Summer Reading Program 2020

Imagine Your Story

Welcome to this year's Copper Queen Library Summer Reading Program, "Imagine Your Story!"  This summer, we're doing things a little differently:  To make sure that everyone stays safe and healthy, we are offering a Summer Reading Subscription where participants can register for weekly mailings of books, family activity program guides, and other reading incentives.  We are really excited to offer this program and encourage you to complete the online registration for each of your children.  This program serves children ages 0 - 18. 

Click here to complete the online registration

SRP Subscription
"Hi everyone, its Jason from the Copper Queen Library!   I just wanted to say hello and say how much we miss you all here at the Main Library in Old Bisbee and the Annex in San Jose.  I want to encourage all of you to register for this year's Summer Reading Program so that you can receive weekly packages from us in the mail that will include all sorts of fun books and activities to keep you entertained this summer.  I also want to ask each of you to share some the library projects you complete this summer on our Summer Reading Blog that we created just for you!  This way, we can keep in touch with each other and see what everyone does over the next couple months.  From all of us at the CQL -- Alison, Kathy, Samantha and Damaris -- Happy Summer!"
SRP Blog 2
Patrons are encouraged to share their summers with all of our Summer Reading Participants to our Summer Reading Blog.  Each week, the Library will be sending out books and programs guides full of writing and drawing activities that you can upload to the blog.  We'll start with uploading short introductions of ourselves and go from there!  Participants can upload writing samples or photographs that will help chronicle our summer in Bisbee together. 

Preschool Virtual Programs Logo
Check out the Library's YouTube Channel for virtual library programs including Story Time from our Early Literacy Coordinator Samantha Goerlich who will be recording weekly preschool story times each week from the San Jose Annex.  Also look for special guests including Sonia Allen, Bisbee's fitness guru, who will be incorporating exercise and movement into her preschool story times. 

Youth Freewrite
Youth FreeWrite is a creative writing class taught by Alison Williams and Gretchen Hill.  The class is open to participants between the ages of 8 and 18.  This year, the class will be facilitated online using emails and zoom meetings.  If you are interested in taking this class, please be sure to include it when you register for the Summer Reading Program.

Schedule of Events

Each week, participants will receive a package from the Copper Queen Library in the mail, which will include books, reading incentives, and program activity guides.  The Library will also be sending out our Summer Reading Weekly eNewsletter that will contain even more ideas for activities that you can do at home and in your neighborhood.  Check out the schedule below!

Week 1 : Tell Your Story

Our first week of SRP will include a blank journal for you to tell your own story.  You can use it to keep a journal, create fictional stories, or to tell your story through drawings and sketches.  Our activity guide will help you get started with writing tips and prompts.

Week 2 : Biography Project

This week will include activities to write a biography on one of your family members or friends and will include tips on interviewing someone with sample questions.  Participants will also be encouraged to create their family tree and learn about their family's history here in Bisbee and beyond!

Week 3 : Draw Your Story

Week 3 will be all about art!  Participants will receive a blank book that they can use to draw and create art that tells their own story.  Our activity guide will include tips on creating self-portraits, as well as creating the perfect still-life that you can create with items around your house and yard.

Week 4 : Geography of You

This week will give participants the opportunity to explore their neighborhood by creating a map of all your favorite places and maybe some new places that you would like to discover.  Participants will be encouraged to create some magical places as well ... like the secret castle that may just live down the street from you!

Week 5 : Imagine Your Home

This week will include age-appropriate scavenger hunt ideas to explore your home and outdoor spaces to see the world in a new way.  Find new and surprising things all around you!  And remember to share some of those things on our Summer Reading Blog!

Week 6 : Imagine Another World

This week will include world-building activities for you to create your own fantasy world.  What would you imagine if you were in charge of the universe?  Participants will be encouraged to create characters and language and make magical creatures!

Week 7 : Imagine Your History

This week will include a blank newspaper for you to write the news.  Become a journalist and help record the world around you.  Activities will include tips on writing your own history, local history, and what it means to live through history.

Week 8 : Imagine Your Party

Our last week is always a party, and we want to help you make your own!  A picnic planning guide with ideas and recipes will help make the end of summer fun.  Participants are encouraged to share some of their favorite foods and recipes on our blog.