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Summer Reading - Children
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Summer Reading 2023

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Want to learn more?
Watch the video below!

Eligibility:
        
  • Residents of North Haven – You will need to provide child’s or parent’s library card in order to join.            
  • Children of Town of North Haven employees – You will need to provide your Town I.D. number to join.            
  • Grandchildren of North Haven residents – You will need to provide your grandparent’s library card to join.            
  • Non-Resident North Haven public school students – You will need to provide child’s or parent’s library card from your home library in order to join.

How to Participate:

Children entering Kindergarten through 5th grade must register using North Haven Library’s app Beanstack. Registration begins on June 1st, but reading and logging starts on June 20th through July 28th. 
If you have any questions, a staff member in the Children's Department will be happy to help you.

 

 

 

 

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Download the App

 

 

Programs:
Rubber Ducky Club 2023 for Ages 0-4 (see below Prize Shop for more info)
Children's Summer Reading 2023 for children e
ntering Kindergarten through 12 years in September 2023 

Children's Summer Reading Club for Kindergarten - 12 years

The Rules are Simple:

  1. Create an account with or log into our free Beanstack app. All Summer Reading will be logged through this app, this year we will not have any paper logs.

  2. Starting on June 20th, read for 20 minutes a day, every day for 30 days. Be sure to log your reading into your Beanstack account.

  3. Visit the library to play our life-sized, interactive pirate-themed game. You will play one station for each day that you have read 20 minutes or more.

  4. You will earn coins and mini prizes along the way by unlocking badges. You will be able to collect your mini prize any time after you've unlocked them. You will save your coins and spend them at our prize shop starting July 31st @ 10:30am through August 5th @ 12:30pm. The prize shop will close promptly at 12:30 on Saturday, August 5th, so be sure to stop in before then.

*You must unlock your badges by the last day, July 28th before 4 P.M. After that date, you will not be able to unlock any more badges.

Prize Shop days/hours

Located at the Children's Circulation Desk

Monday, July 31st 10:30am – 7:30pm

Tuesday, August 1st 10:30am – 5:30pm

Wednesday, August 2nd 10:30am – 5:30pm

Thursday, August 3rd 10:30am – 7:30pm

Friday, August 4th 10:30am – 4:30pm

Saturday, August 5th 10:30am – 12:30pm

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Can I read longer than 20 minutes? Yes, but 20 minutes is all we require.


If I read 60 minutes does that count for 3 days? No, you can read for as long as you want, but it only counts for one day.

Do I have to read every day? No, but each day that you read allows you to progress one space forward. However, the only way to play the entire game and earn the most amount of points is to read all 30 days.

 

I cannot read yet. Can someone read to me? Yes. Anyone can read to you!

Do I have to read Library Books? No, you can read anything! We have a great collection for you to explore, but any reading counts.

How often should I come to the library for Summer Reading? We suggest visiting the library once a week for Summer Reading. 

What happens if I lose my reading chart? There are no reading charts this year, all Summer Reading will be logged through our app Beanstack. Please contact us for any help you need with the app.


When can I collect my prizes? You can come to the library to collect your mini prizes any time after you unlock them. You can buy your big prizes at the Prize Shop during the dates/times listed below. 

 

Prize Shop days/hours

Located at the Children's Circulation Desk

Monday, July 31st 10:30am – 7:30pm

Tuesday, August 1st 10:30am – 5:30pm

Wednesday, August 2nd 10:30am – 5:30pm

Thursday, August 3rd 10:30am – 7:30pm

Friday, August 4th 10:30am – 4:30pm

Saturday, August 5th 10:30am – 12:30pm

 

Do I have to log into the Beanstack app and log my minutes every day? No. You can if you would like (and we think that makes tracking your reading easier). However, you are able to back date your reading logs to count for a day that has already passed. So you can log your reading at any point in time. Just make sure you do your reading every day.


Is there a program for children birth to four? Yes! Check out out Rubber Ducky Club.

 

RUBBER DUCKY CLUB - Summer Reading Club for ages 0-4

The Rules are Simple:

 

This program is designed for children ages 0 to 4 to encourage life-long reading habits.
Earn digital badges and a Rubber Ducky along the way!

Children ages 0 -4 must register using North Haven Library’s app Beanstack
starting on June 20th through July 28th.
The earlier you register, the greater your chance of completing our Rubber Ducky Club Challenge.
A staff member
 in the Children's Department can help you sign up.

The Rules Are Simple:

1. Create an account with or log into our free Beanstack app. All Summer Reading will be logged through this app, this year we will not have any paper logs.

2. Starting on June 20th, choose from the library’s recommended early literacy activities, and log one 'book' for each activity completed with your child. After 10 completed activities, earn a digital badge. When 100 activities are completed, you will earn a rubber ducky! Be sure to log your activities into your Beanstack account.

3. You can collect your Rubber Ducky as soon as you unlock one. Then keep going to earn more duckies. You may log up to ten activities per day.

 

4. You must unlock your badges and Rubber Ducky prize by the last day, July 28th before 4 P.M.
After that date, you will not be able to log any more activities. Be sure to pick up your Rubber Ducky prize in the
Children’s Department before 12:30pm on Saturday, August 5th.

 

Recommended Early Literacy Activities:

  • Read a book together. Point to the pictures and name objects.

  • Ask your child questions about a story, e.g., “What happened first?”, “What will happen next?”.

  • Borrow a music CD and sing a new song.

  • Listen to a digital book via iVox by visiting northhavenlibrary.net and clicking the iVox icon.

  • Read a book before bedtime.

  • Clap or shake an instrument to a rhythm or song.

  • Let your child draw a picture and talk to them about what they drew.

  • Say and practice a finger play or nursery rhyme.

  • Sing the alphabet song together.

  • Attend a library program together.

  • Write a letter of the alphabet and show your child how to trace it with their finger.

 

You are your child’s first teacher!

 

Studies have shown that children with an environment rich in sounds and letters enter school ready to learn.

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