Readers of all ages encouraged to 'dig deeper'

Summer is just around the corner and the staff of Robert F. Sink Memorial Library is inviting Fort Campbell readers of all ages to “dig deeper, read, investigate and discover” together during the summer reading program.

The summer reading program is divided into four groups – pre-readers, children, teens and adults – and features prizes distributed by library staff at the front door.

“The kick-off is June 1, that is when they can start tracking their minutes,” said Lisa Taylor, marketing coordinator for Fort Campbell Morale, Welfare and Recreation. “Everyone can participate; it’s open to both youth and adults. They receive prizes based on their age group and reading level and can pick each week from the prize chest if they reach their goals. At the end of the entire program, we will have more prizes.”

Because of COVID-19 safety precautions including social distancing restrictions, the activities and events for the summer reading program will be online through Facebook and Zoom meetings. In addition to crafts, games and story hours, there also will be weekly book club meetings for teens and adults.

“I think the summer reading program is important because it gives another opportunity for not only our youth, but adults, to continue read and learn, and to stay engaged in our MWR programs,” Taylor said. “Especially with today’s COVID-19 environment, we have adapted our programs so we can adhere to social distancing guidelines and to mitigate the health risks to our patrons.”

Programs will either be pre-recorded and released on Facebook or be interactive through Zoom sessions. The adult book club will meet 1 p.m. the second Saturday of every month, and the teen book club meets 3:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month. Baby and Me Lap Sit, story times and book club meetings will be on Zoom. Craft times will be pre-recorded so patrons can stop the video and rewind when making the craft.

“All of the programs are going to be completely virtual and we will use Facebook and Zoom,” Taylor said. “The meetings on Zoom will have the login info shared ahead of time.”

These programs provide opportunities for people of all ages to connect with each other, which is more important than ever, Taylor said.

“In today’s environment when you can’t easily get out and be engaged, the library is providing another platform for you to do that through our programs and events,” she said. “We still are trying to provide the ability to interact with the community. People like to engage, some children like to ask questions, it’s part of the fun of going to these virtual story times and events.”

Participants of the summer reading program can read whatever they want, Taylor said. Patrons can now place book check-out orders via phone or online and librarians can provide recommendations.

Registration must be completed online by May 30 at https://robertfsink.beanstack.org/reader365, and tracking minutes starts June 1.

“Each individual is responsible for tracking their minutes online,” Taylor said.

Library staff can view user minutes and can answer questions about registering at 270-798-5729.

At the end of the program, the top two readers from each age range will receive a challenge coin, Taylor said. The participant with the most minutes read will receive a trophy, and random winners will be drawn from each age group as well.

The last day to enter reading minutes is July 30 and the virtual prize ceremony will be posted July 31. In addition to the reading prizes, various other prizes will be awarded to patrons who win social media challenges, the winners of which will be announced on the Fort Campbell MWR Facebook page.

“It’s really important for patrons to know we are still here for them, even if we can’t see them as often as we would like, Taylor said.

Watch for a full calendar of Summer Reading Program activities to be released at https://campbell.armymwr.com.

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