The 2020 Summer Reading Program begins May 25!!

Join the Zenda Public Library for our first ever Virtual Summer Reading Program.  Join us for weekly activities with items from around your home and other exciting reading adventures.  Our program will by May 25-July 18.

Watch here for more information!

Would you like to join us by tracking your reading during our Summer Reading Program?  This year we are using the app Reader Zone to electronically collect this information.  This video helps explain the process of getting signed up.

When you sign up you will need two codes to join us.  Code 28c56 will get you into our Zenda Log Group, here you can choose to log the number of books read or the number of minutes read.  Code f3f5c will get you into the Zenda Activities Group, here you can pick yes or no when you follow along with an activity that is posted here on the website.  Stories that I read will not be posted on our website due to publishing and copyright rules.   However, I will share other fun stories here!

Find out more at the website for Reader Zone!

Bedtime Math is a fun way to keep your kids practicing their math skills this summer.  Bedtime Math has free apps for both Apple and Android devices or you can check out their website for more information.  Bedtime Math  If you would like a way to collect progress made in Bedtime Math this summer, download the chart here.

May 25, 2020

Listen to a fun story with  This week we join Chris Pine as he reads Clark the Shark, written by Bruce Hale, illustrated by Guy Francis, and published by Harper Collins Publishers.  Watch here!

May 28, 2020

Join us for our activity!  You will need paper towels, washable markers, permanent markers, and some water.  I hope you have fun with this one, we sure did!  Watch the video here!

June 1, 2020

Listen to another fun story with  This week we join Mark Duplass as he reads When A Dragon Moves In, written by Jodi Moore, illustrated by Howard McWilliam, and published by Flashlight Press.  Watch here!

June 4, 2020

For our next activity you will need white paper, colored paper, scissors, markers or crayons, glue stick, and band-aids.  Join in the fun here!

June 8, 2020

We are back with another fun story with  This week we join Ernest Borgnine as he reads The Rainbow Fish, written and illustrated by Marcus Phister, and published by North-South Books.  Watch here!

June 11, 2020

For this week’s activity we are headed outside!  Take advantage of the nice weather to get outside and explore your backyard.  Here is a PDF form you can print out to use.  If you don’t have a printer, just grab a piece of paper and write down items that you want to find on your hunt.  Watch our video of me and my helpers outside on our hunt!

June 15, 2020

Join us this week for another story with  This week join Kristen Bell as she reads Quackenstein Hatches A Family, written by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, illustrated by Brian T. Jones, and published by Abrams Books.  Watch the video here!

June 18, 2020

Hello Summer Reading Program participants!  I need you to do something before we begin.  Is your Dad the one helping you with today’s activity??  If so, could you politely tell him that you have this activity and let him go take a relaxing break for a few minutes!!  Is he gone?? OK, lets get started.  Sunday is Father’s Day so today, take a few minutes and make him a special card.  You will need paper, markers or crayons, and anything else you would like to use (that you have permission to use!).  Have fun, and be sure to give Dad a big hug on Sunday!! Watch video here!

June 22, 2020

Today we join David Harbour as he reads Snappsy The Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book), written by Julie Falatko, illustrated by Tim Miller, and published by Viking Books.  Enjoy!

June 25, 2020

Today we head outside to make Bubble Snakes.  For this activity you will need an empty water bottle, a sock, scissors, a container bigger then your bottle, water and some dish soap.  We hope you have as much fun with this one as we did!! Watch the video here.

June 29, 2020

We join our friends at Storyline Online again today.  Listen as Allison Janney reads us Carla’s Sandwich, written by Debbie Herman, illustrated by Sheila Bailey, and published by Flashlight Press.  Listen to the story here!

July 2, 2020

Happy 4th of July! Today we are making a special craft project to show off on this fun day.  For this activity you will need white, red, and blue paper (if you don’t have colored paper, just grab white paper and red and blue crayons, markers or paint), scissors, glue stick, pencil, marker.  You can watch this craft video here.

July 6, 2020

Today we are visiting Oklahoma with Charlie the Ranch Dog, written and read by Ree Drummond, illustrated by Diane deGroat, and published by Harper Collins.  Enjoy the story!

July 9, 2020

Today we are going to be making fun sun catchers that can decorate your windows.  For this project you will need white paper, colored pencils, permanent markers, paper towels, cotton balls, and some kind of oil.  I used mineral oil but you could also use baby oil or cooking oil.  I hope that everyone enjoys this project.  Watch the video here!

July 13, 2020

For our last story for Summer Reading this year we will be joining Storyline Online line for a reading of The Kiss that Missed, written and illustrated by David Melling, published by Barron’s Educational Series, and read by Karan Brar.  Enjoy this fun story about life in a castle chasing a royal kiss!  Watch the video here!

July 16, 2020

Our final activity for Summer Reading 2020…how can that be?!? Today we are making play dough. I have a two ingredient recipe that is no cook. This is a great one for kids because they can do the whole process with just a little adult supervision. You will need corn starch, either hair conditioner or lotion, measuring cups, a spoon and a mixing bowl. Have fun and let me know what you think of this activity!  Watch the activity video here!