Tie-Dye Surprise

Liam adds another spray of color to his tye-dye bag at Mentor Public Library's Read House.

Liam adds another spray of color to his tie-dye bag at Mentor Public Library’s Read House.

We hosted a colorful and crafty program on Tuesday at our Read House.

Kids tie-dyed bags that they can use to carry their books when Summer Reading kicks off today.

Sorry if you missed the fun, but the party is just starting.

As we mentioned before, Summer Reading starts today! To celebrate, first, we’ll dedicate the new storybook walk outside at 6 p.m. today our Main Branch. Then, ZAP Entertainment will offer a free magic show for kids during our kickoff party at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s Summer Reading theme is Libraries Rock. So, throughout the summer, we’ll host different programs with musical themes. There will be big-band concerts, rock ‘n’ roll authors, lip-sync battles and more.

Additionally, we’ll host Musical Mondays at 1 p.m. each Monday from June 4 to July 23 at our Read House. Each week, we’ll offer different games, crafts and activities that tie into our Summer Reading theme, Libraries Rock.

All of the programs are free to attend, though some require registration. To sign up, call us at (440) 255-8811 or visit our event calendar.

Finally, everyone has a chance to win prizes when they participate in our Summer Reading program.

Children can win one of 32 different prize packages. And the more the kids read or are read to, the better chance they have to win. Children who read at least 20 hours will also be entered into a drawing to win one of two grand prizes—a $50 gift card to Target.

Furthermore, kids who read or are read to up to 15 hours will receive a Library Champion lawn sign and window cling.

Meanwhile, teens and adults can participate in Summer Reading too by both reading books and attending library programs. They can win gift baskets, including vouchers to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame or Beachland Ballroom & Tavern, discounts to local businesses, and passes to the City of Mentor’s pools and ice rink.

It’s going to be a fun summer. See you at the library!

Sarah and Claire dye their new Summer Reading bags.

Sarah and Claire dye their new Summer Reading bags.

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