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Hey, kids! You’re invited to help Build a Better World this summer by participating in our 2017 Summer Reading Program! Each year, thousands of children and teens have fun tracking their reading progress, attending great library programs, and earning prizes all summer long, so don’t miss out! Our 2017 program runs from June 19 through August 12 at all library branches and we’re anxious to welcome back last year’s readers while encouraging those who haven’t previously participated to jump right in.

This year’s Summer Reading theme is “Build a Better World” and kids will find lots of ways to do their part, from reading at home and at the beach, to visiting their local libraries for fascinating programs about science, nature and more. Let the Lizard Guys introduce you to snakes, turtles, and frogs, or learn about clouds, combustion, and air pressure from Sciencetellers. There’s plenty for teens to enjoy too, from writing workshops, to author Skype visits, to after-hours, library lock-ins. And don’t forget to mark your calendar for when award-winning magician Joe Holiday returns to perform outstanding feats of magic while showcasing classic children's books.

Once again, participants will be able to use Beanstack, the BCLS online tracking system, to log their reading progress, explore books lists, and access activity tracks customized for each age group and designed to encourage learning, curiosity and fun. (Paper BCLS reading logs also will be available at each library branch.) Remember, kids age 11 and under who register for their Beanstack accounts through the BCLS website and track their progress will earn virtual badges for reaching each reading milestone.

For every 10 books a child ages 5 and under reads, and every four hours a child ages 6 to 11 reads, one badge and one prize will be earned. Reach all the reading milestones to earn the most prizes, and all badges earned online may be redeemed at a library branch. Extra rewards may also be earned by completing the online Activity Tracks. In addition, kids ages 12 to 18 who play the new BCLS Teen Summer Reading Bingo game (which encourages reading while tackling fun activities) will also be eligible to earn library prizes.

Enjoy your summer, and happy reading!