Over 5,000 Books Read so Far in the Library Summer Reading Program

The Goleta Valley Library & Santa Ynez Valley Libraries Virtual Summer Reading Program is now underway and it’s not too late to join! More than 800 readers have registered, and so far as a community we have read more than 5,300 books together! The Summer Reading Program is open for all ages and runs from now through Saturday, August 1. This year’s program is completely online, but readers can participate in many of the same aspects of the program they’ve enjoyed for years, including logging books to earn prizes, reporting on their reading, and watching live shows. Sign up today at http://goletavalleylibrary.beanstack.org.

Exciting news this summer is that instead of using paper logs to track books you’ve read, readers have access to Beanstack, a premier online platform where you can log books and complete fun activities to earn exciting digital badges. Participants can sign up at http://goletavalleylibrary.beanstack.org or download the Beanstack app from either the iTunes Store or the Google Play Store. The app is built specifically for mobile devices and even has the capability to scan book ISBNs for quick and easy logging. Prizes from generous local sponsors will be mailed to youth and teen readers once they log a specified numbers of books, and they will even have a chance to win grand prize drawings at the end of the program! Adults who participate in the Adult Summer Reading Program will be entered for a chance to win several prize drawings throughout the summer.

Traditionally, one of the most special and memorable parts of the Summer Reading Program has been the opportunity for young readers to report on the books they’ve read to the fantastic Teen Volunteers who spend their summers at the library earning community service hours. Because the library’s volunteer program is on pause during the closure, this year’s readers will have the opportunity to request a phone call from a librarian at the Goleta, Solvang or Buellton branches to report on their reading.

Teens in search of volunteer opportunities can still earn community service hours by submitting book reviews that will be posted on the library website. Plus, Goleta Valley Library is excited to launch its first-ever Teen Graphic Novel Book Club, which will meet virtually once a month and will focus on exploring the incredible genre of graphic novels. More information on Teen Volunteer Opportunities can be found here, and details about the Teen Graphic Novel Book Club can be found here.

Throughout the summer, members of the community will be able to tune in via the libraries’ Facebook pages to attend over a dozen live-streamed shows by treasured Summer Reading performers. Performances will include concerts, magic shows, puppet and marionette shows, zoo animals, bubble shows, and more! Details about this summer’s virtual performances can be found on the library Events Calendar

Helping community members of all ages get excited about reading is one of the main goals of the Summer Reading Program. Research consistently shows that young people who read over vacations from school demonstrate a much better chance of staying at grade level or even improving their reading skills between school years. Adults who set aside time to read enjoy the many benefits of reading, including stress relief, increased knowledge, and improved memory. During this challenging time, we hope that the Goleta Valley Library & Santa Ynez Valley Libraries Summer Reading Program is a source of enrichment, excitement, and resiliency for our communities.

The Goleta Valley Library & Santa Ynez Valley Libraries would like to express their sincere thanks to their very generous local sponsors, including Bennett’s Toys & Educational Materials, Birkholm’s Bakery, Blenders in the Grass, The Book Loft, California Pizza Kitchen, Chipotle, Chomp!, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Elverhoj Museum of History & Art, Gino’s Pizza, Golf N Stuff, Island Burgers, Kyle’s Kitchen, Los Arroyos, Mystic Merchant, Nathalie’s Dollhouse, Natural Café, Neighbor Tim’s BBQ, New Frontiers Natural Market, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Old Town Coffee, Pattibakes, Pizza Hut, Pollofino, Samsara Wine Co., Santa Barbara Axxess, Santa Barbara Chicken Ranch, Solvang Bakery, South Coast Railroad Museum, Space VR, Stuart C. Gildred YMCA, Tower Pizza, and Woodstock’s Pizza, as well as our literacy partners Ingeborg’s Danish Chocolate and the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum & Parks-Janeway Carriage House.

The 2020 Virtual Summer Reading Program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Goleta Valley Library, the Friends of the Solvang Library, and the Friends of the Buellton Library.

For more information on programs at the library, visit www.GoletaValleyLibrary.org.

Pictured: Youth summer reading prizes