The Richland Public Library Summer Reading Program may look a little different this year, as the library facility remains closed to the public in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, patrons and program participants will still have access to a variety of digital resources, an online storytime, and fun grab and go activities. In addition, there will also be an opportunity to give back to the community. Richland library staff have been working hard to provide a variety of ways for the public to give back, have fun, and stay engaged.
"Our staff remain committed to providing services to our citizens and are very excited to launch the Summer Reading Program and other virtual activities. Our library staff has always been considered essential in the eyes of our public," said Leslie Campbell Hime, Manager of the Richland Public Library.
“Imagine Your Story”, the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program, begins on Monday, June 1, 2020, and is open to all ages, from babies to adults. It is easy to register and track the minutes you spend reading. Participants earn virtual badges as they progress with raffle tickets given to enter for a variety of prizes. An extra incentive this year is the community challenge to read for a collective total of 100,000 minutes. AECOM Richland will donate $1,000 to the Tri-Cities Food Bank if the challenge is met.
To enroll in the Summer Reading Program, visit richland.beanstack.org, and follow the instructions. You do not need a library card or be a Richland resident to enroll. There is also a mobile app. available to download for easy updates and tracking.
The Richland Library continues to offer temporary digital library cards and will soon provide enhanced access to Ancestry.com. There are also future plans for drive-up or curbside capabilities. Be sure to visit myrichlandlibrary.org or the Richland Library Facebook page (facebook.com/RPLibrary) for updates.
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