The 2021-22 school year is officially over, but that doesn’t mean learning has to.
On Wednesday, the Loveland Public Library kicked off its “Mountains of Possibilities” summer learning program amid a bustling crowd of families.
“Today has been a very busy day for registrations,” said Monique Ramos, assistant director of children’s services at the library. “I think we are already up to 200 people registered this morning. We are super excited. I think people are also very excited to resume summer learning.
Like traditional summer library programs, reading is an integral part of “Mountains of Possibility,” and participants will receive prizes for reaching their reading goals.
But in recognition of nearly two years of disrupted class time, this year’s curriculum offers self-paced goals for students to set.
For students under 10, library staff recommend 40 reading days over the two-month program, but the priority is to make summer reading and learning fun, Ramos said.
“You can go down to 20 days, if that’s more the pace you want to be at, or, if you want a bit more of a challenge, you can go up to 60 days, which is about read all the days. this summer.”
Riverview School students Easton and Logan Klinger are two of those with summer reading goals. They came with their mother Kelsie to enroll in the program for the first time. Easton, who just finished freshman grade, was on the lookout for books featuring Junie B. Jones, while his older brother Logan, a rising fifth-grader, picked out a pile of non-fiction titles starring featuring reptiles and dinosaurs.
“I’m really excited to do it this year,” said Riverview kindergarten teacher Kelsie Klinger. “What a fun thing to get us into a reading routine and build our reading skills.”
For students who prefer other types of learning challenges, “Mountains of Possibilities” also offers points and prizes for completing “create” or “explore” challenges, such as creating sidewalk art, volunteering in the community or using the library’s Makerspace Lab. . There’s also a “Where in the World” contest that invites participants to take a cartoon “flat dragon” with them on travel adventures and then share photos with the library.
Prizes for completing reading challenges and goals include books, stickers, and food stamps. Some restaurants and stores around Loveland also offer discounts to program participants and library patrons.
The library also has a full list of appearances, activities and workshops planned for the summer, including weekly “fun” events on Thursday afternoons. There are also outdoor storytimes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and a “Meet Your College” series for high school students.
The public is invited to a launch party to celebrate the launch of “Mountains of Possibilities” on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on the lawn of the library. There will be free refreshments and an acrobat show. At 8:30 p.m., the city’s Movies in the Park event kicks off with a screening of “Onward” at Civic Center Park.
“Mountains of Possibilities” is free to play and runs until July 31. For more details, visit www.lovelandpubliclibrary.org/events/summer-learning-program.