Summer reading program starts this week

    Imagine Your Story! is the theme for the Crawford County Library District’s (CCLD) virtual summer reading program. The program will feature online reading challenges to earn badges and prizes. Participants can enter drawings for grand prizes by earning badges.

    There will be weekly live stream events for all ages from preschool through adults. The first two will be held on Friday, June 5, with one at 10:30 a.m. and another at 1 p.m. Materials will be available for pick-up and the online sign-up will be active beginning on June 5, also. Sign up options to enroll and participate will be available online, by mail, or with pick-up and drop-off of materials.
    Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft has announced the CCLD has been awarded a Reading Challenge Software Grant of $990. This software will be used as a part of the summer reading program in the CCLD.
    Reading Challenge Software Grants help public libraries implement the reading challenge/tracker software solution of their choice to provide partial or full online summer reading programs in 2020, as well as other reading challenges throughout the year.
     “Missouri’s libraries play a vital role in their communities, providing key resources and learning opportunities year-round,” Ashcroft said. “These grants help our libraries continue to offer their summer reading programs, with the added ease of online accessibility.”
     The Missouri State Library has approved a total of 141 grant applications in the 2020 fiscal year, totaling $810,019.50 in federal awards that the secretary’s office has distributed to libraries throughout Missouri. The grants are funded by the Library Services and Technology Act through the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.