HAPL’s Summer Program: Imagine Your Story
-Summer Program Calendar of Events Below-
What is the summer program?
Our goal for the summer is to have our community reading and doing fun activities. Our program is free and open to the public. The overall goal is to have each participant earn 1,000 points. Every minute that you read equals one point. Completing suggested activities will also earn you points.
Is this program being offered at the branch libraries, too?
Yes! The Freeland, Nuremberg, South Side (McAdoo), and Valley branches are offering this, too.
How old do you have to be to join the program?
Our program is for readers of all ages! There’s the Pre-K group (birth-5 years), the Children’s Group (6-11 years), the Teen Group (12-18 years), and the Adult Group (ages 18+).
When does the program begin and end?
Participants have already started to track their reading. You can track your reading and completed activities until August 28th. If you earn 1,000 points by that date, your name will be entered into a prize drawing.
How do you keep track of reading times and completed activities?
We are using the READSquared software this year. It can be accessed via a web browser, or you can download the app. It’s free and easy to use. Participants will be able to log the minutes they’ve read, and they’ll be able to complete activities, called missions, in order to earn more points.
To access the Luzerne County Library System ReadSquared program, use this link: http://luzernelibraries.readsquared.com/ (If you're using the app, when asked to type in your library name, search for "Luzerne County Library System". You will be asked to enter in an individual library at a later point.)
To see a READSquared tutorial, use this link: https://youtu.be/HN_ITb2Y_2E
What if I know someone who’d like to join, but doesn’t have internet access?
We do have an alternative for them. They should call their local library to find out more information.
Will there be any additional activities this summer, such as storytimes?
Yes! However, they will be primarily virtual programs. Each week we will be offering a family storytime, a children’s activity, a Teen program using Zoom, different STEAM activities, virtual field trips, guest presenters who will get us moving, and a weekly BINGO game using Zoom. We will post links to the videos on the website.
What is Zoom?
Zoom is software that will allow you to watch us live, and we will be able to communicate with the audience directly. It is free and easy to use. For security reasons, people who wish to join a Zoom activity must fill out a Google Form to register.
When do the virtual summer programs take place?
They will begin on Monday, July 6th, and end on Friday, August 14th.
What are grab-n-go packets?
From July 6th to August 18th we will offer weekly packets that members of the summer program can pick up to enjoy. They are broken up by age group (1 per child), and there will be a STEAM activity packet (1 per family). These packets will contain recipes, activities, sometimes craft materials and instructions to follow along with our videos, BINGO cards, and general info about upcoming programs. This is a great way for participants who can’t access the internet to be able to join in some summer fun.
How do I get a grab-n-go packet?
This will vary from library to library. Please contact your local library to find out more information.
Summer Calendar of Events:
Virtual Field Trip—Conyngham Post Office (video link available for one week beginning July 13th)
Let’s Get Moving—Tap Dance Lesson with Keystone Ballet Academy Instructor (video link available for one week beginning July 14th)
Summer Family Storytime (Pre-K Program)—A Hero’s Journey with Miss Nancy. Hear a story, then make a sword and shield craft. Members of our Pre-K program can follow along with materials from the Pre-K weekly Grab-N-Go packet. (video link available for one week beginning July 15th)
Teen Program Creative Writing Zoom (Wednesday 7/15 at 6:15)—You must sign up before 5pm on Wednesday to participate. Please sign up by completing this Google Form: https://forms.gle/rFvJC5DEWsNJH88v8
Children’s Program—Giants! Miss Crystal will read a book and then show us how to make our own beards. You can find the materials to make your beards in this week's grab-n-go packets. (video link available for one week beginning July 16th)
BINGO Night on Zoom (Thursday 7/16 at 6pm)—This event is for all ages. You will use the BINGO cards that are put into the Pre-K, Children, and Teen weekly Grab-N-Go packets. You must sign up before 5pm on Thursday to participate. Please sign up by completing this Google Form: https://forms.gle/KKJ8uQMabT2yUqzb9
STEAM—Plant beans with Mr. Ario. Program members of all ages can follow along with the STEAM weekly Grab-N-Go packet. Please remember, one STEAM packet per family. (video link available for one week beginning July 10th)
Fractured Fairytale—Hear a different take on a classic fairytale with Miss Crystal (video link available for one week beginning July 10th)
Babies, Rhythms, and Rhymes—Join Miss Mary for some baby bounces, tickles, songs, stories and more! (video link available for one week beginning July 11th)