Northumberland Public Library Summer Reading Program

Library Assistant Cate Land ready for the Northumberland Public Library Summer Reading Program that launches in June.

In the midst of a pandemic, it’s a challenge to organize the “usual.” For children, it’s important to work around the strange new world of constant hand-washing, masks, and stressed out adults to provide some normalcy and fun. With that in mind, Northumberland Public Library along with the Northumberland Elementary School and Northumberland Family YMCA are presenting “Imagine Your Story,” this year’s Summer Reading theme.

“While the programs will look different this summer, there is something for all ages, from preschool to high school,” said Library Children’s Program Director Marilyn Smith. “With the help of our teachers we will keep our students reading throughout the summer but without an emphasis on numbers and more on enjoying their time reading with their families.”

All the summer reading programs will be presented on-line. There will be performances by Bright Star Theatre, ScienceTellers, and Page Turner Adventures. “Once Upon a Wednesday” Virtual Story Times will be posted on the library website and FaceBook page each week.

Since not everyone in our community have access to the internet, the library is making plans that will allow up to nine children into the library during a program.

“That could happen in July but will depend on advice we receive from the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control,” said Library Director Jane Blue.

Northumberland Elementary students will receive paper reading logs from school to record books they read over the summer.

This year, the library will offer prizes to readers of all ages for their reading efforts. Middle and high school students and adults can play Book BINGO for a chance to win a prize basket. Parents can arrange to pick them up from the library by calling first.

Meantime, the library will offer “Take & Make Bags” beginning June 15. Bags for elementary school-age students will contain three to four crafts and other activities. Bags for preschool students will follow “Once Upon a Wednesday” themes that begin June 17.

In the fall, when students return their reading logs to the school there will be a reading celebration.

Library schedules and details for library programs will be available on the website - and FaceBook page or patrons can call the library – 804-580-5051.