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Summer Learning

Launch Your Imagination at Cary Library!

Summer reading has a whole new look with Launch Your Imagination summer learning programs for all ages. Have fun, stay active, and keep learning all summer long by completing reading and activity challenges to earn prizes.

Programs begin June 15th and run through August 31st. The last day to claim prizes is Saturday, September 7, 2019.

EARLY LITERACY PROGRAM | K-5 PROGRAM | BEANSTACK | SUMMER LEARNING KITS READING LISTS

The Early Literacy Summer Program is for infants through preschoolers. If your child will be entering Kindergarten through 5th grade in the fall, please enroll in the K-5 Summer Program. Students entering 6th - 12th grades may participate in the teen Summer Bucket List program.

Launch Your Imagination is sponsored by The Friends of Cary Memorial Library.

To help everyone participate in our new program, we have added puzzles, games, and Summer Learning Kits with materials and supplies for a range of activities.

Prizes are generously provided by The Friends of Cary Memorial Library and Abbott’s Frozen Custard.

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Early Literacy Summer Program

Reading preparation begins BEFORE your child starts school — it begins at birth! There are five early literacy practices that every child needs to get ready to read, listen, and write. This program is designed to encourage parents and caregivers to engage in these early literacy practices with their children all while exploring art, science, math, and more! Get ready to talk, sing, read, write, and play!

Complete any 10 of the 15 suggested activities to earn each badge and the prize that comes with it! Badges can be completed in any order, so start with what interests you most. Do one activity per week to earn one badge or one activity per day to earn all seven.

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K-5 Summer Program

Launch Your Imagination at Cary Library! Have fun, stay active, and keep learning all summer long by completing reading and activity challenges to earn prizes. Get ready to read, write, create, play, and explore math, science, music, and technology! 

Complete any 10 of the 15 suggested activities to earn each badge and the prize that comes with it! Badges can be completed in any order, so start with what interests you most. Do one activity per week to earn one badge or one activity per day to earn all seven.

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Beanstack

The best way to participate in Launch Your Imagination is through Beanstack, our online tracker.

Already have a Beanstack account? Great! Be sure to update everyone’s grades and ages, and then enroll your readers in the 2019 summer programs for which they are eligible. Not sure? Call or visit the library to avoid creating a duplicate account.

GETTING STARTED WITH BEANSTACK

  1. Go to carylibrary.beanstack.org
  2. Scroll down the page and click on the “Register an Individual or Family” button.
  3. Follow the prompts to create an account. Multiple readers may be registered within the same account so each child’s activities can be tracked separately.
  4. When entering information, be sure to include the grade each child will be entering in the fall.
  5. After the first child is entered, the program will ask if you wish to register another child. Click yes until each child has a profile in Beanstack.

REGISTERING FOR THE SUMMER PROGRAM

  1. Go to carylibrary.beanstack.org
  2. Scroll down, click on “Sign in Here”, and sign in.
  3. In the upper left corner of the page, you’ll see which account you are currently viewing. To change to a different reader, click on the reader’s name and select “Change Readers”.
  4. Choose the reader you wish to register. Returning users, click “Edit Reader” to update grade level to the grade each child will be entering in the fall.
  5. You will see a list of programs for which your child may be eligible. Choose the appropriate program(s) and click the “Register” button. If you are not interested in participating in one or more of the offered programs, click “Not Interested”.
  6. Repeat for any additional children.
LOGGING ACTIVITIES
  1. Sign into your account at carylibrary.beanstack.org
  2. In the upper left corner of the page, you’ll see which account you are currently viewing. To change to a different reader, click on the reader’s name and select “Change Readers”.
  3. You will see the program(s) for which the child is registered.
  4. Click “Return to this Program”
  5. Scroll down or click the “Activity Badges” tab to see the available badges.
  6. Click each badge to see its suggested activities.
  7. For each activity completed, click the check box or fill in the text answer as required.

EARNING BADGES AND PRIZES

Children earn badges when they complete any 10 of the suggested 15 activities. When earned, badges will appear on their account. Badges that have not yet been earned will appear grayed out. When a prize is earned, you will be notified both within the program, and by email. Come in to the library to redeem your prize!

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Summer Learning Kits

By providing diverse opportunities for learning and engagement, the Summer Learning Kits complement the Cary Memorial Library’s mission to ignite curiosity, facilitate lifelong learning, and connect our community.

Kits must be checked out and returned at the Cary Memorial Library Children's Room, and may be requested by Lexington residents. Kits circulate for 2 weeks ($1.00/day overdue). 

Patrons who borrow a Kit agree to abide by the Cary Memorial Library’s Guidelines for Borrowing and Use. Further information about our collection of non-traditional items can be found in the Library of Things Collection Development Policy.

Reserve Summer Learning Kits through the links below. 

For more, please visit our Library of Things. These Things must be checked out and returned at the Library's Adult Services Desk.

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Reading Lists

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