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Library all-digital Summer Reading Challenge

May 30

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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Saturday, repeating until August 1, 2020 12:00 am

Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) will offer, amid the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, an all-digital Summer Reading Challenge beginning Saturday, May 30 and concluding Saturday, Aug. 1.

Library to launch all-digital Summer Reading Challenge on May 30
Annual program focuses on educational benefits of summer reading.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year’s 9-week program will be offered with several modifications put in place to ensure the community’s health and safety. Changes include:

The program will be online only through columbuslibrary.org/summerreading and – new this year – with the free READsquared app (available on iOS and Android devices). Customers of all ages can use the app to log in and track activity just like on CML’s website.
CML will not offer any in-person programs at its 23 locations. CML will instead offer a calendar of free virtual events.
The VolunTeen program, which enables 12-17-year-olds to help with customer sign-ups and programs, has been canceled.
Customers will be able to track their reading on a Game Board and play Reading Activity Bingo to be entered into raffles for prizes. CML will have raffle drawings for gift cards and food offers along the way, as well as a raffle at the end of the program that includes kids’ bikes, helmets and locks for the 5-11 age group, as well as book bundles for all other age groups.
New this year: the Community Challenge. CML challenges Franklin County readers to reach a reading goal of 6 million minutes. Participants can check the community’s progress when logged into their Summer Reading Challenge account.
Also new this year: the School Challenge. One Franklin County elementary school, middle school and high school building with students recording the highest total number of reading minutes will each receive free books. Students will be able to track their school’s progress in their Summer Reading Challenge accounts.
Customers of all ages can log in starting Saturday, May 30.

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