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2020 Summer Reading Program Features Virtual Resources and Takeaway Bags

The annual citywide summer learning initiative for 11,000 Providence K - 5 school children kicks off on June 22.

Not surprisingly, things are going to look a little different this year due to COVID-19.

The Passport to Summer Learning website  will continue to be the primary portal for participating students and families and has been updated to reflect the virtual Passport for summer 2020. The site will also link to the updated PPSD summer learning website. The Passport site includes library, learning, and community resources and will feature partner sites that are offering virtual programming and online content, including Roger William Park Zoo, The Rhode Island State House, and more.  It will indicate some that have opened or will be opening over the course of the summer.  Content will be mobile-friendly.

Printed books and materials will  also play a part in the 2020 Passport’s largely virtual makeover. PCL and PPL have developed Passport to Summer Learning Takeaway Bags with different themes loosely tied to the PPSD curriculum: Nature, Animals, Ocean, Mysteries, Family, Food & Nutrition, Music and Universe.  Each bag will include a book, activities and supplies to provide students the opportunity to engage in a variety of experiences while practicing social distancing. The bags will be available on a weekly basis through curbside pickup at libraries.

Students will log their minutes on a new summer reading platform, Beanstack, provided statewide by RI’s Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) with funds from The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). On Beanstack, students may also complete challenges and earn badges for the chance to win raffle prizes. For increased access, Beanstack has a mobile app as well. 

For more information, including links to the summer reading calendar, parent guides and reading lists, visit our summer reading program page. Information is available in English and Spanish. 

You can also read our press release in English and Spanish here.