As children begin to head back to school, Shreve Memorial Library is encouraging young readers to continue reading with reading programs such as the new Beanstack Virtual Field Trips program and 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.
Starting September 1, children ages 6 to 10 are invited to take virtual field trips in a new Beanstack reading challenge. The Virtual Field Trips program encourages children to read books at home and go on virtual field trips to fantastic locations such as zoos, museums, outer space, national landmarks, aquariums, and more. Participants will log their books online through Beanstack and complete virtual challenges to receive digital badges. Those who read 10 books will be entered in monthly drawings for book bundles courtesy of Shreve Memorial Library. The Virtual Field Trips reading program takes place September 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021.
Families of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers can participate in 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten reading program year-round. 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten allows parents to keep track of how many books their children have been exposed to and encourages parents to spend quality time with their children age birth to 6 years old by reading to them. The program is designed to jumpstart a child’s education by teaching them a love of words, reading, and books, and to aid in vocabulary development and early literacy while fostering quality time with their parents and caregivers.
Registration for both the Virtual Field Trips reading program and 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten can be completed online through the Shreve Memorial Library Beanstack site, https://shreve-lib.beanstack.org. Both programs are free and open to the public. Books for both programs can be checked out at any Shreve Memorial Library branch.