The Public Libraries of Saginaw's annual Summer Reading Program, "Imagine Your Story," is set to kick off June 22, but patrons will notice a few changes this year.
The free program will feature three age groups:
- an early literacy program for Birth through Age 3
- a children's program for Preschool through 6th grade
- and a teen program for students in 7th grade through 12th grade
Participating children and teens will receive a free book when they pick up their reading records at any library branch before August 8.
They can then log time spent reading or listening to someone else read. Prizes for completion of the program can be picked up between June 29 and August 15.
All prizes are limited and subject to availability.
As always, children under seven visiting the library must be accompanied by a responsible helper.
There is not an adult program as in year's past, but Library Director Maria McCarville encourages patrons ages 18 and up to look for a new adult reading program this winter.
"Summer Reading looks very different this year due to Covid-19. We appreciate your patience as we work hard to keep everyone safe, but still provide a fun, inspiring experience," McCarville said.
McCarville also encouraged people to keep an eye on the library's website calendar, Facebook page and Instagram feeds for virtual programming experiences.
One option is sampling the thousands of award-winning art and craft on-demand video classes available through a new service called Creativebug. A link to Creativebug is available on the library's website.