Summer Reading is Here!

The Auglaize County Library kicked off its annual Summer Reading Program a little early this year on Tuesday, May 30. Summer Reading welcomes young and old alike to the library for a season full of activities, learning, and fun.

Our goal is two-fold: 1) to challenge young and old minds alike to stay active and engaged throughout the summer months and 2) to offer families opportunities to connect with one another in a fun environment for free.

We work to accomplish these goals by offering incentives as motivation to keep reading over the summer break. Participants will fall into four age groups: birth to PreK (pre-readers), Kindergarten to finishing 4th grade (independent readers), finishing 5th -12th grade (young adults), and adults 18 and up.

We invite our pre-reading families and independent readers to keep track how of much time they read together with a tracking record they may pick up at any of our libraries beginning May 30. We challenge our young adults to accomplish various tasks on Playing Cards from the library. And we encourage adults to check out reading material and possibly a wrapped mystery book to discover something new.

Participating in any form of our reading programs will result in chances to win prizes, including Echo Dots, Kindle Fires, and gift cards for adults; the same for young adults with the addition of drones and speakers; and toys, gift cards, and admission passes (King’s Island, COSI, The Beach, etc.) for children.

Any child or teen who completes their first reading goal (6 hours for pre-readers, 12 for older kids) or YA playing card will also be invited to one of two exclusive Pool Parties in July.

Also, Arby’s of Wapakoneta has sponsored a brand new component of Summer Reading in which children who complete their first reading goal will receive a Library Champion Yard Sign to display in their yard at home. Over the summer, library staff will go on Prize Patrol in local neighborhoods and reward families displaying the yard signs with prizes. Visit the library to learn more.

The Auglaize County Libraries will also offer many free family events this summer including a juggler, balloon sculpting workshops, a traveling chef crew, zoo and museum visits, COSI on Wheels, writing clubs, story times, craft events, and much more! Please check our online calendar for a full listing of events.

Stop in today to any of our local libraries. You may still sign up and participate any time before the end of the program on Saturday, July 15.