School’s almost out for the summer – but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop! Here in Cincinnati, there are lots of ways to combat the infamous “summer slide” and make learning a part of your kids’ everyday routine. Most notable are the library summer reading programs offered at each of the major Greater Cincinnati libraries! These programs get kids excited to read their way through the summer by offering a variety of fun incentives along the way.
Check out our Cincinnati Summer Reading Roundup for all the details:
What: It’s Summer Reading, Y’all! – Boone County Summer Reading reflects a partnership between the Boone County Public Library, Boone County Schools and Walton Verona Schools.
When: June 1-July 31 with a Summer Reading Kick-Off at all 5 BCPL locations
Where: All 5 BCPL locations: Main Branch, Scheben Branch, Florence Branch, Walton Branch and Chapin Memorial Library
Details: Register for Summer Reading at the at the Summer Reading Kick-Off Event and enjoy carnival games, interactive inflatables and a free Shiver Frozen Pop. Program open to everyone – babies, kids, teens and adults, with prizes awarded throughout. Register at bcpl.org to participate online. For those who prefer paper reading logs for kids and reading tickets for adults, these will be available at all Library locations beginning June 1. All activities must be logged by July 31 to be eligible for prizes, and all prizes must be picked up by July 31 (while supplies last). Look for fun and FREE events throughout the summer, too – including shows by Zak Morgan and Fossil Freddy!
What: Reading Rocks
When: June 2-July 28
Where: All four CCPL locations: Alexandria, Cold Spring, Fort Thomas and Newport
Details: The Summer Reading Kickoff is Saturday, June 2. Expect a festival-like celebration at all four CCPL locations (Alexandria, Cold Spring, Fort Thomas and Newport) between 9 am-2 pm with food, music, face painting, games and more. Adults are welcome to participate: every time you check something out, you’ll be entered into weekly gift card raffles. And the prizes for hard-to-please teens are awesome — a Kindle Fire, Super Nintendo Classic and more!
What: The Summer Reading Adventure
When: June 1-July 28
Where: All 40 branches
Details: Beginning June 1st, your family can stop into any Library location to register and pick up an Adventure Kit. Each Adventure Kit includes a passport, free book, voucher for a free view level ticket to a Cincinnati Reds game and a coupon for Coney Island. The passport can be used to record reading and other learning activities all summer long. Throughout the summer, your kids will check in weekly at the Library to earn prizes. Get the whole family involved – the Cincinnati Public Library’s program is open to everyone from babies to adults!
What: Libraries ROCK!
When: Sign up for Summer Reading starting May 1; the program runs June 1 to Aug. 1.
Where: All 10 branches
Details: It’s easy to earn points for prizes — read a book, graphic novel, magazine or listen to an audiobook and log the number of minutes you spend reading. Every 200 minutes logged earns you a prize, with kids able to earn up to three prizes. Kids can win prizes for each level of reading fun completed, plus be entered to win tickets to the Cincinnati Zoo, Riverbend, the Aronoff or Cincinnati Nature Center. E-books, magazines and required school reading count, too! For more information and to get started, go to clermontlibrary.org, or visit a branch and talk to a librarian.
What: 2018 Summer Reading Club
When: Online book logs available June 1
Where: Each of KCPL’s three locations: Covington, Erlanger and William E. Durr
Details: The Summer Reading Club’s theme is “Grow Together,” and there are fun (and free!) kick-off events for kids and teens at each of KCPL’s 3 branches on June 2nd and 1st, respectively.
What: Libraries Rock!
When: June 1 – July 31
Where: All MidPointe locations – Middletown, Monroe, Trenton and West Chester – plus the new Bookmobile!
Details: The more you read – the more you win! The youth program is divided into three age groups: birth through pre-Kindergarten, children entering grades Kindergarten through 5th, and young adults entering grades 6th – 12th. Starting June 1, visit any MidPointe Library location to pick up a reading log or start tracking your reading electronically with Wandoo Reader (link here). Participants keep track of their reading at home, then can come into the Library to reward their accomplishments and pick up their prizes! The Program concludes on July 31, and grand prize winners for each age level will be awarded at every location shortly thereafter.