Library announces summer reading programs for all ages

According to the National Summer Learning Association, all school-age children and teens experience learning loss when they fail to engage in educational activities during the summer.

With that in mind, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System has created a summer reading program designed to lessen learning loss and get kids—and adults—excited about reading. This summer, the program’s theme is “Dream, Build, Share,” and it focuses on construction and community building.

The summer reading program is free and will run all summer, from June 1 to Aug. 10.

“No one is too old, or too young, for summer reading,” said Director Nancy Levin. “When a community values reading, great things happen.”

To sign up, visit any Heights library and pick up a summer reading log and activities worksheet. All eligible parents of infants and children who complete a summer reading log will receive a raffle ticket for one of several large prizes.

Children in kindergarten through fifth grade can complete their own logs and activity sheets to receive raffle tickets. The reading log takes 30 days to complete, and children can complete more than one.

They can also receive additional raffle tickets by completing specific activities, such as signing up for the library’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program, performing an act of kindness, and attending summer reading events at Heights libraries. These events include arts and crafts programs, a movie night, and an end-of-summer celebration featuring a special guest.

The teen summer reading program is limited to high school-age teens and will focus on March: Book Three by John Lewis. Teens are invited to read the book and write a letter explaining how the book impacted them, making them eligible to enter a raffle to win either a PlayStation 4 or a generous Mac’s Back’s gift basket filled with books and reading goodies. Teens will also receive raffle tickets for attending any summer programs for teens.

Adults get a summer reading program, too. They are invited to participate by reading or listening to books for a chance to win either a Samsung Galaxy Tablet, a NOOK, or a Kindle Fire HD. They should speak with any librarian to complete an entry form for each completed book. Adults can gain additional entry forms by attending any It’s All Fun and Games summer programs.

For more information about summer reading and related programs, visit or call 216-932-3600.

Kara Whaley

Kara Whaley is the communications coordinator at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System.

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