Keeping the kids reading: A list of summer library programs in Long Beach

School’s out for the summer, but coronavirus restrictions may change the way summer break plays out for kids and teens.

To keep them entertained, the Long Beach Public Library service is hosting a wide array of online summer programs from video-game programming to podcast shows.

Summer Reading Club

This Saturday, the Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover! reading program will kick off on Facebook Live and will last through July 25. Participants can track their progress and earn badges and initiatives.

The live event will feature comedy and magic shows. Every week, the program will highlight different events such as Craft Tuesdays, Podcast Wednesdays, Teen Thursdays, Storytime Fridays and Science Saturdays to spice things up.

Those interested can register for the reading club here.

LBPL To-Go

The Michelle Obama, Mark Twain, Bay Shore and Billie Jean King Main libraries will host contact-less delivery services for books and DVDs for library cardholders starting June 23.

Make.Create.Design: Video Games!

If Fortnite has the kids wanting to know more about video games, then this might be the program for them.

From June 30 to Aug. 6, 7th through 12th graders will have the opportunity to learn what it takes to make a video game, including game design, storytelling, programming and music.

The program is free, and gives participants access to video-game industry experts to ask questions.

Online Book Club

The LBPL partnered with the online book app Overdrive to host free e-books and audiobooks for library cardholders. In addition, the program will launch a discussion webpage where librarians go in-depth on the books and the authors.

Short Histories of Long Beach Podcast

What’s being touted as “not your grandmother’s podcast,” the Short Histories of Long Beach podcast will explore the bizarre stories that helped shape Long Beach into what it is today.

LBPL’s Special Collection Librarian Jeff Whalen will host each episode and invite other library staff members to discuss the community’s local history.

Teen Journal Project

Covid-19 has triggered a pandemic not seen in recent history, the LBPL wants teens to tell their stories of how they lived through it.

The project would be archived on the library’s digital archive and made publicly accessible. The program gives young adults the chance to take part in historical documentation and approach it in creative ways.

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