Potsdam Public Library Hosts Free Summer Reading Camp, Reading Challenge for Kids | Education


POTSDAM – The Potsdam Public Library is planning a free summer reading camp and reading challenge for children.

Reading camp is scheduled for July 11-15 from 10 a.m. to noon daily. It’s for ages 5-12, but older or younger children won’t be turned away.

Maria D. Morrison, the library’s family literacy specialist, said the theme for the reading camp will be “oceans of possibility.”

Those wishing to register their children for the camp can email Ms Morrison at [email protected] and include the children’s contact details and names.

The Summer Reading Challenge begins June 1 and ends August 31. Parents can pick up a journal sheet at the library. For every 100 minutes of reading, the participant receives a ticket entered into a raffle that will take place after the challenge has closed.

Ms. Morrison will also host pop-up story times for children. She will announce the time and location on the Facebook page of the Potsdam Public Library. They will take place in outdoor locations. Anyone can join.

She will also host on-demand, contextual storytimes for families concerned about exposing unvaccinated children to COVID-19.

“If you have a pod you’re comfortable with, contact me and at your convenience, I’ll set up a story hour for your pod,” she said.

Ms. Morrison is also continuing her “Shelbie” program. She has shelves placed in businesses in the area where people have to sit and wait, such as doctors’ offices and auto mechanic shops. Anyone can take a book from the shelf.

The books are all free. I store them every month,” she said, adding that 1,500 to 3,000 books a month are donated through the Shelfie program.

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