Library opens summer reading program

Staff report

SIDNEY — The Shelby County Libraries Summer Reading Program registration for all ages is underway at all branch libraries.

There will be a 5K run/walk at Geib Pavilion in Tawawa Park, Sidney, June 4. It begins at 8:30 a.m. For information, call 492-8354 or to register. The theme of the run is “Exercise Your Mind. READ!” All proceeds will benefit the Shelby County Libraries’ Building Fund.

In addition, June 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., there will be a Family Fun Day event at Geib Pavilion. There will be a story trail, free hot dogs, games, a jumpy house and summer reading registration for all ages. All activities and summer reading participation are free of charge.

The Children’s Summer Library Program is designed for children from birth to fifth grade. This year’s theme, “On Your Mark, Get Set…READ!” encourages participants to be more active both mentally and physically this summer. Readers will receive a free book and several other incentive prizes when they track their reading and activity progress.

Participants may also enter to win one of several grand prize baskets, which include Zoombezi Bay, COSI, Columbus Zoo, Neil Armstrong Museum and Newport Aquarium tickets, gaming packages, and two Razor kick scooters with helmets.

Some of this year’s special activities will include Cooking Caravan: Chef Battle, several space fitness programs from the Neil Armstrong Museum and an Olympic finale with free pizza. A detailed calendar will be provided at registration. The Summer Library Program is a free program that runs through July 30.

The Teen Summer Library Program is for teens in grades six through 12. The theme for this year is “Get in the Game: Read.” Teens can read, attend a program or participate in other activities such as redesigning a book cover or making a soundtrack for a favorite book to earn chances to win a Kindle Fire, Kings Island tickets and other prizes. Some of this year’s programs include a Cooking Caravan, Interactive Movie Experience, Teen Book Club Café, and Parties in the Park. Calendars and flyers with additional information are available at the library.

Adults 18 and older, are encouraged to “Exercise Your Mind, READ!” by requesting a card when checking out materials. For every five books, eBooks, audiobooks or magazines read or listened to, the reader’s name is entered into a drawing for some great prizes that include a FitBit Charge HR Activity Tracker, Fitbit Flex, Kindle Fire Tablet, COSI passes, Dayton Art Institute passes, $25 gas cards, several cookbooks for healthy living, and more. In addition, those who read five books will receive a journal with a pen and a 50 percent-off-camping certificate for Ohio State Parks.

Staff report