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Shelf Talk 8: Summer Reading Part 2

Imagine your story. Remember your favorite fairy tale or folktale: did you ever want to be one of those characters? Did you ever wish you could change the ending? Did you imagine yourself the hero, or identify more with the villain? Place yourself in one of the great moments in history: who would you be? Would you be an explorer, a soldier, a revolutionary, a philosopher? If you could meet one of the great figures of history and learn how the story of their life unfolded, who would you visit? If you could rewrite your own life story, what chapters would you change? If you were a child now, what would you imagine the future would hold?

For Summer Reading 2020, the Mississippi County Library System (MCLS) is asking kids across our county to Imagine Your Story. Summer Reading is usually a flurry of activity during June: each of the six MCLS branches hosts all sorts of programs and activities designed to encourage children to read and continue learning during the summer.

This year, the activities have moved to a virtual environment, with an emphasis on the Imagine Your Story theme. Participants can report minutes read, write book reviews, play literacy games, and complete imaginative missions in order to earn points and digital badges. Accumulate enough points to Level Up and earn a great prize to pick up at your local MCLS branch. Adults can sign up, too! See how many points you can earn and badges you can win (Level Up prizes are just for kids, though!).

Parents can register themselves and their children at or through the READsquared app (be sure to choose the Mississippi/Crittenden Regional Library). The process is simple and takes only a few minutes to complete. Once logged in, click "Log Reading" to let us know how many minutes you read each day. All reading counts: books, magazines, graphic novels, AudioBooks, and read-alouds with friends and family are all great ways to Imagine Your Story! You'll earn 1 point for every minute you read.

Another great way to earn points is with a Book Review! Tell us the title, author, what you liked or didn't like about the story, your favorite character and why, what made you laugh, what made you think...whatever you think is interesting! You'll earn 50 points for EACH accepted review!

Virtual Programs, or Missions, are great ways to use your imagination and earn more points. We’ll have a new craft mission available every Monday; pick up a Take & Make packet (containing craft supplies and instructions) during the week at your local MCLS branch. There will also be weekly online preschool story times, bed time readings, QuaranSTEAM activities, and more! Earn 50 points for each completed mission.

If digital registration isn’t your friend, swing by or call your local library for help with registration, optional sticker reading logs, and more! Starting the week of June 15th, all MCLS branches will be open! Visit us during any of the following hours to check out books, use the public computers, or get assistance with the Summer Reading program. We can’t wait to see you…Happy Reading!

Blytheville Library

Sunday 1-4

Monday & Wednesday 11-6

Tuesday & Thursday 11-4

Friday 11-5

Keiser Library

Tuesday 11-2

Saturday 10:30-1:30

Leachville Library

Tuesday 2-5

Friday 2-6

Manila Library

Monday 2-6

Wednesday 2-5

Saturday 11-1

Osceola Library

Monday 1-6

Tuesday – Friday 1-5

Saturday 10-12

Wilson Library

Monday & Friday 12:30-4:30

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