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Whatcom View: Libraries offer summer reading programs for all ages

Ferndale Public Library, which opened on Main Street in downtown Ferndale in 2014 is part of the Whatcom County Library System. Bellingham and Whatcom County libraries are offering summer reading programs for all ages.
Ferndale Public Library, which opened on Main Street in downtown Ferndale in 2014 is part of the Whatcom County Library System. Bellingham and Whatcom County libraries are offering summer reading programs for all ages. THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

We hear from adults all the time — “Library children’s programs look like so much fun! Can I join in?” We’re happy to let you know that many of our favorite children’s learning and enrichment programs have grownup versions, tailored for adults and teens.

Lego building, beadworking, games, paper crafts and more: your local library offers grownup versions of many of our popular children’s programs. And our long-standing, award-winning children’s summer reading programs have grownup versions, too, with opportunities for adults and teens to participate online and in-person.

Calling all super heroes! “Every Hero Has a Story” is the theme of all area summer reading programs, emphasizing reading as one of the best super hero powers anyone can have. Summer reading programs for everyone — adults, teens and children — are now underway throughout Bellingham and Whatcom County.

Summer reading for adults and teens

Summer reading is now for adults and teens, too. Win prizes, become a virtual librarian for a day, track your summer reading, comment on books you’ve read or listened to, take quizzes, earn virtual badges and more, through a rich online program designed for adult and teen readers.

No computer? No problem. You can still join in using paper review and tracking forms, also making you eligible for prizes. Adults and teens can even win a prize for visiting the Bellingham Public Library at demonstrations scheduled throughout the summer.

Details are available by visiting any Bellingham or Whatcom County public library and on each library’s website.

Summer reading for children

As in the past, elementary-school-age children are challenged to keep reading or listening to books and track them over the summer. Completing their reading challenge and returning their reading logs to their local library makes them eligible for fun prizes. And special events and activities planned all summer long make summer reading extra fun.

Even the youngest children (and parents) can participate in summer reading, with early literacy skill development emphasized in programs for children ages birth to five years. Participants are challenged to complete activities that get families talking, singing, reading, writing and playing together.

Reading logs for children’s summer reading are available now at all area libraries and on their websites. Students at public and private schools in Bellingham also each received a reading log through their school before the last day of school.

All available through end of August

Summer reading programs for all ages throughout Bellingham and Whatcom County are scheduled through Aug. 31, with many options to track and celebrate your summer reading and learning. Special summer reading events also are scheduled at all area libraries, including craft fairs, recognition ceremonies and much more.

Join your local library’s summer reading program and be a super hero. Stop by your local library or visit your library website for details: Bellingham Public Library at bellinghampubliclibrary.org or Whatcom County Library System at wcls.org.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Janice Keller is the communications, community relations and programming manager for the Bellingham Public Library; Lizz Roberts is the community relations manager for the Whatcom County Library System.

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