Introduce your child to your own childhood best friends! Max is still a wild thing, the colorful caterpillar is still snacking away, and Mary is still looking for that door into the secret garden. Or discover new friends for your children, like Olivia and Ian; Harry, Ron, and Hermione; or Katniss and Rue. All these wonderful worlds and characters are right there in your public library, for free!
There is always a summer reading program at the library for kids and teens, and it’s a winner all around. Go into your neighborhood library and register for the summer reading program, get a participation sheet, and read! Fill in the amount of time you read or are read to, and then bring your sheet back to the library to collect your rewards and prizes as you earn them. This program keeps reading skills from diminishing over the summer (which teachers love) and keeps kids busy doing something healthy (which parents love) AND can win the kids some great prizes…which KIDS love!
The Columbus Metropolitan Library system is an award-winning group of libraries that share resources and programs across all of Central Ohio. Local small city libraries, such as Worthington Libraries and Dublin Libraries are also a part of the interlibrary loan system, exponentially expanding the array of books you can borrow from your home library through the reservation system.
Your library is a perfect FREE place to go on a rainy summer afternoon. It’s dry, cool, and full of interesting books, magazines, and computers. Our Columbus Libraries and their sister libraries have a ton of programs for all ages spread throughout the summer! Library cards are free, and so are most of the fun programs for kids.
To look up your local branch, go here and find the address and phone number for the library nearest your home, school, or perhaps close to the area where you run many of your errands! Sign up for a library card – it’s your passport to wonderful summer fun!
To look up summer events, go to the master library calendar here or visit your neighborhood library website and look at their events page. From adult book clubs, to teen crafts, to read-aloud story times for little ones, the library has something for everyone.