Spring into Summer Reading: Library Launches Annual Reading Challenge Early to Support At-Home Learning

Friday, April 24, 2020

​Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) kicked off one of its most beloved annual programs early this year to support families searching for fresh ways to keep children engaged while learning from home due to the coronavirus. Registration is open now for VBPL's Summer Reading Challenge (SRC). The program is usually offered in June, coinciding with the end of the school year. The goal is to encourage children and teens to read for pleasure in order to help prevent "summer slide," the loss of skills that can occur during summer break.

"With Virginia Beach children out of their physical classrooms now, we decided to launch the program early to support virtual learning," said Katie Cerqua, VBPL youth and family services manager. "Children and teens can earn incentives for achieving reading goals. They can read whatever they like in print or digital formats, including books, comic books and magazines – it all counts."

VBPL typically offers engaging programming at the library branches, too. While library buildings are closed, families can find virtual programs for all ages at www.VBgov.com/library-events

Cerqua offers these tips to help keep children reading and on the path to success:  

  • Establish a regular reading time.
  • Set a realistic goal of reading for 20 minutes a day.
  • Let your child choose their own books to read.
  • Read together.
  • Be a model reader: make sure your child sees you reading for pleasure!

VBPL's annual Summer Reading Challenge is made possible through continued funding from the Friends of the Virginia Beach Public Library and Virginia Beach Library Foundation. Visit www.VBgov.com/SRC to register and participate.

About Virginia Beach Public Library
Virginia Beach Public Library includes a central library, a joint-use library in partnership with Tidewater Community College, seven area libraries and a public law library. Services include workforce development and job-search support, small business resources, computer and technology classes, early literacy classes and outreach, and local history archives and programs. In addition to books, music, magazines and movies in tangible and digital formats, the library provides online research tools accessible from home or work, and a variety of specialty collections. Visit www.VBgov.com/libraries for more information.

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