By Jessica Dooley –
The Adams County Public Library is getting ready to host Summer Reading, an annual community-wide celebration of reading. Starting June 1, the library invites readers of any age to sign up, read books, and earn prizes during the two month event. Kids, teens, and adults can track their reading to reach goals and earn rewards including free books, T-shirts, totes, and a chance to win a grand prize drawing.
For the first time this summer, anyone age 18 and under can eat a boxed lunch at the library on weekdays, free of charge. The Adams County Public Library is participating in the USDA’s Summer Food Service program, a federal grant that provides free lunch to school age children. Manchester Local School District is sponsoring the grant, and prepares and delivers the lunches each day to all four libraries. There are no enrollment or eligibility requirements to participate. Any child or teen can eat lunch, simply by visiting the library between noon and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
In addition to encouraging reading through the summer, the libraries also host special events for all ages. The most anticipated event is a visit by Batman and the Batmobile. On Wednesday, July 6, Batman will visit each library to share what it means to be a hero and overcome challenges in your own life, and offer a close-up tour of the Batmobile and the chance to take pictures.
Popular guest Ronald McDonald gives a fun presentation that engages elementary and middle school kids. P. T. Reptiles returns with a chance to learn about local reptiles, amphibians, and arachnids. The West Union Library will host their second annual Classic Car Show on July 9, and the Manchester Library will host a Motorcycle Show on Saturday, June 18. Author Julie Salamon, whose many published books include novels, nonfiction, and children’s titles, will host a book signing at the North Adams Library on Saturday, June 11 at 1:30 p.m. Dozens of other activities, including a filmmaking workshop for teens, an obstacle course for kids, an outdoor carnival, and fitness classes are scheduled each week.
While Summer Reading offers reading incentives to hundreds of kids and teens, adults are welcome, too. Last summer, over one third of Summer Reading participants were adults, who enjoyed tracking their reading through the program, and earning rewards like coupons to local businesses, new books, gift cards, and Kindle Fires. This year, readers will also have the option to sign up and track their reading online through the library’s website. Those who enjoy reading eBooks or listening to audio books on a tablet or smartphone can count their digital reading. Library cardholders can download eBooks for free from ohioebooks.org. AudioBookSYNC offers two free audiobook downloads each week during the summer. Visit the library’s website, at adamscolibrary.org/srp, to find out more.
“The Summer Reading goals for each age group are very achievable,” says library Director Nick Slone. “We want to encourage everyone to enjoy some great reading this summer.” Studies show reading through the summer helps kids retain the skills they learned during the year, and return to school ready for the next grade. Young children whose parents read aloud to them develop strong cognitive skills, and are more prepared to enter school.”
This year’s grand prizes, awarded by random drawing to those who complete the Summer Reading program, include Kindle Fires, Android tablets, a Fitbit One activity tracker, a bicycle, Kings Island and Reds ballgame tickets, and more. Local sponsors have contributed prizes as reading incentives, including coupons for free items from Frisch’s Big Boy, Taco Bell, Gold Star Chili, McDonald’s, The Greene Beanery, and free fitness sessions at Studio 101 and Jules’ Jewels. The Adams County Public Library thanks all the community sponsors who have donated to support the Summer Reading Program, including the Friends of the Library organizations and the Peebles Magazine Club.
To learn how you can participate in Summer Reading, view a list of events at your library, or sign up online, visit the library’s website at adamscolibrary.org.