A Universe of Stories: Summer Reading 2019

May 21, 2019

A Universe of Stories: Summer Reading 2019

Ashland Public Library invites people of all ages to explore "A Universe of Stories" by participating in the annual Summer Reading program from June 3 through August 3, 2019. Not limited to just reading, our activity logs challenge participants of all levels to explore their community and broaden their horizons in a meaningful and fun way! 

First, decide which log is for you. We have pre-readers (generally birth through preschool age), youth (generally kindergarten through fifth grade), teen (generally sixth through twelfth grade), and adult (generally 18 years through 100+.) Once you've decided on a log, waste no time in completing at least 15 of the activities in order to win a book or choice of a small prize. You also can reach for the stars and complete 30 activities, which makes you eligible to win a book or small prize, AND be entered into one of our end of summer drawings. The more logs you complete, the more chances you will have to win one of the drawings, all the while having fun and earning prizes! (Adults there is an extra incentive to participate this year - you can win an exclusive chance to meet a live cheetah from the 

The activities in the log vary per age range, and there are lots of fun activities to enjoy, with reading included. Some of the reading activities are specific to reading outside of your comfort zone, or reading aloud, which is a fun way to shake up the summer. Other activities include telling a library staff member a joke, making a dessert, singing a song, visiting a park, attending a library event, and listening to someone tell a life story - to name just a few. 

In addition to the reading program, there are plenty of fun and interesting programs during the summer. Our regular storytime sessions have been extended for an eight-week run beginning on June 10. 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 Chautauqua performers will be at the library, providing daytime presentations allowing guests to get an almost exclusive behind-the-scenes showing of their traditional band shell performances, delving into the lives of storytellers, musicians, and naturalists.

Many different animals will be making appearances at the library this summer. The Akron Zoo is bringing their Zoomobile to the library in July, so be ready to learn about all sorts of fascinating creatures first-hand! Oh, and as a special end of summer prize for up to seventy-five adults who complete at least one activity log during summer reading, an up-close look at a cheetah from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is planned (sorry, this event is restricted to adults only for safety purposes.)

Also for adults, there are programs on origami, meteorites, and the battle of Gettysburg, Project Blue Book, and even a Bob Ross paint-along. Teens can expect to have a hands-on learning experience about the world of crime scene investigation, how to code a mars rover, and the challenges of designing and launching a rocket.  Kids will get a kick out of Mr. Molecule’s show, be a student in the Astronomy Academy, and learn about our moon and what it takes to train to be an astronaut! Bring the family to a game day in July.

Another special program for the summer is our Fun With Food program. Kids of all ages are invited every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to help make a simple recipe and then enjoy the fruits of their labor. This open ended food activity program runs from June 12 through July 31.

Of course, the summer would not be complete without the annual Touch-A-Truck grand finale on August 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with the first hour traditionally being the silent hour of the grand event.

The Summer Reading program could not be so cosmically awesome without the support of numerous local donors and organizations, especially 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 have such a robust schedule of programs for all the summer long.  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 FriendsAPLOH@gmail.com.

 

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

 

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