Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, June 9, 2019.
If you grew up in Ross County, you likely have fond memories of the library’s summer reading program, Bookworm. Summer, reading, and prizes — what’s not to love? This year is the 65th anniversary of Bookworm, and although it started out just for kids, it’s open to all ages now. There are separate goals for each age level, from babies to adults, and there are reading and healthy living prizes for each group. A few things have changed for adult Bookwormers this year, so whether or not you’ve participated before, read on!
This year, the library’s partnership with Adena Health System has expanded to include a Healthy Living Challenge for adults. Adults can now earn prizes for doing healthy activities, and be entered into a grand prize drawing for a Fitbit. Track your activities on the Adena Healthy Living BINGO cards, available at the library and online at crcpl.beanstack.org. The BINGO card includes “move minutes,” because anytime you’re moving counts! Whether you’re mowing the yard, walking to the store, or anything else that’s active, keep track of those minutes. There are some suggestions for activities on the BINGO cards, and you can include those in your minute counts as well. Be sure to log your second and fifth BINGO, as well as your completed BINGO card online, then stop by the library for your prizes.
Of course it wouldn’t be a summer reading program without reading. You can also participate in the Bookworm Reading Challenge. This year, instead of tracking the number of books read, you’ll be tracking the number of minutes you spend reading. If you have kids, reading to them and letting them see you read are two good ways for you to encourage them to be lifelong readers. Minutes spent reading to yourself, listening to an audiobook, or reading to someone else all count toward your reading goal, so don’t forget to log them online, or stop by the library so we can log them for you! For every 2 hours of reading logged, you’ll be entered in our weekly drawing for reading prize packs. Once you complete 16 hours of reading (about 20 minutes per day), you’ll be entered into the grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire.
One of the Adena Healthy Living BINGO squares asks you to “attend an event at the library.” You can find the complete list, as well as sign up to receive our Adult Events Newsletter, at crcpl.org/events, but here are a few highlights. There will be gardening classes in our teaching garden at Main Library throughout the summer. The OSU Extension Office will be offering free cooking classes at Huntington Branch, and a freezer jam class at Main Library. The library will welcome Daniel Skinner and Berkeley Franz, editors of the book Not Far from Me: Stories of Opioids and Ohio to lead a community conversation about the opioid crisis on July 16 at the Main Library Annex. Since July 20 marks the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, there will be a story sharing event that day. You are invited to come be part of these and other events at the library.