Thursday, June 11, 2015

Summer Reading in Full Swing at Area Libraries

Two masked superheroes at the Smithfield Branch Library

Everyone can be a superhero at the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) and staff at all 19 library locations have been preparing for this time of the year since December. BPL’s commitment to outstanding summer reading experiences for children, teens, and adults is reflected in the many and varied offerings for all ages and interests. Participants can discover new books, make new friends, learn a new skill, and enjoy family-friendly programs by participating in themed reading celebrations including Every Hero Has a Story for children; Unmask! for teens; and Escape the Ordinary for adults.

The goal of summer reading is to encourage participants (especially children) to read for pleasure and to read often. BPL is offering special programs and incentives during June and July to motivate patrons of all ages, from children to adults, to read what they enjoy. Once participants read the number of books in their set goal, they are eligible for rewards. Reading rewards range from admission tickets to the McWane Science Center and the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame to scavenger hunt prizes from Red Mountain Park’s zip line.

“Summer reading is a magical time that transforms all of our libraries—and staff,” stated BPL Director Angela Fisher Hall. “With support from our summer reading sponsor the Alabama Power Foundation and other partner organizations we are able to provide an experience for our citizens to encourage reading for enjoyment and enrichment. We are particularly excited that involvement in such a program over the summer months goes a long way in preparing students for the next school year. This is a time of the year that we all look forward to with much anticipation.”

Participants can sign up for summer reading at any BPL location or online at The online component is a new feature this summer where children, teens, and adults may record reading activities to their account and earn virtual badges, as well as other rewards for participating in library programs. Thousands of readers are expected to participate this summer. Magic shows, art classes, demonstrations with live animals, movies, talent shows, fitness fun, storytimes, and more will be offered at all BPL locations.

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