MIAMI – Focusing on filling the summer reading gap, the Miami Public Library kicked off its summer program — “Imagine Your Story!”

It will continue through July 31.

“Our program encourages children and teens to continue reading through the summer months by awarding badges and prizes through our new online platform, Beanstack,” said MPL children’s librarian Judy Beauchamp. “This program is free and patrons are able to register online for any of the challenges offered this summer.”

The Beanstack app can also be downloaded to mobile devices, Beauchamp said.

In the program, readers earn badges and certificates by tracking the number of minutes or hours that they spend reading. Teens read from a curated list of books as a way of earning badges, and participants who fulfill certain requirements can earn tickets for a chance to receive a free book during June and July.

Although there is limited access to the library currently, due to the coronavirus crisis, customers have continued to borrow books through its curbside pickup service in addition to accessing free audio and e-books online.

The library won’t be able to do in-person programing this summer, but instead will offer some virtual story times and programs, as well as “Grab & Go” craft kits that can be done from home.

For more information about the library’s summer programs, log onto www.miamipl.okpls.org or call 918-541-2292.

The library has also launched Imagination Library, a literacy program providing free books to children.

SB 1803, which was signed into law last week by Gov. Kevin Stitt is modeled after a program founded by entertainer Dolly Parton in Tennessee.

Sen. John Haste, R-Broken Arrow, and Rep Tammy Townley, R-Ardmore, were the bill’s principal authors.

A revolving fund for the Imagination Library was included in the bill, which places administration under the state Department of Education.

The first book that will be mailed to each Oklahoma child will be “The Little Engine That Could,” according to Haste.

“The Imagination Library is a public/private partnership that will mail every single child in Oklahoma one high-quality, age appropriate book a month from birth through age five, with no restrictions or financial limits for families to participate,” Haste said in a release. “This program has been proven to increase reading time, increase kindergarten readiness, and is credited with helping children score higher on reading tests.”