Summer Reading Is for Everyone!


Children Option 1Summer Reading Fun with Science at Licking County Library

It’s time for Summer Reading and all the great summer programs available at LCL this June and July!  The programs this year will focus on all the many facets of science.  Summer Reading is truly for everyone from little tots to senior citizens.  It’s a great way for kids to keep their reading skills sharp so they’ll be ready for the new school year in September.  You may sign up at any LCL location or on LCL’s Bookmobile beginning Tuesday, May 27th.  Teens and children may pick up their reading logs to record the time they spend reading, and adults may start filling out slips and writing reviews for books they read.  Signup  continues until mid-July, but July 25th is the last day to record books read or time spent reading and get your name in for the grand prize drawing.

For adults, the slogan is “Literary Elements.”  Each book you read gets your name in the drawing for the grand prize, with a winner at each location!  All locations of the Licking County Library will have a variety of free programs for adults.  Some of those include Ironwood Wolves, yoga, disaster preparedness, a visit from a gemologist, Feng shui basics,  recipe exchanges (with sampling, of course), beginner photography, book clubs plus more.

Teen summer readers will “Spark a Reaction” this summer!  Students in grades 6-12 track your reading time in a reading log and receive prizes at 2, 4, 8, and 12 hours.  At 12 hours, your name is entered for the Teen grand prize drawing, which is a Kindle Fire, and you can keep reading for more chances to win the grand prize.  All LCL locations will have great free programs for teens.  There will be board game, book, and movie clubs, video and Pathfinder role playing game nights, weird science discussions, Japanamania Club, recycle art programs, a Poetry Slam and more!  Special guests at Main include COSI, Aaron “Dizzy Doc” The Balloon Guy, a Criminalist, a Firefighter, and local artist, Mary Skrenta.  Make sure to look for all these activities and more in our Check It Out Newsletter or pick up a Teen calendar.

“Fizz, Boom, Read!” is the slogan for our youngest summer readers.  Children age 3 through grade 5 mark their reading records to keep track of how many minutes they read and receive prizes as they “Read 4 20” on their way to the goal of 12 hours.  When they get to 12 hours, they are entered in the grand prize drawing.  For every four hours of reading after that, they may enter the drawing again.  Children younger than age 3 can participate by doing short literacy activities with family members or care givers, and they receive an age appropriate toy prize.  Look for activities for children at all LCL locations.  There will be various programs about bees, bats, and barnyard animals as well as story times, hands-on science experiments, robotics, a dragon cakewalk, food sculptures, and a program about electricity called “Watt’s Up!”   We’ll have many special performers and presenters including COSI, Dave Lehman, Gator Dave, Joanie Calem,  Mr. Molecule,  Mr. Puppet, Mystical Matthew, P.T. Reptiles, Stevens Puppets, The Works®, and Mrs. Van of Ohio Nature Education.

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