Our Summer Reading Challenge for 2020 — "Reading Takes You Places" — is almost over, but guess what? Even if you haven't participated yet, there's still time left to join the challenge! And guess what else? It's super easy. Have you read anything this summer? Well then, you're eligible. There's still time to log each minute you've read between June 15th and August 15th. One minute read counts toward one point in our system. Reach 1000 points and you'll receive a digital certificate saying you completed our 2020 Summer Reading Challenge. That's just 17 minutes of reading for every day of our challenge! Have you done that? You're already there, so log those points!
And just how do you log those minutes read? This year, the Library is using a new software called READSquared that allows patrons to track their Summer Reading participation. Through READSquared, we have participation levels for all ages. It's super easy to sign up online at ohiocountylibrary.readsquared.com or download the READsquared app at the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. Collect points for reading and completing activities. Log your minutes read to earn cool prizes! For full details on signing up, download a 2020 OCPL Summer Reading booklet.
Our online Summer Reading programs for kids may have finished yesterday, but all the places we've traveled around the world this summer (Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, Antarctica, South America, and back) are still available online. You can watch them all on our Story Time Online: Reading Takes You Places web page or through the "Reading Takes You Places" playlist on the OCPL Kids YouTube Channel. And remember, these programs count toward your child's READSqaured minutes! Log each one of these programs your kids watched in their account on READSquared.
Following our Summer Reading series, regular Story Times and Toddler Times will start soon. Stayed tuned for upcoming details and subscribe to our OCPL Kids! YouTube Channel or like our Facebook Page Ohio County Public Library Kid’s Page to receive notifications on upcoming online programs.
Our Summer Reading series for Adults — People's University Online: Around the World in Literature and Language — has come to an end. Thank you all who tuned in and asked our instructors very thoughtful and insightful questions. For those of you who missed these classes, it's not too late to view them. All the classes in this series are available on our People's University YouTube Channel, the People's U Facebook Page, or the People's U Online: Around the World in Lit & Langauge OCPL website page. Still want to read the books? View all of our recommended reading for the summer on our blog page.
The Library's Summer Reading Finale for adults took place, Thursday, Aug. 6 at 6:30 pm. Dr. David Javersak hosted our Summer Reading World Geography Bee featuring questions inspired, in part, by the Around the in Literature and Language World People’s University series. Congratulations to our 2020 Champions: 1st place - Dave Rinn; 2nd Place - Becky Szabo; and 3rd Place - Michael Borsuk. And thanks to all that participated - we had such a fun night.
People's University "Around the World in Literature and Language" may have just wrapped up, but we already have a new series planned for you. Just in time to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment which prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex (ratified August 18, 1920), we will launch the 30th installment in our People's University Series: "The Struggle for Women's Rights."
A look back at history shows that women have made great strides in the fight for equality, including women’s suffrage and inroads in equal opportunity in the workplace and education. Despite the tremendous progress made in the struggle for equality, women still face barriers to equal participation in society. In this six-class series, we will take a broad look back at the history of women's rights. We'll learn about powerful women of the past and the roles some of our founding mothers played in our own country's development, explore the suffrage movement on a local and national scale, and finally take a look at current legislation and issues women still deal with today.
People's University: "The Struggle for Women's Rights" will be broadcast live online, Thursday nights from 6:30 pm to 8 pm on YouTube Live and Facebook Live starting August 20th and running through September 27th. Click here to view the full schedule and class details or visit our online calendar of events.