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The Summer Reading Program is intended to encourage reading throughout the break from structured classroom instruction.  The program will include reading activities, special productions, crafts, digital learning and games.  In an effort to make the program accessible to all children in Randolph County, we have decided to make activities available during all library hours, and open to all ages.

Prizes will be awarded periodically throughout the Summer Break, and a celebration is planned for all participants just before their return to school.

​We hope you will join us for the following weeks' UNIVERSE OF STORIES!

More about the 2019 Summer Reading Program

Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program encourages reading, investigation, creativity, and learning through reading activities, craft-making, and imaginative programs. 

The Elkins-Randolph County Public Library invites you to follow these steps to be rewarded with improved studies, quality family time, prizes, and interactive fun for the whole summer! 

Free to Children of All Ages! 

An Open-House Style reading program that lets you attend during any regular library hours!

May 21

Pick up your Libraries Rock BINGO Card at the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library or at your school. 

June 8: Pick up a copy of the Teen Summer Reading Book: Adaptation by Malinda Lo.

June 10-15

Star Wars vs Star Trek!  We are blasting off into outer space right away with everything fun from both amazing stories!

BONUS!  June 8, 12-4:00 p.m.:  Kickoff Summer Reading at our Star Wars Cantina party at the library! Come in COSTUME and get an Extra Prize Drawing Entry!4-5:00 p.m. Cantina Party for Rising High School Freshmen-Seniors ONLY!

June 17-22

Men In Black/Area 51 Week!  Universe of Stories explores Men In Black theories and the mysteries around Area 51.  Learn about Gray Barker, a WV author who invented the MIB Theory! 

Bonus Activity: Tuesday, June 18, 6:00 p.m.: Attend a presentation by Archivist Catherine Norko and learn about Gray Barker's life, his books, and the hoax that started it all!  Attendance gets another entry into weekly prize drawing.

June 24-29

Astrology and Constellation Week!  Check out the stars, learn about your sign, and find out the history of constellations and when they appear.  

Bonus Activity:  Saturday, June 29, Noon to 4:00 p.m.: StarLab will be set up at the YMCA!  Stop in this Planetarium for an out of this world experience! Get a tour of our solar system and be entered for an extra chance to win weekly prize drawing!

July 1-6

Journey to Mars Week!  Learn about our closest neighbor, the race to land on Mars, what it's like on the red planet and more! 

Bonus Activity: Tuesday, July 2, 6:00 p.m.  No Place Like Space Workshop!  Help us extend greetings to Martian friends.  Join us in your jammies for a Martian bedtime story and make a stuffed Martian friend of your own! Your Martian will spend the night in the library to learn about life on Earth, and you pick your space buddy up on July 3 to take home forever.  PRE-REGISTRATION is REQUIRED for this event!  Registration will be announced on Facebook.

July 8-13

Solar System  Week!  Make your own mini-solar system, learn about the planets, the sun, and how many rings are around Saturn!  

Bonus Activity: TBA

July 15-20

To The Moon Week!  Universe of Stories narrows its scope to our Moon! Learn about the great Space Race, the landing on the moon, phases of the moon and listen to Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon.

Bonus Activity: TBA  

July 22-27

NASA Week!  Learn about Astronauts, rocket science, space missions and more.

Bonus Activity: Tuesday, July 23, 3:00-4:30 p.m.  Visit With Solar Ambassador Josh Revels for Sunny Snacks and Solar Observations, presentation on NASA and a Star Party!  Attendance gains extra entry into weekly prize drawings.

July 29- Aug 3
Media Martians Week!  Learn what humans think life on Mars should look like throughout the ages.  Meet Mork from Ork, Marvin the Martian, The Coneheads, The MonStars, and more!  

Bonus Activity: Thursday, August 1, 6:00 p.m. Watch SPACE JAM with us!  Attendance gets additional entry into weekly prize drawing.  Popcorn provided! 

Universe of Stories Final Blast!

A final event will be scheduled to celebrate a Summer of Reading and our travels through the Universe!  


Are You Ready Travel the Universe?

Weekly Details Below.

Step 1:  Start with BINGO!  

Each week will have a new theme that pertains to UNIVERSE OF STORIES!  From Star Wars, Star Trek and Men In Black to NASA, the Space Race and Constellations, we challenge you complete FIVE READING ACTIVITIES prior to attending.  Turn in a completed card with one activity in each column that forms the BINGO pattern, and be entered for prizes!    Pick up the first BINGO card at the library or in school  starting May 21st, complete the activities and bring with you during the first week, June 10-17.  

Step 2:   Come On In! 

Stop in the library each week and turn in your completed BINGO card.  Then complete the activities set up throughout the library that week.  Each activity completed will enter you again for prizes.  Take a numbered card from each station to the circulation desk to enter!

Step 3:   Launch More Chances to Win with Bonus Activities! 

If you complete All the Activities, you can still get more chances to win by attending one of our weekly scheduled activities.  Each week there will a bonus that matches the theme.  Party at the Star Wars Cantina on Saturday, June 8, check out the StarLab, learn more about the WV inventor of the Men In Black theory, or join us for a stuffed alien sleepover!

Step 4:  Get Your Next Bingo Card!

Don't forget to get a BINGO Card for the next week's prize entry and activities!  That's It!  Complete the new card and come in next week when it is convenient to participate again. 

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Prize Drawings are currently scheduled for Monday morning following each week.  Prizes TBA.  Participants may enter one (1) time for prizes per activity per week.  The more you read and participate, the more you are entered to win!

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