Berryville Summer Reading Program kicks off

Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Summer Reading Program participants with the help of local Kiwanis Club members are enjoying the outdoors while making bee hotels as one of the many activities offered at the library this summer. The Summer Reading Program is open to all ages and is offered free.
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“With over 500 participants already registered for this year’s Summer Reading Program, it feels great to see things at the Berryville Library returning somewhat back to normal,” said library director Julie Hall.

The Reading Gone Wild! Summer Reading Program began June 7 and will go through July 30. The Squires family issued a challenge to our community that for every hour read by July 30, they will donate $1 to the Berryville Library Building Fund up to $15,000. To date, more than 5,000 hours have been logged and 10,000 or more hours are needed to be read in July.

“The library is such an essential part of a community for so many reasons, and our family is happy to support the Summer Reading Program and the Building Project in this way,” said Tyler Squires.

The Summer Reading program is free and designed for children, teens and adults. The program offers fun challenges, such as finding buried treasures while keeping away the jungle creatures. Thanks to area businesses, food prize coupons are available for all participants reaching certain reading goals. The Kiwanis Club of Berryville has volunteered to help with some of the outdoor activities and children who complete the reading challenge will earn a free one-day pass to the Kiddie Korral at the 35th Annual Berryville Ice Cream Social.

It’s not too late to sign up. Paper log sheets are available for pick up at the library or you can download a free app on your smartphone, tablet or computer and register to participate in the Berryville Public Library Reading Gone Wild! Challenge. Once registered, minutes of reading can be logged easily, and all minutes logged will be counted toward the overall goal of 15,000 hours. Audiobooks and reading to others also count as minutes of reading. Even browsing social media minutes can be counted!

Participants don’t have to reside locally for their reading hours to count. Readers are encouraged to download the app and participate from anywhere and help raise money to build our new library.

For more information on this year’s program, contact or stop by the library at 104 Spring St. in Berryville or call 870-423-2323. All ages are encouraged to participate and help raise needed funds for the new library.

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