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Summer Reading Program offered online
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This year’s Summer Reading Program 2020 offered by Magness Library will utilize an online conferencing service called Zoom, the library’s Facebook page, and pick-ups at the library. Sign up now. Pictured is Magness Library assistant director Merissa Chapman. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

Magness Library is committed to helping children build reading and language skills. Summer Reading 2020 will be offered online and sign-ups have begun. 

This year’s theme of Imagine Your Story will strive to offer the benefits of reading, while being designed to stimulate a child’s imagination by urging them to dress up and play the part. 

“Imagine Your Story is probably the most exciting theme for Summer Reading,” said Magness Library assistant director Merissa Chapman. “Who wouldn’t want the chance to dress up as anything you want for a few weeks? This summer is all about using your imagination and just having fun being you! I personally can’t wait to see the costumes and how each child does something different with each craft.”

Beginning June 15, the four-week program is offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and provides crafts, activities and lunches offered using an online conferencing service called Zoom, the library’s Facebook page and pick-ups at the library.

Sign up now. Go to Facebook to pinned post, or website under children’s tab to find the link.

Parents with participating children may pick up craft kits and lunches at the library beginning June 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. While an entire week’s craft kits may be picked up at one time, lunches must be distributed on a daily basis.  

Fridays will have a costume contest on a Facebook thread. Parents are urged to post their child’s picture on the library’s Facebook page. The most “liked” photo gets a prize sponsored by The Collective on Main Street. 

Fridays are also movie day. A list of suggested movies will be provided or watch whatever you want. Each person can get a microwaveable popcorn bag and candy each Friday. Parents may pick up movie goodies at the library between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“If you visit the library with your kids on Friday, have them dress up,” said Chapman. “Please, because we’d love to see them.” 

There will be a Zoom meeting each day at 2 p.m. For those who miss it, a recording of the meeting will be placed on Facebook. To be counted as present add a “comment” with the name(s) of the individuals watching within 24 hours.

End of year prizes consist of two tickets to the Tennessee Aquarium, tokens to McMinnville’s Gilley Pool, and more. Earn tickets for prizes by: 1) Read; 2) Participate in crafts and activities; 3) Do the scavenger hunt and tag us on Facebook; 4) Reach your personal reading goal by the end of Summer Reading Program.

“We would like to thank our sponsors for providing us with some prizes,” said Chapman. “The Collective, Tennessee Aquarium, and McMinnville Parks and Recreation Department.”

For more information, Magness Library can be reached at 931-473-2428.