Lakewood Public Library offering’Oceans of Possibilities’ with youth summer reading club

LAKEWOOD, Ohio –Themed “Oceans of Possibilities,” Lakewood Public Library recently kicked off its annual summer reading program for kids at both the main library and Madison Branch.

Lakewood Public Library Children’s and Youth Services Manager Julie Strunk said so far the response from students and area teachers has been overwhelmingly positive.

“It’s wonderful, we’ve already had classrooms from schools taking field trips to the library to learn about summer reading,” Strunk said. “That’s something we haven’t been able to do in person for a couple of years. So it’s so good to have all of these kids back in the library getting exposed to what we have to offer.

“For some of these students, depending on how old they are, this is the first field trip they’ve ever taken to the library. For other students who are older, they were here when they were younger but it’s been a couple of years. so this is kind of new to them as well. ”

The 13-week program runs through Aug. 15 with numerous virtual and in-person entertainment offerings to boot.

“Our goal is to prevent the summer slide by keeping kids engaged and rewarding them when they meet the goals with a brand-new book for them to keep,” Strunk said. “They get to pick from over 600 books.

“Also, when they finish they get a certificate of completion and complimentary certificates to attend a Cleveland Monsters and Cleveland Chargers game with the purchase of an adult ticket.”

Kids can register online or at the library where they receive a reading record. Students who complete a book or read for 20 minutes can log each title. They’re invited to come to the library once a week to collect stickers. The program is completed with 30 books read or 10 hours of reading.

The “Oceans of Possibilities” theme includes a coral reef and hammerhead shark exhibit on the Main Library’s second floor.

In terms of programs, registration is required to attend the “Build a Shark Workshop and Story Time” events for K-2 children scheduled for 10:30 am June 8 in the main library activity room and 10:30 am June 9 at the Madison Branch meeting room.

The Lakewood Public Library is offering the youth summer reading club out of its recently renovated Madison Branch located at 13229 Madison Ave. (John Benson / cleveland.com)

Other summer reading events not requiring registration include:

-Virtual Checkers Library TV (June 6 through July 29)

-The Ohio Canid Center presenting “The Wolf: Fact vs Myth” with a live wolf (3 pm June 10 in the main library multipurpose room)

-Oceanography Down Under by Didgeridoo Down Under combines music, culture, puppetry, comedy, character building, storytelling and audience participation (3 pm July 1 on the main library front porch)

-Zap’s Pirate and Princess Magic Show (3 pm July 15 on the main library’s front porch)

“This year I would love to see 1,500 to 2,000 kids, which we’d have pre-COVID,” Strunk said. “We’re looking forward to this summer having even more of a participation rate than we had last year.”

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