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Baldwin launches summer reading challenge

Baldwin Public Library is inviting readers of all ages to participate in its annual summer reading challenge, running from Friday, June 7 through Friday, August 2.


The 2024 Summer Reading Kickoff will be held Friday, June 7, from 3-5 p.m. at the library. Activities and crafts are planned around the theme of “Adventure Awaits at your Library,” and participants of all ages are invited to attend and enjoy the fun. The Friends of the Baldwin Public Library are the 2024 sponsors of the Summer Reading program.


Library staff are excited to share the plans for this year’s program. Stephanie Klimmek, head of Youth Services, said that the Summer Reading Challenge is “great because we have something for all ages, birth through adults – everyone can participate at their own level. Summer Reading helps to highlight the importance of reading together and give families fun, practical, easy ways to add reading to their daily routine. And there are fun prizes, including books, to earn along the way.”


The Teen Services team has also been busy planning an exciting schedule of events. Librarian Elisabeth Phou is “very excited for our teen summer program. I love that Beanstack is easy to use for kids who are busy and on the go. Whether you're on vacation or staying at home, we make it accessible for everyone. There are options to read, write book reviews and do activities like attend a library program or get outside and have an adventure. They can win prizes by earning points, but there are also random drawings, so there's a chance for everyone to win something. I am most excited for our Taylor Swift party, but if you're not a Swiftie, we also have Dungeons and Dragons, a Super Smash Bros tournament, and to finish off the summer we're playing Nerf Wars after-hours. Anyone going into 7-12 grades are welcome.”


The Summer Reading Challenge is not just for kids and teens. Jen Hassell, Adult Services librarian, hopes adults will also take part in the challenge. She said, “Reading is a great escape and empathy builder. Though many of us wish we could read more, we often have trouble carving out the time. I hope that by combining the challenge element with the more relaxed summer months, more people will allow themselves the freedom and fun of a good book.”


Summer reading progress for all ages can be logged at baldwinlib.beanstack.org, beginning June 7. This year, readers can count minutes or complete activities to meet the challenge goals. Prizes will be awarded at various points all summer long, so participants are encouraged to record their progress regularly.

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