Get moving with Mentor Public Library’s Summer Reading programs

MPL's summer reading programs want to keep your mind and body active this summer.

MPL’s summer reading programs want to keep your mind and body active this summer.

This year, Mentor Public Library has two goals for its Summer Reading programs—get people reading and get people moving.

We’re running a trio of summer reading programs this year and all three encourage people to be active mentally and physically. The children’s program is On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!; the teens’ is Get in the Game, Read!; and adults’ is Exercise your Mind, Read!

People can start registering for our summer reading programs on Thursday, May 26, at any of our branches. There will also be a special kickoff concert for families by singer-songwriter Tom Sieling that Thursday at our Main Branch.

Throughout the summer, Mentor Public Library will host fun programs that encourage mental and physical fitness for kids, teens and adults.

On Move It Mondays, kids can enjoy activities related to keeping fit and having fun on our Read House lawn. Meanwhile, on Thursday mornings, families can walk with children’s librarians to a special story time at nearby Eleanor Garfield Park.

We also have a neat way to encourage children to exercise. When kids sign up for summer reading, they’ll get a list of activities, including playing a game of catch, flying a kite, and taking a hike. If a child accomplishes 10 or more of these activities by July 31, they’ll get a free book.

Get a free introduction to boxing this June at Title Boxing Club.

Get a free introduction to boxing this June at Title Boxing Club.

Likewise, our teen programs encourage staying active this summer. You can try yoga, learn fun and effective exercises from a certified personal trainer, and check out the best fitness apps all for fun and free as part of Get in the Game, Read!

You can also learn how to program and use Ozbots and fly mini-drones during a special program at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, at MPL’s Main Branch.

Finally, adults can get in on the fun too. The library is hosting free introductory classes to boxing on Tuesday, June 28, at Title Boxing Club in Mentor, and Tai Chi on Tuesday, July 26, at MPL’s Main Branch.

Everyone who participates in the summer reading programs—either by reading books or attending library programs—has a chance to win prizes. Those prizes include gift cards from Toys ‘R’ Us and Lake County Captains tickets, as well as family passes to Holden Arboretum and Lake Metroparks Farmpark. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

Kids who read or are read to up to 15 hours will also receive a Library Champion lawn sign and window cling.

For more information on our summer reading programs, call 440-255-8811 or visit www.mentorpl.org.

Sabrina Scipione

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