Have you marked the library’s summer reading program on your July calendar? If not, you’re missing a whole jungle’s worth of fun! Sequoyah Regional Library System’s (SRLS) animal-themed extravaganza, “Tails & Tales,” began on June 1 with a visit from the Georgia AG Experience, a mobile lab filled with STEM-based activities to teach families all about agriculture. That same week, all five SRLS libraries in Cherokee County hosted drive-through safari events featuring a variety of farm animals at the parking lots of local schools. Attendees took selfies, made their best animal sounds and registered for the summer reading program on Beanstack.
If you haven’t heard, Beanstack is an online portal on the library’s website where readers of all ages can log their summer books, the number of minutes they’ve read, receive reading recommendations, write and read book reviews, and earn rewards based on how many challenges they complete. Hear that, adults? The summer reading program isn’t just for children.
And, with the library going fine-free for summer, now’s the best time to visit the library to check out materials and make sure you have your account ready on Beanstack. Download the app, or visit sequoyahregionallibrary.beanstack.org.
Don’t worry; the library’s full schedule of free summer programming hasn’t ended yet. In July, SRLS welcomes guests from Southeast Reptile Rescue, Zoo Atlanta, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, juggler extraordinaire Adam Boehmer and more, for a month filled with animal-themed fun that won’t cost you a dime. You can reserve a spot by visiting sequoyahregionallibrary.org/srp and navigating to the word “Calendar.” Select an event you like, and click on the online program registration form. Each library in Cherokee County is offering programming, so there’s always something for you to do, no matter where you live.
Back-to-school season is coming up, and Cherokee County School District and Georgia Cyber Academy students now can use their lunch number to borrow physical and digital materials from SRLS, without the need for a library card, and without overdue fees. During the Back-to-School Gateway, parents and caregivers can enroll their student in the library’s EZ Student Access on the electronic enrollment portal on the Cherokee County School District or Georgia Cyber Academy websites. To get started, head over to sequoyahregionallibrary.org/students.
– John Rodgers is the community engagement manager for the Sequoyah Regional Library System.
Books to Calm Back-to-School Jitters
Back-to-school season seems like the most cringeworthy time of year, but it doesn’t have to be. We at Sequoyah Regional Library System have put together a list of available books that might help as we count down to August. Whether you’re nervous about your first day of school or simply hoping to hold on to some of that summer fun, we hope these books can put a smile on your face.
• “The Day You Begin” by Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López
• “First Day Jitters” by Julie Danneberg and Judy Love
• “We Don’t Eat Our Classmates” by Ryan T. Higgins
• “The 13-Story Treehouse” by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
• “Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea” by Ben Clanton
• “Hildafolk” by Luke Pearson
• “Invisible Emmie” by Terri Libenson
• “Front Desk” by Kelly Yang
• “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library” by Chris Grabenstein
• “The Best at It” by Maulik Pancholy
• “Sorcery of Thorns” by Margaret Rogerson
• “We Are Okay” by Nina LaCour