to the South Charleston Public Library (SCPL) Summer Library Programs!
What is the Summer Library Program?
SCPL creates and facilitates programs year-round to serve the reading and information needs of our community.
Summer programs are specifically designed to:
provide young readers activities and materials to develop and strengthen literacy skills,
encourage reading for pleasure, and
establish a lifetime love of reading and learning.
Due to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, the library team is bringing readers of all ages the library’s first “online and more” summer programs.
This year’s theme is “Tails and Tales," and all activities are FREE. The library’s many books and online resources are filled with stories and information to fuel everyone’s imagination.
Who may participate?
Readers from anywhere of any age may register to read with SCPL’s summer programs.
Do I/we need a SCPL card to participate?
Although not required to participate, SCPL cards are FREE and may be applied for on the library’s website (scplwv.org/librarycard).
With the SCPL card, readers have access to books, ebooks, movies, streaming media and music, and much, MUCH more.
Holds for items in the library may be placed online (scplwv.org) and by phone (304-744-6561) with contactless pickup available at the library’s Drive Up service window.
What books or reading materials may be counted/logged?
Readers are encouraged to borrow SCPL books, ebooks, and audiobooks, and may also count/log books from any location including those in personal libraries. Books read more than once may also be counted.
What is “online and more”?
To keep everyone socially distanced and healthy, the library team has created a mix of live online programs and hands-on activities that may be picked up at the library.
Join Storytime and Sign Up Zoom programs at 5:30 pm May 18, May 25, and June 1 for a few stories and songs along with registration assistance.
Live online programs (with recordings available after) begin June 7 and include: Mystery Mondays; Family Fun Fest; Teen Talk; Literacy and Learning; Field Trip Fridays; and Cozy Crafts.
Starting June 2, young readers will receive weekly craft/STEAM activity kits that may be picked up at the library. There will also be a few books to keep gifted along the way.
What program should I/we sign up to join?
SCPL programs are designed to meet the interests of readers of all ages, and are created with age appropriate stories, activities, and content.
Our programs are divided by ages of the reader and include:
What is the Wall of Prizes?
Thanks to the generous gifts of time, expertise, and money from community members, SCPL again brings readers the one and only “Wall of Prizes.” This year’s prize lists have expanded, and virtual tickets are earned by reading and attending programs.
Some of the over 150 prizes available include: bikes; gift cards to Aldi’s, Kroger, Lowe’s, Speedway, Walmart, Target, and more; an Amazon Echo games and books; Lego sets; COSI tickets; Studio Creator Kits; STEM builder sets; and much, MUCH more!
Click on your or your reader's age group to see what’s up for grabs - just for reading!
Early Literacy/Preschool Wall of Prizes
School Age Wall of Prizes
Teen Wall of Prizes
Adult Wall of Prizes
Please note: to be eligible to win prizes, each reader must “complete” the program by reading and logging a minimum of 5 books. Each reader may only win one Wall of Prizes item.
(birth to 5 years)
For our youngest readers, the weekly Literacy and Learning online Zoom programs begin Thursday, June 10 at 11 am. These readers and families are also welcome to join Family Fun Fests online Zoom programs Tuesday evenings at 5:30 pm starting June 8.
Weekly craft/STEAM activity kits may be picked up at the library starting June 2.
These programs and activities are designed by SCPL professionals to focus on six early literacy skills children must develop in order to increase the likelihood of reading success: print motivation (loving books and print materials); phonological awareness (understanding that words are composed of smaller sounds); vocabulary (words); narrative skills (ability to tell a story); print awareness (knowing that, in English, we read left to right and top to bottom); and letter knowledge (knowing that words are comprised of letters).
Activities include reading, talking, playing, writing, and singing. We encourage interactions so preschoolers establish and maintain a love of stories, and incorporate activities to translate ideas into active learning and continued advancement of fine motor skills.
What is on the Wall of Prizes?
For our school age readers and families, the weekly Family Fun Fest online Zoom programs begin Tuesday, June 8 at 5:30 pm. Readers and families are also welcome to join other programs including our Mystery Mondays and Field Trip Fridays.
While continuing to emphasize literacy skills, these programs are created by SCPL professionals to provide hands-on exploration allowing personal connections with abstract materials (books and story concepts) and presenting opportunities to play with story themes.
Activities in these sessions include listening to and discussing stories, creating storyboards, playing games, making crafts, and designing projects.
For our teen readers, the weekly Teen Talk YouTube live programs begin Wednesday, June 9 at 4:30 pm. Readers are also welcome to join other programs including our Mystery Mondays and Field Trip Fridays.
These programs are designed by SCPL professionals to create learning experiences in an environment offering mentored independence, while allowing the exploration of new ideas and the opportunity to build positive relationships with peers.
Activities are less structured, yet more advanced, and the participating readers contribute significantly to the direction and success of the program.
The Adult Summer Library Program allows readers to read at any pace and place. Register online, and simply log books read, audiobooks listened to, and even books read with young readers.
There will be a Cozy Craft - Adult Art with JoAnne Zoom event July 10. Participants will follow along to create art from the comfort of home. The End of Year Reading Rumpus on July 23 will include an adult concert.
For a video guide on how to register, logging books, and other features, click *here*.For a video guide to the Wall of Prizes, click *here*.Questions? Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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