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The Minerva Public Library Youth Department has plans for a new summer reading program and a variety of other fun summer activities. This year's summer theme is Build a Better World. Children will read books, complete activities, and get their reading passports stamped at the library to earn prizes.
Sign-up ready readers who will be entering Kindergarten through 5th grade anytime beginning June 5, and pick up their reading passport. All those who register between June 5 and June 12 will be entered into a drawing to win four Kings Island tickets.
From June 5 to June 19, the library will host a Minerva Architecture Scavenger Hunt. Pick up the Scavenger Hunt picture page at the library. Identify pictures of notable features of local buildings, such as the Bank and Trust clock, and return that completed sheet to the library by 7:45 p.m. on Monday, June 19 for a chance to win a special prize basket. And it's not all prizes all the time. The Youth Services department will have Kindness Wall covered in envelopes each of which contains an Act of Kindness.
Children and their families are encouraged to spread kindness and serve the community by choosing a task from the Kindness Wall anytime this summer.
The library is trying out some Makerspace programs this summer focusing both on STEM and art activities. The Makerspace will be open every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. for ages 6 and up. There is a new Tuesday rotation of summer programs for children, teens, and the whole family including movies, live-action Minecraft, an Amazing Race challenge, and much more. The library is also hosting another of its popular Teen After-Hours on June 16 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. for 6th to 12 th graders. Registration is required and Permission slips must be signed by parents.
On Wednesday mornings, the library's year-around programs for preschoolers, Book Beginnings and Story Time begin as always at 10:30 a.m. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to bring their children early for a snack every Wednesday this summer at 10:10 a.m. and get an energy boost before the stories, songs, and games begin.
On Thursdays at 11 a.m., the library will again offer the always popular ARF (Animal Reading Friends) program; space is limited and registration is required. New on Fridays this summer is "Lunch with a Librarian." Meet on Fridays at noon, beginning June 9, at Minerva Elementary School and learn about foreign countries through book and activities. Lunch is FREE for this Friday program for those ages 0-18 and is also available for accompanying adults for only $1.
Sign up kids for summer reading at the Minerva Public Library beginning June 5 and receive the Passport to Reading and the summer calendar with all of the activities and details.
Some programs have limited space so stop in or call to register for favorites.
The Minerva Public Library is located one block from U.S. 30 in Minerva. For more information call the library at 330-868- 4101. See the library online at www.minervalibrary.info and follow the library on Facebook.