Begins January 4! Ages 0-10
Read and log books or audiobooks on Beanstack to receive wintry prizes! When you’ve logged 20 books, you’ve completed the challenge; receive a FREE book! Choose one of these winter-themed titles: Let It Snow! board book; Waiting for Snow picture book; Pete the Cat Snow Daze for emergent readers; The Cool Story Behind Snow, a “Science of Fun Stuff” nonfiction book for older kids; and The Story of Snow; the Science of Winter’s Wonder (also nonfiction appropriate for older kids).
Earn activity badges by completing specified winter activities. AND for each completed activity badge, earn an entry into a drawing for an Echo Glow multicolor smart lamp! The challenge runs Jan. 4 through March 31, and is for kids 10 and younger.
Begins January 4! For ages 11+
Read and log two books or audiobooks on Beanstack to receive a delightful snowflake bookmark with a silver finish and an ice-blue tassel. For each additional two books read, earn an entry into a raffle for a warm and yummy winter beverage at Red Bank Coffeehouse (in the form of a $5 gift certificate). Ten gift certificates will be awarded. Earn up to 12 entries. The challenge runs Jan. 4 through March 31, and is for readers 11 and older.
October 2020-December 2021
Woke (slang): Aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice) —Merriam-Webster
What is Read Woke? It’s a feeling. A form of education. A call to action, and our right as lifelong learners. It means arming yourself with knowledge to better protect your rights. Learning about others so you treat people with respect and dignity, no matter their religion, race, creed, or color. —Cicely Lewis
The Read Woke movement was created by Cicely Lewis, School Library Journal 2020 Librarian of the Year. To be included as suggested titles, the books must:
- Challenge a social norm
- Give voice to the voiceless
- Provide information about a group that has been disenfranchised
- Seek to challenge the status quo
- Have a protagonist from an underrepresented or oppressed group
Beginning October 19, register for the challenge on Beanstack and earn badges for reading books written by authors of various marginalized communities. For all ages!
Weekly packs resume January 18!
Fun and educational Story Time packs for you to take home! Each contains books, music suggestions, finger plays, math and science activities, and an art project. As always, our materials reinforce those five vital early literacy practices: Read, Sing, Talk, Play and Write!
An adult with a valid library card must check out packs. One per family per week while supplies last. We’ll deliver curbside. (Geared for ages six and younger)
Biweekly packs resume January 18!
Take a break from the virtual world! These screen-free activities give you and your school-age kids the opportunity to reconnect, refresh and refocus. Packs include all the supplies you’ll need to maximize the fun. The latest pack is chock-full of card games, and the pack available starting December 14 contains all the materials you need to build an elf trap! Pick them up curbside. Screen Break packs resume January 18. (Geared for school-age children)
Prizes are still available!
We are extending the deadline to use your Book Bucks to buy prizes until a month after the library building reopens. Give us a call and let us know what you would like—we’ll put your prizes aside for curbside pickup!
Our prize cart is also filled with great books for all ages. It’ll be here ready and waiting when the library building reopens, so save those summer reading challenge Book Bucks if BOOKS are your desired prizes.
Babies Bloom at the Lester Public Library
Plant the seed to your baby’s success! Believe it or not, learning to read begins at birth. Sharing books together strengthens your baby’s foundation for learning and creates a long-lasting relationship with their favorite teacher – you! Babies Bloom at the Lester Public Library encourages parents and caregivers to read 100 books to their child before the age of 1. Babies who participate in the program will receive a special bib and a record sheet to keep track of the books they read. After each milestone of 25 books, participants will receive a free book to add to their home library. Stop by the library’s Help Desk to register for the program.
Plant the seed to your child’s success! Believe it or not, learning to read begins before kindergarten. Sharing books together strengthens your child’s foundation for learning and creates a long lasting relationship with their favorite teacher-YOU! Register for the program at the Help Desk any time before your child enters 5-year-old kindergarten and receive a record sheet to keep track of the books you read. For every 100 books read you will receive a free book for your home library.