The Summer Reading Games are here! Between now and August 1, you can register on Beanstack and play online. There's an app too! Read for fun and complete activities to earn badges and tickets for prize drawings. Activities like this origami bear!

Check out these instructions and follow along with the video to create your own origami bear. After you've made your bear, hang it in your window for others to see. When you go for a walk, look for bears in other people's windows too. How many bears can you find on your bear hunt?

Need some book suggestions to jumpstart your summer reading journey? Children’s Services staff have put together two lists of recommended reads! Revisit classic fairy tales, nursery rhymes, legends, myths, and folktales or imaginative retellings of them with titles from the Imagine Your Story list. You can also try the colorful and imaginative picture books from the Imagine Your Story with Picture Books list! But you don’t have to stick to physical books––magazines, eBooks, audiobooks, and comic books all count too

Don’t forget to log your minutes as you read! This year there is a community-wide reading goal of 200,000 minutes in honor of the Library’s 200th birthday. If the milestone is reached, the Friends of the Monroe County Public Library will donate $2,000 to the Hoosier Hills Food Bank!

Origami Bear Instructions