Summer programs offer more than just reading

Summer programs offer more than just reading

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“Read, Beyond the Beaten Path” will be this year’s summer reading theme at Dover Public Library.

June 1 will be the official kick-off to summer reading. Kids can stop in the children’s department to get their reading tracker, field guide, compass, and state fair and state parks coupons, and the first 150 will receive a bag from First Federal Bank.

“I’m so excited for our summer programming this year,” said Jennifer Gardner, children’s department manager.

Kids will learn how they can earn buttons for attending events or doing activities that relate to that event. They will read on their own, and based on the number of minutes they read, they will earn chances at 25 prizes, plus two grand prizes.

Grand prizes are an astronomical telescope and a camping package of a tent, hammock, sleeping bag, walkie talkie set and nature trail book.

When they complete their first tracker, they will receive a book sponsored by the Dover Exchange Club, scratch-n-sniff s’more bookmark, free pizza coupon from Gionino’s and free kids meal coupon from My Burger Joint.

They can continue reading and filling out coupons for prizes as many times as they would like until July 31. Only one completion prize package will be given to each child.

Summer programs this year will happen every week, and some weeks will have a couple programs for kids to attend.

Story times will be held every Wednesday at 10 a.m. unless there is a special program for that morning. Kicking off summer reading will be campout story time on Wednesday, June 1 and Beekeeping with Ms. Chris on Saturday, June 4, which will have honey samples for the kids to try and activities to experience beekeeping.

On Wednesday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Kona Ice Truck will be at the library. Every child that signs up that day or before for summer reading will be able to get a free treat coupon to be used on June 8 only. Other treats will be available for purchase for anyone wanting to stop by the library.

On Wednesday, June 15 at 10 a.m., Leaping Lizards will bring 10-12 reptiles and insects to the children’s department for a program.

On Saturday, June 18, the Akron Zoo will visit with some animals. Registration is required. “This is just a highlight of all the fun we will be having this summer at the library,” Gardner said.

Registration is required for most programs and can be done by calling the library at 330-343-6123. Call or stop by the library with any questions about programming or summer reading. Visit

The Dover Public Library is located at 525 N. Walnut St. in Dover.