Adult Reading Club – Enter win Chamber Bucks by Reading! (READsquared)

Do you ever wish you took the time to read more? Do you already spend every free moment with your nose in a book? Either way, let your library be a resource: take inspiration from our reading lists and log your personal reading to be entered in random drawings and unlock mini games! (Every book you read = 10 points. Points can also be earned via a variety of “missions.” Every 10 points grants you an entry into a monthly drawing for 20 Chamber Bucks.)

To enroll if you do not yet have a READsquared account

  1. Go to orangecitylibrary.readsquared.com or download the READsquared app on your phone
  2. If you are on the app, first type in and select the Orange City Public Library
  3. Select “Register” (top right of the website)
  4. Select whether you would like to register for just yourself or whether you would also like to register your child/children for READsquared programs.
  5. Select your age group and the program you would like to sign up for (Adult Book Club) and then fill in your personal information on the next page.
  6. If also registering for children, proceed to select their respective ages, programs, and preferences.
  7. If you would like to register your child for more than one program, you will have to add them as if it were a separate child. Click “Continue” and insert the same information for your child except with the second program selected. (In this situation, it is suggested you include a clarification of the program along with the last name of your child — i.e. “John / Smith 1,000”

To register with an existing READsquared account:

  1. Log in to your READsquared account.
  2. If you are already enrolled in a program, select “Account” (top right of the webpage or gear symbol at the top left of the app) and then select “Add Child Account.” Insert your age, program, and information again. In this situation, it is suggested you include a clarification of the program along with your last name—i.e. “Claire / Vermeer Book club”
  3. This is the same way you would add a child to a program or second program.
  4. If you did not select a program upon registration or your program has expired, select “Account” (top right of the webpage or gear symbol at top left of the app) and then “Family Accounts. ”Under your name will be a blue “Enroll” button. Click on it, then select your age and program.
  5. If yours is the only account, the blue “enroll” button will appear on your main page upon log in.

If you or your children are accidentally enrolled in the wrong program, contact the library and we can change programs from the administrative side of the site.

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten Graduation

Join us for the fifth 1000 Books Before Kindergarten graduation!

If your child has joined this fun, self-paced program and reached their goal, please RSVP by Thursday, August 1 for the graduation on Tuesday, August 20 @ 6:30pm. Call the library at 712-707-4302 or email Phyllis Van Gelder.

Research has shown that children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds hear 30 million words less by the age of four than their middle income peers (Hart and Risley, 1995). This 30 million word gap significantly correlates to academic success later in life. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program aims to reduce this gap through reading. For every 100 books read, your child can come to the library for a sticker on their reading log. Once the 1000 book goal is met, your child can join us for a graduation ceremony complete with stories, activities, crafts and a diploma!

If you are interested in signing your child up for the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program, please inquire at the library.

Homebound Delivery Service offered by Public Library

Pictured: Amy Nonhof and Library Volunteer

Every month, library staff spend hours selecting and delivering books from the Orange City Public Library’s collection to residential retirement communities and care facilities. Based on the reading preferences of the residents, Amy Nonhof selects books and audiobooks for each center individually.

Most of the titles come from our collection of Large Print materials, although regular print fiction and non-fiction are also popular selections.

Hundreds of books are checked out, boxed, and delivered to community rooms at Landsmeer Ridge, Prairie Ridge, Heritage Estates, and the Pioneer Home. Residents are then able to browse and select materials they would like to read.

Books are checked out for one month, or until the next visit. At Prairie Ridge, Nonhof visits individual residents in their rooms with a cart full of books and books on CD. Selections are made specifically for each resident based on their interests and requests. Completed materials are returned and new books checked out from the comfort of their room. Library staff have been known to offer help on downloadable audiobooks and ebooks, as well as general tech support on mobile devices owned by residents. Special trips to residents who have exhausted their selections before the next visit are not unheard of either.

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Homebound Delivery is one of the most important outreach services offered by the library. Many residents are not able to make a trip into the library, especially during the cold winter months or times of illness. These deliveries ensure that residents are able to spend their time enjoying a good book.

Please contact Amy Nonhof at anonhof@orangecitylibrary.org or library director Lisa Johnson at director@orangecitylibrary.org for more information.