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The Summer Reading Program at the Southwest Georgia Regional Library has begun! The program is for all ages including adults, and our library will be doing reading logs online through Beanstack. You can register now on the Beanstack app on your device or on the website at swgrl.beanstack.org. For each log you complete, you get a prize and an entry for the final prize drawing. All reading logs are due no later than July 10.

Using the Beanstack App:
Download the Beanstack app on your device. When it says “Does your School, Library, or Bookstore already use Beanstack,” click “Yup!” Register for our Summer Reading Program by searching "Southwest Georgia Regional Library." On the “Sign In” page, click on “Don’t have an account? Sign up” at the bottom of the page. Fill out the registration information.

Using the Beanstack Website:
Go to swgrl.beanstack.org. Click on “Register an Individual or Family.” Fill out the registration information.

How Beanstack Works:
After you create an account on Beanstack, add all of the readers in your family of all ages. Then register the readers for the appropriate challenge. Register child readers for the "Children Summer Reading Program Log" challenge and register adult readers for "Adult Summer Reading Program Reading Log" challenge.Log your books or reading time by clicking on "Log Reading and Activities." For every 12.5 hours a child reads or 5 books an adult reads, you will receive a badge and certificate. When the library reopens to the public, come claim your prize for each completed log. Contact us at librarian@swgrl.org for help.

While the Library is ClosedYour library card still gives you access to free e-books, e-audiobooks, and e-magazines at swgrl.org/ebooks. If you do not have a library card, we can issue you a temporary digital card. To register for a card, go to gapines.org/eg/opac/register. On the Home Library section, scroll down to Southwest Georgia Regional Library and select the Decatur County Library, Miller County Library, or the Seminole County Library. Fill out the rest of the boxes and click Submit Registration at the bottom of the page. Please include your email and phone number on the registration so that we can contact you with your library card number.


The Southwest Georgia Regional Library will begin curbside service in all of our libraries on Wednesday, June 24th. This means that the library building will remain closed to the public for now, but you may request books, DVDs, and other materials and pick them up outside the library at an appointed time. You may request materials and schedule a pickup appointment by calling your library, by placing a hold through your PINES account, or by completing the online request form at swgrl.org/curbside. When you arrive at the library during the appointed time, you will call the library to let us know you’re ready for your items. A library staff member will then place your items on the table outside of the library entrance. Once the staff member is back inside the library, you may collect your items from the table. If you have any items to return, please place them in the book drop. If you need help picking which items to request, we are happy to provide suggestions over the phone or through email at librarian@swgrl.org. The library phone numbers and curbside service hours are:
Decatur County – Gilbert H. Gragg Library

Monday - Friday:                                      

9:30 am – 5:30 pm

 

Miller County – James W. Merritt, Jr. Memorial Library

Monday – Thursday:

10:30 am – 5 pm

 

Seminole County Public Library

Monday – Friday:        

10 am – 5 pm

Georgia Public Broadcasting (PBS)
Get Georgia Reading
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Bright By Text: Bright by Text is a free service that provides activities, games, and resources right to your smartphone. Messages are targeted to your child’s age and include information on child development, language and early literacy, health and safety, behavioral tips, and more. Message and data rates may apply. To get started, text GPB to 274448 or fill out this form. Subscribers can receive texts in English or Spanish.

Capstone: This publisher’s mission is to help children develop a love of reading and learning, no matter their ability level. Capstone is offering free trials for the following tools to all preschool and elementary school students now through Aug. 30.

  • PebbleGo: This K – 2 database is specifically designed to teach growing learners technology and literacy skills early in their school career. It’s also great for preschoolers.
    • Username: gasummer20
    • Password: school
  • PebbleGo Next: This is the next step in research, providing students in grades 3 – 5 with more content and tools to meet their curriculum needs.
    • Username: gasummer20
    • Password: school
  • Capstone Interactive eBooks: Over 5,000 titles will capture the imagination and curiosity of any reader.
    • Username: gasummer2020
    • Password: school

Children’s Museum of Atlanta: The museum offers fun and educational content for families and children of all ages through #CMAatHome. Children can enjoy storytime, music and movement, and draw-along activities. Families can also learn words in Italian, German, and Japanese during online cooking lessons. Content includes instructions, vocabulary, and helpful videos.

Common Lit: This free collection of fiction and nonfiction for students in grades 3-12 can be searched and filtered by Lexile level, grade, theme, genre, literary device, or standard. Readings can be read online or downloaded.

Cox Campus: This website offers free, online courses, videos, guides, and activity ideas to help parents and families support their child’s early learning and development. Cox Campus also presents Shine Your Light Summer 2020—a suite of tools with a reading-based focus that celebrates children’s emotions, encourages empathy, and ensures teachers know how to assess and teach each child. Categories include teacher readiness for K-3 educators, pop-up learning for birth – 5 and K – 3, “Talk, Read, Play LIVE” for birth – 5 families and educators, and “Hablemos, Leamos y Juguemos” for Spanish-speaking families.

Department of Early Care and Learning Resources

  • Chat About Children: This educational series for families features episodes on monitoring development, supporting transition back to child care and school, building your young child’s brain, engaging children in play, how early language builds literacy, and more.
  • School-Age Resource Page: Children need a balance of cognitive learning time, social time, physical development time, creative playtime, and reading or literacy time throughout the day. To help providers, caregivers, and children, DECAL has compiled resources that can be used to help enhance a child’s daily schedule with creativity and fun learning.
  • Toddler Time at Home: This calendar of daily activities features weekly themes that encompass five categories: On The Move, Adventures Online, Sensory Time, Story Time, and Arts and Creativity.
  • Georgia Pre-K At Home: This website includes educational resources divided into four categories: Storytime, Virtual Field Trips, Let’s Go Outside, and Screen-Free Time. Activities are based on the Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards and intentionally involve simple household items easily found at home.
  • Pre-K Summer Transition Program: For income-eligible families, this four-week program offers high-quality instruction to prepare rising pre-K and kindergarten students for success in school.

EduHam at Home: Students in grades K – 12 can study primary source documents from the Founding Era, learn how Lin-Manuel Miranda used such documents to create the musical Hamilton, and create and perform their own narrative in the form of a song, rap, spoken word, or scene. This free digital program is available through Aug. 2020.

Freckle: This free online learning platform helps students in grades K – 10 practice math, ELA, social studies, and science at their own level.

Georgia Public Broadcasting Education Resources

  • Online Summer Learning Series: Join GPB for a series of fun and educational online workshops for kids this summer to watch well-known PBS KIDS shows and participate in hands-on learning activities. Workshops will take place at 10 a.m. and last approximately one hour.
  • Summer of Learning with GPB and PBS KIDS: All-new summer content and resources will keep kids learning and encourage exploration with their favorite PBS KIDS characters. PBS KIDS will air all-new specials and episodes and offer free digital learning activities, virtual screening events, and more.
  • Georgia Home Classroom: GPB, in partnership with GaDOE, offers instructional TV broadcasts aligned to Georgia’s state standards, along with a library of digital learning resources to support at-home summer learning.
  • “Getting Ready Guides” for Grades K – 3: GPB, in partnership with GaDOE, launched “Getting Ready” guides to help parents of young learners in grades K – 3 keep the learning going over the summer and explore skills that will prepare a student for the school year ahead.

Georgia Public Library Service Resources

  • e-READ KIDS: This collection of e-books and audio books for kids in pre-K through fourth grade features a mix of nearly 20,000 fiction and nonfiction titles.
  • Online Resources: Whether you’re working on a school assignment, doing research, or simply want to gain a new skill, your library has easy-to-use online resources available. Just sign in from your desktop, laptop, or mobile device.
  • Public Library Directory: Use this search tool to find a public library near you. This summer, all of Georgia’s public libraries invite you to “Imagine Your Story” through fun programming for kids that varies per library system.
  • 1,000 Books B4 Kindergarten: Public libraries across the state encourage parents to read 1,000 books with their children before the age of 5 through this fun and easy program.
  • PINES Kids Catalog: Check out the special link on this catalog with titles that support the “Imagine Your Story” theme this summer. Other categories include ABC’s, counting, nutrition, shapes, colors, and much more.
  • Virtual Summer Reading: As local public libraries continue to provide online resources, including wi-fi connections, to students and their families, plans have been adapted for the Summer Reading Program. Online access to Beanstack will be provided to all 408 public libraries in Georgia. Beanstack lets you track reading, participate in challenges, and engage with fun literacy activities. Many libraries are planning fun virtual programs.

Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network (GSAN) Summer Activity Guide: GSAN has developed a suite of fun and engaging activities and challenges for school-age children designed specifically for this atypical summer. The activities are organized by four different age groups (5 – 9, 10 – 12, 13 – 15, 16 – 18), adaptable for in-person and virtual instruction, and based in skill building and social-emotional learning. Quick Guides will accompany the suite to support youth development professionals and families. Resources will be released gradually from May 27 through early August.

Háblame Bebé: The Háblame Bebé app, available for both IOS and android, supports Spanish-speaking parents in delivering abundant language nutrition to their infants and young children.

iCivicsGames are a great tool for summer learning that won’t feel like school work. Check out more than 20 free online games that are designed to help students put their civics and history knowledge into play. iCivics games can be played on a computer or tablet, so your student can learn on the go this summer.

NASA STEM at Home: NASA is helping inspire the next generation of STEM professionals with these free hands-on projects categorized to help kids Build It! Solve It! Launch It! Play It! Color It! and Read It! at home.

National Summer Learning Association: Check out resources and guidance from the field on remote learning and news regarding food access. Programs and families can find more information to keep kids learning, safe, and healthy.

Open Middle: Organized by grade level and specific skill for grades K – 12, Open Middle features a series of equations with missing numbers that students solve using critical thinking, number sense, and math concept knowledge.

Prodigy: Check out engaging, curriculum-aligned math platform designed to motivate students in grades 1 – 8 to learn and practice math. No cost, ever.

READCamp with Malcolm Mitchell: Join this free virtual reading training camp for summer reading with Super Bowl Champion and author Malcolm Mitchell from Memorial Day to Labor Day. K – 12 students participate  in  training,  drills, and  practice  in  order to maintain literacy skills over the summer, earning award certificates as they go. Kids and/or parents can sign up, or teachers can sign up their entire class.

Renaissance myON Digital Library: Georgia’s students can enjoy free, anytime/anywhere access to more than 6,400 digital books and news articles through Aug. 21. Read online using any Internet-enabled device, or read offline with free mobile apps. Getting started is easy.

  • School Name: Get Georgia Reading (Type the first few letters and select “Get Georgia Reading” from the drop-down menu.)
  • Username: yourcounty (example: cobbcounty)
  • Password: read

Rivet: With over 2,000 free leveled books for kids in K – 2, quality reading practice has never been easier. The app features an engaging, kid-friendly interface and reading support on every page.

Scholastic Learn at Home: Keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin.

Sightwords.com: The Georgia Preschool Association sponsors resources to help teach your child to read, including games, lessons and flashcards.

Springboard Connect: This free web-based, texting app provides personalized tips, resources, and reminders to support parents as reading coaches to their children, charting families’ progress on the learning journey.

Storyline Online: This award-winning children’s literacy website streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

The Kids Should See This: An educational alternative to YouTube, this collection of kid-friendly (not made-for-kids) videos, is curated for teachers and parents who want to share smarter, more meaningful media in the classroom and home.

Vroom: Boost learning from birth – 5. Boost learning from birth – 5. Available for iOS and android phones, this app is filled with fun and simple learning activities for mealtime, bathtime, bedtime, or anytime.

Wide Open School: This free collection of online learning experiences features resources for children in pre-K through grade 12, offering suggested daily schedules with online and offline activities. The site features content developed by National Geographic, Sesame Workshop, noggin, Boys & Girls Club, and National Head Start Association, among others.

Words2Reading: Grow your young reader from birth – 8 through easy-to-follow videos, links, downloadable documents, e-books, and audio clips.

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