Get the party popping for summer reading

Vincenzo and Bella share a bubble during the Summer Reading Kickoff Party.

Vincenzo and Bella share a bubble during the Summer Reading Kickoff Party.

Sue Durante, aka The Bubble Lady, was our special guest during our Summer Reading Kickoff Party on Thursday, and nothing could burst the fun.

Durante used unorthodox tools like produce baskets, glasses frames, crocs and her own hands to blow bubbles. She even used a hula-hoop to make bubbles so big that she could fit a child or two inside.

Summer reading has begun! Its theme is Building a Better World. Throughout the summer, the library will host programs that show kids how they can start building.

For example, we’ll host Make-It Mondays at 1 p.m. each Monday in June and July at our Main Branch. Kids will build with a different material each week—everything from Lincoln logs and tinker toys to sand.

Teenagers can also get building by visiting the Creation Station at our Lake Branch. Each month, teens can use our mobile makerspace to create and innovate different projects, including:

Evelyn sees what life looks like from inside of a bubble.

Evelyn sees what life looks like from inside of a bubble.

Finally, adults can get in on the fun too. They can learn how to paint during the Monet at the Marsh program at 7 p.m. on July 12 at the Headlands Community Center.

Also, authors Mindy McGinnis and Claire McMillan will visit us on June 20 and July 26, respectively, to discuss how they build better stories.

Everyone who participates in the our summer reading program has a chance to win prizes. Those prizes include gift cards from local businesses, tickets to the Great Lakes Science Center and Cleveland Botanical Garden, as well as passes to Lake Metroparks Farmpark or the City of Mentor’s pools and ice rink. Kids who read or are read to up to 15 hours will also receive a Library Champion lawn sign and window cling.

The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

For more information on our summer reading program, call us or check out our event calendar.

Eva blows a bubble of her own from inside the bubble.

Eva blows a bubble of her own from inside the bubble.

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