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Athens library system summer program: creative, fun, free ways to build love for reading

The summer reading programs at Athens Regional Libraries will offer opportunities for all ages and abilities to explore creativity, develop social skills, learn new things, and have fun while reading. This year’s theme is “Adventure Begins at Your Library,” and kids can earn prizes for achieving reading goals, all ages can join in-person and online activities, and families can check out Experience Passes to explore great places around the state.

“Public libraries offer families unique opportunities to enjoy free, educational, and cultural enriching activities during the summer months,” said Vice Chancellor for Libraries & Archives and State Librarian Julie Walker. “We want everybody in Georgia to come in and discover the treasure that is their public library. With 410 public libraries, there’s at least one in every county in the state.”

The summer reading program takes place from late May until early August, and library programs will bring in talented performers to offer a variety of activities, such as visits from Clifford the Big Red Dog and Brenda Bean, Bird Lady. Be sure to check the schedule for each branch at athenslibrary.org/events to take advantage of these fun and FREE opportunities.

Families also can plan activities together by checking out Experience Passes for free or reduced admissions to great places around the state, which are available at all public libraries through the Georgia Public Library Service. Families can enjoy the outdoors at Georgia State Parks, explore wildlife at Zoo Atlanta, go see a play at Alliance Theatre, discover local history at several museums, and more.

In addition to traditional paper reading logs, all families have access to Beanstack, a digital platform that not only helps kids keep track of their reading, but also allows them to earn badges by engaging in a wide variety of outdoor and indoor activities.

 

The Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (GLS) Summer Reading Program is also now open for registration. This year’s program will take place from June 1- July 31, 2024. GLS will offer weekly reading club meetings during June and July for readers of all ages and their families to gather in a virtual room and discuss books and other topics. Participants can also enjoy an exciting lineup of virtual author talks, storytimes, and interactive online activities hosted by the National Library for the Blind and Print Disabled. To learn more or register, call 800-248-6701 or email gls@georgialibraries.org.


The Athens Regional Library System consists of 11 branch locations, located within 5 counties in Northeast Georgia. All events are free and open to the public. For more information and a full list of Athens Regional Library Summer Reading events, please visit www.athenslibrary.org/events or call the library at 706-613-3650.  

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