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Local Libraries Get Wild With Summer Reading Programs

EC, CF, Menomonie, and Altoona public libraries launch summer programs

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library

June 1-Aug. 14 

Take a walk on the wild side with this year’s children’s summer reading program at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire, “Bookish Beasts.” Beginning June 1, youth ages 0 to 18 can earn prizes this summer by reading and completing a handful of activities. Pick up or print out a physical reading log, or check out Beanstack and get reading before the end date on Aug. 14! Don’t forget to also check out the library’s awesome summer programming, including virtual cooking classes, take-home craft bags, and Elephant and Piggie book club – based on the hit children’s book series Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems.

Check out this fun video the youth services department made announcing their reading program:  

For more information, visit ecpubliclibrary.info. Questions? Call (715) 839-5007 or email ysstaff@eauclaire.lib.wi.us.


Menomonie Public Library

June 1-Aug. 13 

Summer fun is for everyone at the Menomonie Public Library’s summer reading program, which offers a virtual reading program through Beanstack beginning June 1 and concluding on Aug. 16. Also this summer, be sure to check out the library’s Music Over Menomin summer concert series every Thursday in July at 7pm. For more information, visit menomonielibrary.org.  


Chippewa Falls Public Library

June 7-July 3

Check out this adventurous virtual summer reading program, including four weeks of on-demand comedy shows, crafts, recipes, children’s book, author interviews, guest performers, contests, games, and more! Visit chippewafallslibrary.org for more information soon. 


Altoona Public Library

June 7-July 31

Enjoy tales (about tails?) at the Altoona Public Library’s virtual summer reading program for kids, teens, and adults from June 7-July 31. Sign up via Beanstack, or grab paper copies at the library starting on June 7. The program includes guessing game challenges, picture puzzles, literacy extension programs, and challenges to log weekly reading goals for a chance to win some pretty cool prizes. Looking for more information? Visit altoonapubliclibrary.org


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