The world looks different this summer, and Princeton Public Library’s summer reading program is looking different, too!
Starting Monday, June 15 through Friday, July 31, Princeton library patrons will DIG DEEPER to READ, INVESTIGATE, and DISCOVER, using an Internet-based system called Reader Zone to help log reading minutes. Reader Zone is an app for Android or Apple devices (not for desktop computers). Simply search for the Reader Zone at your app store, install it to your device, make an account and add your reader(s) names—a parent can include all members of the family under one account, and join the Princeton Public Library reading program with our code: 87672. However, you can also use Reader Zone on a desktop computer to log in your reading by setting up an account at readerzone.com. Begin logging your reading starting Monday, June 15.
If you are unable or do not wish to use the online app—or if you simply want to have something to track reading before logging it onto the app, the library will have traditional paper logs that can be picked up at the library or you can download a copy with the following link. The reading logs need only be returned if you will NOT be logging hours on the Reader Zone app or website.
The library is offering three different reading programs: Youth (PreK to age 12), Teen, and Adult, and will offer incentives to encourage readers as they accrue minutes, and an online raffle for prizes at the end of the summer reading program.
Because the library is only open for book and media pick-ups, there will be no face-to-face programs. Instead summer readers will receive a weekly list of activities and challenges that can be done at home. Some activity materials will be provided in pick-up packets at the library, other activities don’t require special materials or use materials easily found at home. The library is also planning to offer a few online programs over the summer, in addition to a weekly storytime that premieres each Tuesday at 10:30 am on the Princeton Public Library Facebook page.
The “summer learning slide” has always been a concern, but with the COVID-19 pandemic and the move to remote learning in mid-March, it’s especially important to keep children reading and learning this summer, and participating in the library’s summer reading program is a fun way to bridge the gap.
For more information on Princeton Public Library’s summer reading program, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the library 815-875-1331.