Pleasanton's Library and Recreation Department is kicking off its free Online Summer Reading Program this Saturday with the same annual goal of making it fun, engaging and accessible for all.
"Each year the library offers an array of summer programs, new books and reading incentives, and this year will be no different," said Lia Bushong, assistant director of library and recreation. "We have connected with hundreds of our library patrons during the shelter in place, and we deeply understand our community's need to keep reading and connecting in times of crisis."
This year's theme for libraries across the country is "Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover!" It incorporates elements of archeology, science and investigation, encouraging young readers to "expand their horizons beyond the commonplace" and "to engage a deeper level of exploration."
Young participants will earn fun rewards and virtual badges tracking their reading throughout the summer. Also, teens and adults can turn their reading into a chance to win prizes, including a Pleasanton retail gift card, a donation to a local charity, or a shout-out on the Library and Recreation Department's Facebook page. Prizes are sponsored by the Friends of the Pleasanton Library.
It is easy to visit the city's Summer Reading webpage and get started, said library community relations coordinator Nick Binzoni.
Although the library is closed to visitors at this time, eBooks can be checked out using the library's new online catalog. Pleasanton library cards can also be used to access free eBooks and audiobooks on Hoopla and Libby, both also available as an app for use on a smartphone.
"Some titles have more available copies than others, but the selection is quite extensive, so we're confident that every participant will be able to find a book that interests them," Binzoni said. "If there are no copies available for a specific title, participants can choose to be added to a waiting list until a copy becomes available."
Register for the Online Summer Reading Program at Beanstack, a reading challenge software and mobile app to log reading times, find book recommendations, post book reviews, earn digital badges and qualify for prize drawings.
Each week, the library will feature a puzzle or challenge that encourages reading, investigating and discovering information and answers.
This summer, special "virtual" library events will include online children's performances and story times, crafts, family game nights, Book Club and Cinema Club for adults, a local author contest, an iHunt game for teens, and a community reading challenge.
The library is encouraging the community to read 1 million minutes this summer. New eBook titles will be rolled out featuring the Dig Deeper themes of archeology, science, and investigation, and reading lists will be featured on the library’s new BiblioCore web catalog.
The Online Summer Reading Program runs through Aug. 2. For more information, visit the library's webpage at www.pleasantonlibrary.org. For assistance with an eReader, call the library at 931-3400, ext. 4.