Lucille D. Hulburt Fund and The Friends of the Jackson County Libraries. For more information, contact your local branch library.

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