By Taniah Najih | Timberland Regional Library
There’s still time to participate in Timberland Regional Library’s Summer Library Program which ends August 31st.
Children and adults can brighten their summer by reading, exploring, creating and learning through the Summer Library Program (SLP), a program created by the Timberland Regional Library (TRL) for the communities it serves in Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific and Thurston counties.
SLP is a fantastic educational tool for parents and their children, said Jessica Friberg, Timberland Regional Library District Manager – Youth Services and Programs. This year’s program has seen an increase in the number of participants, she said.
“We’ve seen an increase in the number of people participating in the summer library program this year, especially with the number of free books we’ve been able to give away when people join the program,” Friberg said.
Although TRL won’t have an exact amount until staff begin returning unused books to the service center in September, about 10,000 books have been distributed to TRL libraries for the SLP program, Friberg said.
TRL was also able to resume offering services such as in-person programs at many libraries, Friberg said, adding to SLP’s participation.
“I can’t wait to see more people join us as we continue to develop in-person programs this fall, including favorites like Storytime,” Friberg said.
Participating in library activities and events during the summer is a great way to help reduce learning loss in children, a phenomenon that occurs when skills learned by students during the school year are lost or forgotten over the summer, Friberg said.
Activities that are part of TRL’s summer library program keep children engaged in learning and stimulate their minds, she said.
To participate in SLP, library patrons of all ages can visit any of the 29 TRL locations to receive a free book and activity log.
Participants can track their TRL Summer Library Program activities on their paper journal or digitally at trl.beanstack.org or after downloading the Beanstack app.
Upon completion of all 10 activities, submit your digital journal online or hand in your paper journal and receive a certificate of completion and, while supplies last, a second free book.
Some of the activities that are part of the TRL Summer Library Program include:
- StoryTrails – Participants can walk a local trail and read a picture book as a fun and engaging way to combine a love of nature and a love of reading. Visit TRL.org/Storytrail for a list of locations and more information.
- Take and make activity bags – These crafts, to make at home, include supplies and instructions and are available for a variety of ages at select locations while supplies last.
- Zoom Story Hours – Anyone, anywhere can join our expert storytime providers and other families live on Zoom. Check out Family Storytime and Bilingual Time/La hora bilingüe to find story times in English and Spanish.
- library of things – Customers can discover and explore unique natural environments across Washington, test a product, or take up a new hobby with items from TRL’s Library of Things collections.
- Young and Senior Connect Boxes – These bins are filled with 55-70 books that can be loaned to community centers, health care agencies, before and after school programs, preschool locations, preschools, daycares, day camps and youth groups.
Grab Bag – Customers can share what they like to read, listen or watch, and library staff will prepare a library bag with personalized materials. A handbag form is available online and handbags can be created for all ages and reading levels.
Those interested in the Summer Library Program can visit events.TRL.org for a full list of summer activities for all ages. They can also download an activity log or the Beanstack app below:
SLP Activity Log English Color.pdf
SLP Activity Log Spanish Color.pdf
SLP Activity Log English BW.pdf
SLP Activity Diary Spanish BW.pdf