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:
When: June 1-July 31 with a Summer Reading Kick-Off at all 5 BCPL locations
Where: All 6 BCPL locations: Main Branch, Scheben Branch, Florence Branch, Walton Branch, Hebron Branch and Chapin Memorial Library
Details: Boone County Public Library has reading programs for all ages, from birth to adult. Registration and logging begins June 1. Register at bcpl.org to participate online. For those who prefer paper, reading logs for kids and reading tickets for adults will be available at all BCPL lo-cations beginning June 1. All activities must be logged by July 31 to be eligible for prizes. All prizes must be picked up by August 7 (while supplies last).
What: Blast Off with Reading
When: Program starts June 1
Where: All four CCPL locations: Alexandria, Cold Spring, Fort Thomas and Newport
Details: The Summer Reading Kickoff is Saturday, June 1. 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. More info here.
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: A Universe of Stories
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, and entry into Grand Prize drawings. Kids can win prizes for each level of reading fun completed, plus be entered to win tickets to the Cincinnati Zoo, Riverbend, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Nature Center or Kings Island. E-books, magazines and required school reading count, too! For more information and to get started, click here, or visit a branch and talk to a librarian.
What: 2019 Summer Reading Club
When: Online book logs available June 1. Program runs through Aug. 31.
Where: Each of KCPL’s three locations: Covington, Erlanger and William E. Durr
Details: The Summer Reading Club’s theme is “A Universe of Stories,” and there are fun (and free!) kick-off events for kids and teens at each of KCPL’s 3 branches on June 1.
What: A Universe of Stories
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! Participation in this annual event is simple for all ages. The youth program is divided into three age groups: birth through pre-Kindergarten, children entering grades K-5, and young adults entering grades 6-12. Summer fun isn’t just for the little ones! Adults 18 and up can keep track of their reading as well. Visit any MidPointe Library location to pick up a reading log or start tracking your reading electronically with Wandoo Reader. 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.
Used Book Sales
Stock up for your summer reading adventures at these upcoming used book sales:
Kenton County Public Library Used Book Sale: May 5-11 at the William E. Durr Branch
Campbell County Public Library Friends Book Sale: May 9-11 at the Newport Branch
Half Price Books Clearance Sale: May 31-June 2 at Sharonville Convention Center
The Friends’ June Book Sale at the Warehouse: June 1-8 at the Hartwell Warehouse