Summer Reading Club offers free, fun activities
Cleveland, June 4, 2011: School is almost out, the sun is starting to shine, and families are looking for things to do this summer. One way kids can combine fun and learning activities is at Cleveland Public Library’s (CPL) eight-week Summer Reading Club: “One World, Many Stories,” which runs from June 6 to August 6.
“Our summer reading club is the perfect way for kids to keep their minds active over the summer break,” said Felton Thomas, executive director of CPL. “Children can come to any one of our branches and take part in fun, engaging activities and contests tied to reading. We encourage parents to get involved, too, and read to their children, especially the littlest ones.”
The program is available at all Cleveland Public Library locations and online. Interested parents and children can sign up by visiting their neighborhood CPL location or online at readingclub.cpl.org.
Club members receive a Summer Reading Club sticker and “passport” to begin their journey. There are many different programs, and something for all ages, with a diverse group of reading selections coupled with related activities. Parents can participate by reading to the youngest children from birth to preschool age.
Some of the programs include: hearing the African tale of Anansi the spider and making a spider to take home; enjoying Native-American stories while crafting their own dream catchers; writing Japanese haiku and learning how to make paper animals with origami; learning recipes and how to make food from world cultures; and teens participating in our own version of television’s “The Amazing Race.”
As club members complete an activity, they will receive a stamp in their “passport” book. Those who stick with the club and complete 8 out of 12 reading activities will receive a certificate of completion, a free book, and a ticket voucher to the Summer Reading Club Finale, Library Day at the Zoo. Each voucher can be redeemed to give up to four people free admission to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on August 20, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.