july, 2020

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29jun - 2juljun 291:00 amjul 2- 1:00 amTake & Make Craft Kit
8jul2:00 pm- 1:00 am"Get a Charge" with Jack Brown (Virtual)
15jul1:00 pm- 1:00 pmTie Dye Fun
28jul10:00 am- 10:00 amLast Day to Check In (Log reading)

2020 Summer Reading Program

“Imagine Your Story”

Join us this summer for our virtual summer reading program. The library is proud to present CSLP “Imagine Your Story!” This year our library will be using a reading application to track your summer reading progress. The application can be downloaded for free from the app store and put on a device of your choice. Parents can register with a family account and add each child to track for their individual progress. This will eliminate the need for paper charts and lost booklets. Another positive is that Ms Jenny and Ms Karen have created some fun summer missions which can be accessed through Readsquared. If you choose to allow your children, there are games that can be played through the app when certain reading goals are met. There are many opportunities to grow and learn this summer with a chance to win prizes.

  1. Choose the device you would like to use for tracking and accessing Readsquared program.
  2. Next go to the app store on that device.
  3. Search for Readsquared.
  4. Install the application on your device.
  5. Open the app and type in Alexandria to find our library. Be sure to select Alexandria Public Library, Ohio. Click here to go to our home page.
  6. Next you will be given a choice to register as “myself,” “myself and children” or “my group.” Make your selection and complete the registration filling in the required information(*). We are offering four programs based on age/grade or adult. Select a program for each participant and begin reading and tracking.
    1. Preschool ages 0-4years
    2. Kindergarten-Fifth Grade
    3. Sixth-Twelfth Grade
    4. Adults

As you read and log your reading we recommend (5 days a week for 25 minutes each day) you will earn virtual badges and prizes that can be picked up at the library when you come to check in. There are also missions that can be completed to earn more points toward program completion. All of our events have also been entered into the app so you can keep track of what virtual programs are happening. (Some events will require advanced registration.) If you complete our program, you will be entered into a random drawing for various prizes, winners will be contacted by email. If you have any questions please contact the library at 740.924.3561.

Children’s Summer Reading Events

Tuesday, June 9, 6pm – Summer Reading Program Drive Through Registration Drive by our sign-up table, register for the SRP, and receive your starter kit and Program Details! Feel free to wear your favorite fairy tale costume! (All Children)

Wednesday, June 10, 11am – Fairy Gardening (K-5th) (video) Planting and decorating a tiny garden in the Library’s landscape.

Tuesday, June 23, 6:30pm (Facebook Live) – PJs & Bedtime Stories Join us for a few bedtime stories in your jammies! Cuddle up with your stuffed animals and get cozy!

Monday-Thursday, June 29 through July 2 – Take & Make Craft Kit Pick up a craft kit to complete at home when you come in to check in your progress. (K-5)

Wednesday, July 8, 2pm (Virtual) – “Get a Charge!” with Jack Brown* (K-5)

Wednesday, July 15, 1-3pm – Tie Dye Fun We will provide the dye and rubber bands! Bring an article of clothing to tie dye—nothing is off limits! Shirts, socks, shorts, scarves, even underwear are way more special when they have been tie dyed! Registration is required for 20-minute appointments. Call the library to schedule. * (K-5)

Tuesday, July 28 SRP Wrap Up – Prizes chosen randomly on July 29. Winners will be contacted by email.

Going Stir Crazy and Need More Books!

The library has lots to offer during this time of uncertainty. If your child has a school library card with us you may email and we will provide you with their number and pin so that you may access all of the digital materials we have to offer. Also there are many other digital resources available through the libraries website on our e-resources page.

Extended Children’s Resources

TumbleBooks is offering their collections for free until August 2020. for Primary Students

Helping your student with a project or report? Check out this database of information that is specifically designed for your child. Click here to go to this database.

Novelist K-8 Plus

Trying to find just that right title that you can’t put down or just the next book in your favorite series. Click here.



FREE eBooks and eAudio Books with Digital Downloads

Find your favorite authors here and download to your phone, tablet, iPod or computer.



World Book: Early World of Learning

An online resource for preschoolers and early elementary grade students. It can be used on any device that connects to the internet, but is optimized for use on an iPad. Early World of Learning includes three interactive learning environments:

  • Trek’s Travels – narrated stories, interactive games, and original videos that teach critical early childhood themes, including numbers, shapes, colors, opposites, and more.
  • Welcome to Reading –  practice to develop and strengthen phonics, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, and comprehension skills.
  • Know It – a visual interactive encyclopedia that will captivate early learners with non-fiction topics of interest and importance to them.

Reading Round the Clock

Reading can happen anytime, anywhere!  And you and your children can explore the joy of reading together with this series of “Reading ‘Round the Clock” flyers and videos that gives easy tips for working reading practice into everyday activities. INFOhio developed them in partnership with the State Library of Ohio, Ohio Educational Library Media Association, and the Ohio PTA, and they are available to all Ohioans for free download. So take a look for great tips on keeping your family reading and preparing your children for Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee.

Reading on the Screen from TRUE Studios on Vimeo.

Reading for a Purpose from TRUE Studios on Vimeo.

Reading on the Go from TRUE Studios on Vimeo.


Ellison Dies Available for Use

These dies and machine are available for anyone 12 and older to use during library hours. Bring your own paper, make something special!

For a full list of available dies, please click here: Alexandria_Ellison_Dies.


ABC Mouse! is an educational website for young children that provides online learning activities for 2-6 year old children at preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten levels.