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Library’s Summer Reading Club has “Oceans of Possibilities”

The Washington County Free Library’ s Summer Reading Club is underway with an ocean of possibilities.

“Oceans of Possibilities” is the theme for the 2022 version of the annual club, which began June 1.

Hancock Veterans Memorial Library will hold local events as part of the countywide reading club. The local kick-off for the summer reading event is set to be held today, June 29.

Registration is still ongoing and can be done at

There are four challenge groups – Early Literacy (0-5), Children’s (6-10), Teen (11-18), and Adult (18+).

With the Early Literacy Challenge, parents or guardians can log minutes they read to their little ones to win them prizes and is a great “oppor-tuna-ty” to give them an early love of reading.

In the Children’ s Challenge, kids 6 to 10 years of age can join the reading frenzy and “chew” book they’ll love to read and earn prizes as well. They can also unlock activity badges by completing activities and attending programs.

For the Teen Challenge, kids 11 to 18 can read books to win prizes. They can also complete activities and attend programs to unlock badges. Along the way they can collect their prizes and be entered into raffle drawings.

As in the other challenges, the Adult Challenge rewards adults for logging in their minutes reading, attending programs, and completing online challenges to win prizes.

Beanstack, the platform the library has their login and tracking, helps educators, librarians, families, and teams

read more by creating, promoting, participating in and gaining insights from reading challenges.

The Beanstack Tracker is available in the Apple App Store or Google Play store.

Hancock ocean program

The Hancock Veterans Memorial Library will host “Science in the Library: Oceanography” on Tuesday, July 12 and Wednesday, July 13 as part of the reading club theme.

Children from second to sixth grade age are welcome to attend. Families should register ahead of time.

“Children entering grades 2-6 are welcome to join the Washington County libraries to explore the magical world of oceans. They will “dive in” and participate in fun, hands-on science activities and lessons dealing with

salinity and water density, ocean layers and some ocean creatures. W e will be immersed in the ocean environments and all the curious topics about the underwater world,” organizers have promised.

Sign up online, or call the Hancock Branch Library at 301-678-5300 for this two-day program.

A signed liability form must be received before the beginning time of the first day of the program. You may pick a form up at the Hancock library, or arrive at least 15 minutes early to fill one out.

The class will start at the scheduled time – students that arrive late or don’t have a liability form filled out before the beginning of the class will be unable to participate.