The Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St., began a phased reopening May 26 with curbside pickup service of requested items after closing in mid-March due to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The library's Summer Community Read program will go forward this year, but in a format that will be delivered through the library's website, bexleylibrary.org, and social media, library director Ben Heckman said.

"We've lined up a host of weekly online programs designed to keep families entertained and engaged," Heckman said in a May 13 email to patrons. "Young readers will again have the opportunity to win prizes by participating in a new online tracking application."

The library will feature book events for all ages at 3 p.m. every Tuesday throughout June and July on the library's Facebook page, said Paige Safford Bilotta, the library's director of advancement and community relations.

The theme of this year's program is "Imagine Your Story," she said. Participants can track the books they've read through an application called READsquared.

"A printable version of our reading tracker will also be available to download from our website, including an application to enter the bookmark contest, a Star Reader coloring page and a bingo card," she said.

The library is continuing its kindergarten-readiness program, Kindergarten Superstars, at 1 p.m. Mondays on Facebook, Bilotta said. The Facebook program will be immediately followed by a live, interactive Zoom meeting with a librarian to expand on topics.

"Caregivers can register for Kindergarten Superstars through the library's website to receive their packet with the paper tools featured in the videos for participation at home," Bilotta said.

The library is mailing information to residents on how to participate in the Summer Community Read, Bilotta said.

Information about summer programs and the phased reopening also is available at bexleylibrary.org.

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