This year’s Summer Reading Program (SRP) looked a little different than usual at OPL. The SRP theme was “Imagine Your Story,” and with libraries closed all summer, a healthy dose of imagination was certainly helpful, as SRP took place largely online. As always, all ages were invited to read or listen to a book for 10 hours between June 1 and July 31 to be eligible for prizes. Kids, teens and adults who completed their summer reading goals claimed their rewards at OPL curbside pick-up locations.
The hundreds of free, educational and entertaining programs that typically take place at OPL branches and out and about in the community each summer were presented virtually this year through pre-recorded presentations, live stream, or Zoom. OPL welcomed many familiar friends like scientist Dr. Oxygen, Jeff Quinn the magician, educators from Papio NRD and Wildlife Encounters, and more. Of course, there were plenty of live storytimes with children’s librarians from OPL, too.
Overall, 8,641 people participated in SRP, logging 103,012 hours of reading this summer! Thank you to SRP presenting sponsor, the Richard Brooke Foundation, and many other generous sponsors who helped make the program possible. OPL is beyond grateful for their commitment to summer reading success in our community, no matter the circumstances.