Summer reading is a favorite tradition for many families. Even though area libraries may have reduced services, limited hours or might not be open at all, many have made sure this summer staple is still an option.
Check out the following virtual summer reading programs offered by libraries in the greater Cleveland/Akron area.
June 1-July 31
Download a Summer Reading Bingo sheet from the library’s website and compete for prizes. On June 3, Summer Reading Kick-off event will feature a 20-minute animal encounter video from the Akron ZooMobile, a rainstick craft tutorial video, and short videos of librarians reading their favorite stories.
Cleveland Public Library
June 1-July 25
Join your friends and Cleveland Public Library in the Summer Lit League to make a difference in the community by reading and participating in weekly programs. Earn a chance to win some great prizes along the way.
Cuyahoga County Public Library
May 30-August 2
The “Imagine Your Story” summer reading program lets participants log their reading minutes, earn prizes and badges, and enjoy reading books and eBooks throughout the summer. New this year, the library will offer weekly STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) video challenges that can be enjoyed from home.
Cuyahoga Falls Library
May 22-August 7
The “Reading Takes You Places” summer reading program offers plenty of opportunities to win fun prizes and read together as a family. Log reading minutes and be entered to win weekly prizes, as well as a grand prize at the end of the program.
Elyria Public Library System
June 15-August 15
The “Imagine Your Story” online summer reading program has something for all ages, from birth to senior citizens. Registration and logging will be available through Beanstack, an online database that tracks reading. Participants can read anything they want, including ebooks, magazines or audio books, and will be entered into several grand prize drawings.
Fairport Harbor Public Library
June 1-July 31
During the Summer Library Festival, adults, teens and children will earn chances at prizes for visiting the library, borrowing materials (physical or electronic), reading daily, attending programs and events (online or in person), and more. All participants will receive a free book just for registering; they also will receive a new book for their home library at the end of the summer.
Geauga County Public Library
June 1-July 31
The “Imagine Your Story” online summer reading program is for all ages. Patrons can register online, track their summer reading activity digitally with Beanstack, and earn great prizes.
Heights Libraries (Cleveland Heights-University Heights)
June 1-August 15
The “Spark Your Creativity” online summer reading program for preschoolers, school-age kids and teens uses Beanstack software to log time spent reading. As participants read books and engage in the activities, they’ll be eligible to unlock badges and win prizes like gift cards, Lego sets, Beats by Dre headphones and more.
Hudson Library & Historical Society
June 1-August 15
The library’s traditional Summer Reading Program is now the Summer Learning Program. Participants will create an account on Wandoo where they not only log their reading time, but also do challenges for opportunities to win prizes. Details about the program, as well as other virtual programming, can be found on the library’s website or the Youth Services blog.
Lakewood Public Library
The Summer Reading Club is a reading program for children and students from birth through 12th grade that promotes children reading at their own pace and choosing their own reading materials. Throughout the program, the Library provides encouragement and support to both parents and students to foster a love of reading, build reading skills and encourage children to read for pleasure and become lifelong library users. Upon completion of the program, children receive a prize.
Lorain Public Library System
June 8-August 8
Join the library on social media on June 6 for a virtual kick-off featuring a special storytime with a princess from the Fairy Tale Foundations and a family dance party. Summer reading program registration will open June 6; register online or by calling your branch. Game boards will be distributed through curbside service and can be printed from the library website. There are three different, but similar, game boards so families can read and play along together. Participants choose an activity from their game board, then color in the circle when the activity is complete. For every four activities completed, participants are eligible for a prize.
Medina County District Library
June 15-August 31
The “Imagine Your Story” summer reading game offers kids and teens the opportunity to log their reading and earn prizes. Children ages birth to fifth grade who log their reading for 30 days will win a prize; kids and teens entering grades sixth through 12th in the fall who read for 20 hours over the course of the summer will be entered to win one of eight grand prizes.
Mentor Public Library
June 15-July 31
Kids, teens and adults can participate in the “Imagine Your Story” summer reading program, which highlights fairy tales, folk tales and mythology. Families can enjoy themselves and possibly even win prizes by filling out the library’s “Safe in your Castle” bingo card, which is stuffed with fun ideas for summer activities. Cards can be printed out at the library’s website.
Reed Memorial Library
May 29-July 24
Participate in the Summer Reading Challenge and be eligible for weekly prizes, grand prizes and incentive along the way. The program is open to all ages.
Rocky River Public Library
June 6-July 27
The “Imagine Your Story” summer reading program is available for families beginning June 6. Find more details and register at the library’s website.
June 8-August 7
“Picnic a Great Book” is all about food and can be done completely from home. Families can create a Beanstack account online and enroll in the program starting June 8. Kids and teens ages birth through 12th grade will earn virtual badges when they log their reading and activities. Each badge serves as a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes; a completed board wins the grand prize.
Westlake Porter Public Library
June 1-August 1
Participating families can track Summer Library Challenge progress with Beanstack. Log progress to earn fun badges, in addition to prizes.
Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library
June 15-August 1
This summer, track reading online with Beanstack (the library will still offer traditional paper reading trackers for those who prefer it). Children up to age 12 earn digital raffle tickets and badges for every seven days they read or are read to. Every child who completes at least 28 days of reading will earn a free book; raffle prizes include passes to the African Wildlife Safari Adventure Park, tickets to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Kings Island, free books, and more. Adult and teen readers will earn digital raffle tickets for gift cards.