Summer Reading 2018 and Free Lunch Program

June 1, 2018

Summer Reading 2018 and Free Lunch Program

Ashland, Ohio, May 31, 2018– Summer Reading is fun for EVERYONE! This year’s theme is “Libraries Rock,” so if you have not been to the library in a while, stop by and find out why they rock. In the unlikely event you choose not to participate, go ahead and explore the many free services and resources offered. You just may be surprised at all of the possibilities you find.

From June 4 through August 4, pick up a summer reading log for your age range (pre-readers (i.e. infants), youth, teen, or adult), and complete fifteen of the activities to earn a book of your choice. Or, go for the gold and complete thirty activities to earn a book of your choice and enter your name into a drawing to win an experienced-based prize. The activities on the logs still include reading, but also expand to other fun, enriching, age-appropriate activities such as teaching someone a game, creating new recipes, volunteering, finger-painting, visiting a new playground, making slime, crafting, hiking, and attending library events - to name a few.

In addition to the reading program, there are plenty of interesting programs during the summer. Our regular storytime sessions have been extended for an eight-week run. The popular Books in the Park programs, made possible by the Ashland County Parks District, are scheduled again this year on Fridays during June and July. In July, some of the annual Ashland Chautauqua performers will be at the library, extending this year’s nautical theme beyond the traditional band shell performances.

Many different animals will be making appearances at the library this summer. Ohio Nature Education is bringing their majestic birds of prey in June. Bring the Farm to You’s homestead program for children, complete with barnyard animals, visits on July 12. Also in July, Outback Ray is bringing his menagerie of exotic animals in an awesome show for families.  Perhaps the most anticipated program is Newport Aquarium Wave Foundation’s Shark Encounter on August 2, where attendees get an up-close experience with live sharks. Yep, sharks at the library.

For adults, there are programs on gardening in June, July and August. Teens can expect to tie-dye t-shirts and learn from artist Steve Harpster about video game design in June, compete in a lip sync battle in July, and by popular request, square off at an after-hours “Thriller” themed Humans vs. Zombies event on August 3.  Kids will get a kick out of Freddy Fossil’s Dino Show and a movie matinee in June. Bring the family to a game day in July. Of course, the summer would not be complete without the annual Touch-A-Truck grand finale on August 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Having all this fun is sure to create an appetite. Free summer lunches are proudly offered again this year for children up to 18 years old, made possible by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Ohio Department of Education, and USDA (which is an equal opportunity provider and employer.) On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 pm, from June 4 to August 10, lunches will be served at the main library at 224 Claremont Avenue. Enjoy various activities with lunch along with heaping helpings of fun.

Our library would not rock as much without the Friends of the Ashland Public Library group. The funds they raise through their book sales (which take quite a lot of work, volunteer-hours, and preparation all year long) make it possible to offer all of the programs and a portion of the prizes, which exceed the library’s regular budget.  This great group of volunteers has been helping make summer reading great since 1977 and are always looking for new volunteers to help sort donations and work the sales. Consider becoming a member and Friend of the library today. Contact the Friends of the Ashland Public Library through email at

This year, an exciting change is coinciding with the start of summer reading. On June 4, the library is permanently making its hours of operation to Monday through Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This change gives the community seven days of opportunities to discover why the Ashland Public Library rocks.

Contact the library for more information at 419-289-8188, at, or by stopping by the service desk on the main floor.

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