The Bruce C. Clarke Library Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover summer reading program ends July 31.
Readers can collect their incentives – while supplies last – until August 16. Visit the library during curbside hours, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 3 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday to redeem all incentives and prizes at one time.
The grand prizes for the summer reading program will be randomly drawn online after the end of the program, and winners will be contacted. Summer readers have to log enough minutes to complete all reading levels for their age to be included in the final drawing.
The Department of Defense Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Libraries sponsors the online program and provides most of the reading incentives, such as themed shirts and book bags.
Readers can still sign up at https://brucecclarke.beanstack.org/reader365 to log minutes spent reading or listening to audiobooks.
According to Joyce Waybright, the library’s chief of community services, the Clarke Library supports both listening to and reading books, magazines and newspapers.
“Even Army regulations,” Waybright added. “Library staff know many of the teens and adults in the program learn the joy of reading through a summer program. For school-age children, summer reading will help them maintain their skills over the summer vacation, stopping a ‘summer slide.’ And for the youngest children, the joy of having their parents or older siblings read to them will create a life-long love of reading.”
The program is entirely online – readers can participate anytime and anywhere – and is for people of all ages. The various program levels are: pre-readers, children, teens and adults and are differentiated through measurements of minutes.
The recommended reading goal for children ages 1 through 4 is being read to at least 10 minutes per day. Children ages 5 through 12 need to read at least 20 minutes per day. Library staff recommend teens and adults read at least 30 minutes per day.
Currently, the library is not open to the public, but patrons are able to request library materials by phone or email and can pick them up curbside. To make the process go more smoothly, staff request that patrons order the books ahead of time, if possible. Complete information on the summer reading program and curbside process can be found at https://auls.insigniails.com/bccl-flw.
For more information, contact the main desk at 573.563.4113.
(Editor’s note: Information for this article was provided by the Bruce C. Clarke Library.)