Summer Reading Program - Sneak Peek!

Updated: Jul 1


We are really excited to get back into the swing of things for the Summer Reading Program this year! We will still continue to do our virtual storytime and Book Club books, with a bunch of added activities to do! We will be having SRP events at the library, and also take home kits, activities to do around town, and more! Each activity will have a specific age group.


On Monday, June 7th, we will kick off the program with signups and will have "Boots to Grasses" at 1:00 pm — Boots to Grasses is a therapeutic horsemanship program. Meet two of their mini horses and learn more!


How SRP Works

READING: Prizes can be earned based on how long you read, with a goal of 500 minutes. Reading logs can be picked up at the library. Our SRP program can also be done online this summer! Sign up for an account and keep track of what you read this summer. Links to each age group (kids, teens, and toddlers) will go live on June 7! PLAY BINGO!: To win, you need to do at least fifteen of the twenty activities listed. You can also keep track of your Bingo activities on our online site as well! If you’d prefer an entry form, Bingo cards can also be picked up at the library or downloaded here on or after June 7: https://swantonpubliclibrary.org/summer-reading-program PRIZES: Read 250 minutes (125 for toddlers): A coupon for a free ice cream cone from Honey Bear or a cookie from Subway (depending on age group). • Read 500 minutes (250 for toddlers): A free book, a free coupon, animal toys, a completion certificate, entry into the Grand Prize Drawing, and more! • Extra prizes are given for the Scavenger Hunt and attending events (safari glasses, etc.)! • BINGO: Everyone who completes their Bingo card will get certificates for Burger King, a wooden snake or rubber duck, and an entry into the Grand Prize Drawing. • GRAND PRIZES: Everyone who EITHER completes a Bingo card OR finishes the reading will be entered in the Grand Prize Drawing (two entries are possible if you do both!). Grand prizes are book sets, games & puzzles, restaurant gift cards, and more!

The Events

MEET “BOOTS TO GRASSES” HORSES! June 7 at 1:00 pm — Boots to Grasses is a therapeutic horsemanship program. Meet two of their mini horses and learn more!


OAK OPENINGS NATURE WALKS June 15 at 1:00 pm — Register to go on a walk through the Oak Openings Metropark, focusing on Ohio mammals! Grades K-2. June 17 at 1:00 pm — Ohio Mammals walk for grades 3-5. July 13 at 1:00 pm — Register to go on a walk through the Oak Openings Metropark, focusing on endangered species! Grades K-2. July 22 at 1:00 pm — Endangered Species walk for grades 3-5.

ECO DISCOVERY! CATS with Maureen June 16 at 1:00 pm — Learn about cats, both pet and wild, and maybe even meet some!

HOBBY FARM VISIT with Erica June 24 at 1:00 pm — We’ll have goats, chickens, and more visiting from a local farm!


NATURE’S NURSERY July 2 at 2:00 pm — Meet three live local animals, including an owl and a reptile, and learn more about local conservation efforts.


MEET A THERAPY DOG! with Sam July 15 at 1:00 pm — Meet Charlie the Australian Shepherd therapy dog and have his mom Sam read a book to you! Also learn more about therapy dogs!

FINALE: EXOTIC ZOO! July 30 at 11:00 am — Meet a real live kangaroo, lynx, lemur, monkey, and more!!

Unicorns: Break the Cage Two curious kids discover what they think is a unicorn. But unicorns aren't real... are they?!


For kids: Join us at 1:00 pm on July 6 to solve the mystery and do some crafts and activities! After that, the video can be streamed at home anytime.

For teens: Join us at 1:00 pm on July 8 to solve the mystery and do some crafts and activities! After that, the video can be streamed at home anytime.

*more information coming later!


Storytime Online and Virtual Book Club Pick up your free packet at the library! Every month for storytime online there are 2 kits to pick up, one book you keep for free, the other one you return to the library. There are 2 new books picked for each month, along with a link to Storyline Online and have the book read to you by a celebrity! Storytime online is for ages 1-5 years. For our youth virtual book club, there’s a new pick each month for grades K-3, 3-5, 5-8, and 9-12; kits come with with a free book, a review form, a few questions you can think about, and some crafts or activities. All we ask is that you read the book: do as much of the rest as you like!


June:

Storytime

ages 1-5 years: June 7-19, Me and My Cat by Satoshi Kitamura

ages 1-5 years: June 21-July 3, Mice Twice by Joseph Low

Youth Book Club

grades K-3: What Is Chasing Duck? by Jan Thomas

grades 3-5: Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

grades 5-8: Pax by Sara Pennypacker

grades 9-12: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater


July:

Storytime

ages 1-5 years: July 5-17, The Night I Followed the Dog by Nina Laden

ages 1-5 years: July 19-31, Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion


Youth Book Club

grades K-3: Curious George by H. A. Rey

grades 3-5: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien

grades 5-8: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

grades 9-12: The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi

Scavenger Hunt The hunt comes in two parts, both of which can be done around Swanton! For part one in June, walk around outside and find the items on the scavenger hunt worksheet. For part two in July, follow clues around Swanton and discover all of the fun places Sparky the Australian Cattle Dog likes to visit. Write your answers down on the provided worksheet. Participants get certificates from Burger King and an entry into a prize drawing for a Movie Night Pack (4 DVDs, popcorn, candy, and sodas!).

Interactive Movie Kits For kids: Watch either Babe (June) or Finding Nemo (July). The kit includes a rented copy of the movie and some treats and activities to do while watching.

For teens: Watch either Jurassic Park (June) or How to Train Your Dragon (July). The kit includes a rented copy of the movie and some treats and activities to do while watching.

Coding Club for K-12 Coding club continues! The club meets at 4:00 pm on June 9, 14, 23, 28, July 7, 12, 21, and 26, and on Saturdays at 1:00 pm on June 12, 26, July 10, and 24! Register here after June 1.

We can't wait to share these exciting events with all of you! Stay tuned for more exciting news on the events, activities, incentives, and grand prizes!


A big thank you to the Friends of the Swanton Public Library and a grant provided by the State Library of Ohio and the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences for funds needed to bring such an amazing Summer Reading Program this year!


This program is funded through a federal Institute of Museum and Library Services LSTA grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio. The content does not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the granting agencies.

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