This summer, we want to help you build a better world.
That’s why we’ve dedicated our Summer Reading program to building, literally and figuratively.
Summer Reading begins Thursday, May 25, at all of MPL’s branches. Sue Durante, the Bubble Lady, will build big and beautiful bubbles for the kids to enjoy at 7 p.m. that day at the Main Branch.
Then, 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.
Also, children can earn a free prize by building this summer. If they complete 10 of 20 recommended activities before Summer Reading ends on July 30, they’ll get a bonus gift from us. The activities include building a sand castle, snap circuit, a hopscotch court, a birdfeeder, fort, a house of cards, and more.
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:
- making stop-motion films on at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 27
- creating robots built from electric toothbrushes at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 24
- crafting greeting cards that light up with simple electric circuits on at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 22
We’re hosting an art contest for teens this summer, as well. They can submit any artwork with the theme “Build a Better World” by July 15. The art will be displayed at MPL’s Main Branch and the winning artist will receive a prize. Applications for the contest will be available at May 25.
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.
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. (By the way, thanks to all our sponsors who help make Summer Reading possible!)
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.