Library announces summer program

SIDNEY — Shelby County Libraries is offering summer reading programs for all ages.

Registration is now open at all Shelby County Libraries with locations in Anna, Botkins, Fort Loramie, Jackson Center, Russia and Sidney.

The Children’s Summer Library Program is designed for children from birth to fifth grade. This year’s theme, “Libraries Rock,” encourages participants to explore music, art and dance. Readers will receive free books and several other incentive prizes including toy instruments and candy when they track their reading and activity progress. Participants may also enter to win one of several grand prize baskets, which include Kings Island, Zoombezi Bay, Columbus Zoo, SkyZone and Newport Aquarium tickets. As part of the Summer Library Program, the library will also host activities for each age group. Some of this year’s special activities include a pool party, Exotic Zoo visit, a picture book art program series, STEM music programs from the Neil Armstrong Museum, movie screenings and family programs. A detailed calendar will be provided at registration with dates and times for all programs. Children are able to register during regular library hours. The Summer Library Program is free.

The Teen Summer Library Program is for any teen in grades six through 12. The theme for this year is “Libraries Rock!” The program runs through July 25. Teens can read, attend a program or participate in other activities, such as redesigning a book cover or writing a song, to earn raffle tickets for an Amazon Echo Dot, Kings Island tickets and other prizes. Some of this year’s programs include Sonic Pi, where teens can create music through coding, an After Hours Lyrics Trivia Night and Teen Thursdays with snacks, video games, crafts, board games and more. Calendars with additional program information are available at the library.

Adults 18 and older can participate by requesting a card when checking out materials. For every five books, eBooks, audiobooks or magazines read or listened to, their names will be entered in a drawing for prizes that include an iPad, a $50 Amazon gift card, four Cincinnati Reds tickets, Cosi tickets, two “Tecumseh” tickets, Cincinnati Zoo tickets, Columbus Museum of Art tickets, a gas gift card and more. In addition, readers can receive a 50 percent-off camping certificate for Ohio state parks.

For information, call 492-8354 or visit