2020 Imagine Your Story Summer Reading Challenge

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Summer Reading has gone virtual for 2020!  Earn rewards by reading and completing fun Challenge activities. The Summer Reading Challenge is divided into 4 reading levels:

  • Read Aloud (birth-4 years)
  • Elementary (ages 5-9)
  • Tween (ages 10-12)
  • Teen level (ages 13-19)

Families can sign up for the Challenge and keep track of Summer Reading minutes and activities for each Reader in one easy place with Beanstack! To register for the Summer Reading Challenge, visit lancasterlibraries.org/srp.
Beanstack Quick Start Guide

Imagine Your Story Summer Reading Challenge Virtual Events will take place online (Zoom, Facebook Live, or YouTube). Registration is required for most events and the links will be sent to registered participants by email a few days prior to the event.

Manheim Community Library Summer Reading Challenge Online – Join Manheim Community Library on Facebook for 9 weeks of online summer reading fun! After you sign up for Beanstack, please join the Facebook group for your child’s age group.

  1. Preschool (0-4)
  2. Elementary (5-9)
  3. Tween (10-12)
  4. Teen (13-19)

Once you join, you’ll find information on each of our weekly themes, book recommendations, crafts, creative prompts, and fun virtual programming. Summer is all about FUN, and our new Youth Services Coordinator, Lindsay Bandy, is excited to help readers find new books and activities to enjoy!

Here’s what to expect on our Facebook Groups:

Maker Mondays: Every Monday, Lindsay will post about the new theme and share creative ideas for each age group. This will include a variety of crafts with step-by-step instructions, prompts for building with Legos or other materials, writing, science experiments, and more! Children will be encouraged (with parental permission) to share photos of their creations to their Facebook group.

Teen and Tween Tuesdays: On Tuesdays, Lindsay will share theme-related book recommendations on Facebook Live at 11 a.m. for Tweens and 1 p.m. for Teens. Patrons may request any of the featured books for curbside delivery.

Wildcard Wednesdays: Stay tuned for special activities or programs, because Wednesdays will be full of surprises!

Storytime Thursdays: Preschoolers can tune in to Facebook Live at 10 a.m. on Thursdays for Storytime with Lindsay, and parents will find easy and fun literacy-building tips and activities posted on the Preschool Facebook Group each week. Books available for curbside delivery will also be highlighted.

Fridays Are Funny!: Elementary-aged kids can tune in to Facebook Live at 11 a.m. every Friday for a humorous read-aloud and book recommendations. Patrons may request any of the recommended books for curbside delivery.

Weekly Theme Schedule (PDF)

Questions? Email us at info@manheimlibrary.org or message us on Facebook.


VIRTUAL EVENTS

NOTE: Event registration is required for most events. For Live Zoom events, the link will be emailed to you a few days before the event.

Phredd Ukulele One Man Band | LIVE Zoom event
Wednesday, June 24
10:00 AM

Phredd’s performance includes interaction, singing, hand-motions, and creative play. Phredd’s songs inspire imagination, creativity and positive encouragement. Enjoy ukulele strumming, harmonica wailing, suitcase drum kicking, quirky singer-songwriter of unmitigated joy performing original tunes about pirates, electric tricycles, monkeys and more.
REGISTER


The Myth and Magic of Insects | LIVE Zoom event
Tuesday, June 30
1:30 PM

Explore the incredible world of bugs and insects with The BugMan.  We will learn how insects were revered throughout history and their importance to survival of nearly everything on the planet.
REGISTER


Crocodile Chronicles: An Imagination Adventure | LIVE Zoom event
Wednesday, July 1
10:00 AM

Jesse Rothacker lives with 100 live reptiles and 3 humans, so every day is a new story. Whether he’s blaming a Gila monster for ruining the coffee, or forgetting to tell his wife about the alligator in the bathtub, you never know what mess he’ll get into next. Come meet some of the cold-blooded critters that are Jesse’s housemates, and hear some of Jesse’s real life stories from his three decades of reptile rescue. We’ll also highlight some fictional reptile stories, and inspire the audience to create reptile stories of their own.

Jesse is the founder and president of Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit reptile rescue and education organization. Each year Forgotten Friend finds homes for unwanted pet reptiles and provides environmental education programs for thousands of families.
REGISTER


GSHPA Virtual STEAM Mobile: Endangered Animals | LIVE Zoom event
Monday, July 6
10:00 AM

Join Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA’s Virtual STEAM Mobile program! Learn about endangered animals and what you can do to help! You will need paper, pencil, coloring implements, and access to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) website. Children grades K-12 are welcome!
REGISTER


Drum for FUN with Tammi | LIVE Zoom event
Wednesday, July 8
10:00 AM

Imagine a fun-filled short trip to West Africa to play drums, dance, sing, learn, and SMILE! This program with Tammi will have you dancin’ on your feet and movin’ in your seat. Let’s go back in time and learn about the original story of the Lion King…but this time, you are in it, playing rhythms with your hands and stomping with your feet.
REGISTER


Hank’s Sensational Day: Hank the Health Hero Story Time | Facebook Live, YouTube
Tuesday, July 14
10:00 AM

Book read: Hank’s Healthy Habits
Join Hank the Health Hero and CHI Education team members Matt Martsolf and Candace Schneider for virtual story time. The pre-recorded videos (15-20 minutes long) will be posted on Hank’s YouTube Channel and Facebook page. A related activity PDF will be available to download for those viewing.
YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCih908LQ60ctMQuX8WrO4QA
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/hankthehealthhero/


Habitat Story
Wednesday, July 22
10:00 AM

Together with Lancaster Parks & Recreation, we will read the book “I Took a Walk” by Henry Cole.  Kids will learn about a variety of habitats. They will play the Habitat Game, testing their knowledge while staying on the move. Finally, they will be able to design their own habitat with critters, using a mosaic style of art, and write a story based on their creations.
REGISTER


GSHPA Virtual STEAM Mobile: Master Builders LIVE Zoom event
Monday, August 3
10:00 AM

Join Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA’s Virtual STEAM Mobile program! Learn and follow the Engineering Design Process while building new structures! You will need paper, pencil, coloring implements, and building supplies (LEGOs, plastic cups, paper, blocks, etc.) Children grades K-12 are welcome!
REGISTER


Hank’s Healthy Smile: Hank the Health Hero Story Time | Facebook Live, YouTube
Tuesday, August 11
10:00 AM

Book read: Hank’s Healthy Smile
Join Hank the Health Hero and CHI Education team members Matt Martsolf and Candace Schneider for virtual story time. The pre-recorded videos (15-20 minutes long) will be posted on Hank’s YouTube Channel and Facebook page. A related activity PDF will be available to download for those viewing.
YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCih908LQ60ctMQuX8WrO4QA
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/hankthehealthhero/


Hank Learns About Germs: Hank the Health Hero Story Time | Facebook Live, YouTube
Tuesday, September 8
10:00 AM

Book read: Hank Learns About Germs
Join Hank the Health Hero and CHI Education team members Matt Martsolf and Candace Schneider for virtual story time. The pre-recorded videos (15-20 minutes long) will be posted on Hank’s YouTube Channel and Facebook page. A related activity PDF will be available to download for those viewing.
YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCih908LQ60ctMQuX8WrO4QA
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/hankthehealthhero/


Thanks to this year’s Imagine Your Story Summer Reading Program sponsors!

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