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Summer Reading 2024: Adventure Begins at Your Library

June 3 – July 12, 2024

Sign up for the Summer Reading Program, starting Tuesday, May 28th! All kids and teens who sign up will get to choose a FREE prize book and will receive a goody bag with their reading tracker bookmark and event calendar. We ask you to read for just 20 minutes a day, but you can read WHATEVER you want! Any format, any genre, any reading level! You can even read graphic novels or listen to audiobooks! Once you’ve filled in a tracking bookmark (equaling five days of reading), you can turn it in for an immediate small prize (a rubber duck or community coupon) AND enter it into one of our grand prize drawings. We’ll be raffling off a bag with four Kings Island tickets, a $50 Walmart gift card, and more! The sooner you sign up and start reading, the more chances you can earn into the drawing! Plus, we have a lot of fun activities planned!

Summer Reading isn’t just for kids-it’s for adults too! Stop by to sign up and pick up your Passport to Adventure which includes our calendar filled with weekly activities and all of the events we will be hosting. All adults who sign up will receive a voucher for a free book at one of our upcoming book sales! Make sure you fill out a raffle ticket for each book you read, including audio and eBooks. Remember the more you read, the more chances you’ll have to win some of our amazing prizes!


Kick-off Show:

Adventure of the Lost Treasure
Monday, June 3 | 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Join us as we kick off Summer Reading 2024 with Science Heroes as they take us on a treasure-hunting journey deep within the jungle! Along the way, the audience will help conduct exciting science experiments that bring this story to life! Experiment with chemical reactions, air pressure, physical explosions, and more! Don’t miss this exciting and interactive STEM learning adventure!

This program is geared toward kids going into K-6th grade, but all ages are welcome.

Weekly Youth Programs:

Stortyime (Ages 0-4)
Wednesdays, June 5 – July 10 | 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Bring your littlest bookworms, ages 0-4, to our weekly summer storytime. We’ll explore stories, songs, movement, and rhymes! Siblings welcome.

Library Adventures (Ages 5-9)
Mondays, June 10 – July 8 | 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Kids, ages 5-9, check out our weekly story, craft, and activity program! We’ll explore different thematic adventures, including the ocean, nature, and the Summer Olympics! Siblings welcome.

Choose Your Own Adventure (Ages 10-14)
Fridays, June 7 – July 5 | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Tweens ages 10-14 get to choose which direction a story will go each week! Plus, games!


Special Events:

Bald Bee Man’s Bee Adventure

June 12th | 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Jerry Toschlog, aka The Bald Bee Man, will be at the library to take us on an informational adventure! He’s going to be talking to us about the importance of bees in our lives and the making of honey with all of its uses! Come be a part of the discussion. He will be happy to answer any and all questions!


What To Know Before You Go

Wednesday, June 19th | 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Join us in welcoming Jennifer Seely, a Professor of Politics and Peace Corps Prep Director from Earlham College as she gives us some ticks, tricks, and how to’s when it comes to packing and getting ready to embark on your very own adventure!


Bright Science
Wednesday, June 19 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Explore the science of LIGHT with WonderLab! We’ll see brightly colored flames, cool glowing liquids, bizarre fluorescent materials and other surprises!

This program is geared toward kids going into K-6th grade, but all ages are welcome.


Unsolved Case Files

Thursday, June 27th | 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Detectives! Put on your thinking caps for another case that needs solved. This time we’re hoping you can help us solve a murder and rescue the victim’s sister – all before time runs out! Put yourself into the shoes of a detective and see what kind of adventures we have along the way!


Exploring Biodiversity

Tuesday, July 2nd | 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Join us along with Cope Environmental Center at Centerville Library as they teach us about the importance of all kinds of pollinating species. Then we will see how to create a place for them to seek shelter when winter time comes back around!


Exploring Nature

Friday, July 5th | 4:030-6:00 p.m.

Put your pollinator knowledge to the test! Join the Centerville Library crew as we travel to Cope Environmental Center for a hike on one of their public trails! Jeremy Proeschel will be our guide as we embark on this adventure together and see these pollinators in action!

Specifics for this hike including where we will be meeting will be announced in upcoming weeks.


Summer Lawn Party (All Ages)
Friday, July 12 | 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Don’t miss this community event for all ages! We’ll have a party on the library lawn, complete with DJ Chuck Philpot, face painting, yard games, and cotton candy. We’ll also announce the winners of all the raffle baskets at 5:30!