Calling all kids!
Want to participate in the Summer Reading Program? Just visit us at any of our five library locations or the Bookmobiles and get registered beginning June 3rd. We’ll give you an entry card. Check out something great to read and when you return your items we will stamp your entry card. Once you receive 5 stamps on your entry card, fill out the back and enter it for our prize drawing.
You can choose which prize you would like to win by writing its number on the back of the entry card. Prizes are the same at all locations. You may enter at any branch. Prize winners will be announced the week of August 5th.
To find out what great activities are happening at a library location near you, click on one of the branch locations listed below.
A special thanks to the Friends of the Library and the Young Woman's Mission for helping to support the Summer Reading Program.
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Squirreled Away: A Library Scavenger Hunt (all ages)
Monday, June 3rd through Friday, June 21st
Come in anytime between June 3rd and June 21st to lookout for little creatures that have burrowed and hidden away in our library! Pick up a clue sheet at the front desk and turn it in when you have spotted all of the critters! All completed entries will be entered to win an underground themed treat.
Wednesday, June 19th — Join us throughout the day for fun activities!
Wiggle Worms Storytime (ages 5-9) 10:30 AM
Come find out who Walter the Waltzing Worm is, learn what a worm writes in his diary and discover much more during this storytime filled with books, songs and games. Registration is required.
Worm Burgers: Drop in Snack Craft (all ages) 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Join us to have some fun making and tasting Worm Burgers. These tasty treats will leave you squirming, wiggling and giggling for more!
Worm Races (all ages) 2:00 PM
The Enon Branch is hosting its first ever worm races. Bring and name your own worm. Prepare to see which worms are fast, which worms are slow, and which worms won’t go. Let’s have some fun cheering on our wiggly, squiggly friends. Registration is required.
Silly Safaris (all ages)
Thursday, June 27th, 11:00 AM
It's time to dig into reading, and this summer Silly Safaris is going underground to bring you some amazing animals for summer reading. As always you'll see your favorite furry, feathered, scaly and even slimy friends live and in person. Registration is required. Space is limited.
Dig It? … Draw It! With Jeff Nicholas (grades K-8)
Thursday, July 11th, 11:00 AM
Jeff Nicholas’ program entertains the audience with original illustrations and humorous stories while teaching how to create his quirky, underground characters using a simple "draw along" cartooning method. All materials for the program will be supplied. Registration is required.
Dig Into the Past (grades 1-8)
Wednesday, July 17th, 1:00 PM
Mr. Larry Yowler will open this program with information about the Fort Ancient Native Americans, then we will travel through the past exploring the age of the dinosaurs, ancient Egypt and more. Join our expedition as we travel the lands of the past and dig into the artifacts from these times. The majority of this program will be hands on, so prepare to have some fun exploring! Registration is required.
Dig Into Bricks (ages 6-12)
Wednesday, August 7th, 10:30 AM
Calling all LEGO fanatics! Join the fun as Kyle and Rachel Peterson from Blokhedz in Yellow Springs join us in jumpstarting our LEGO Club. Check out the display case in August. Will your creation be added? All bricks and creations made during this program must remain at the library. Space is limited. Registration is required.
Paws for Reading (ages 5-12)
Wednesday, August 14th 10:30-11:30 AM
Our furry friends are back and they are eager to listen to some reading pals. School is about to start, so it is time to brush up on those reading skills that may have gotten a little dusty during the summer. Call the library at 864-2502 and secure your 15 minute time slot to read. Children may bring a book from home or choose one from the collection at the library.
Those Digging Dogs! (ages 5 & up)
Wednesdays: June 5th, June 19th & July 10th, 1:00-2:00 PM
(15 minute intervals)
Join the Bow Wow Book Brigade with Best Friends Pet Assisted Therapy to make a new friend and build your reading skills, as you read aloud to a therapy dog.
Mark Wade Presents Digging for Library Gold (all ages)
Monday, June 10th, 10:30 AM
Meet Head Engineer in Charge of Digging, Edgar Beaver. This 40-minute program has loads of comedy, audience participation and ventriloquism that can be enjoyed by everyone!
Mondays: June 10th-Pirate Theme
& July 8th-Digging Machine Theme, 3:30-4:30 PM
School age children are invited to dig into our LEGOs to search for the perfect pieces to build a pirate themed creation on June 10th and a digging machine on July 8th. All finished creations will remain at the library.
Egyptian Pyramid Party (6 & up)
Tuesday, June 18th, 2:00 PM
Come join us as we “dig into the past” and learn about the fascinating world of ancient Egypt. Can you “walk like an Egyptian” and build a pyramid? Have you ever wanted to learn how to write your name in hieroglyphics? You’ll do this and more as we play games and we make some cool Egyptian crafts.
“Plant a Little Seed” Storytime (2-4 year olds)
Thursday, June 27th, 11:00 AM
Learn about gardening while having fun with stories, songs, fingerplays, magnetic boards, games and crafts.
Wildlife Encounter with the Brukner Nature Center (all ages)
Monday, July 1st, 10:30 AM
Join us for a hands-on experience with a dry, scaly snake and a cool, smooth salamander. Observe a Virginia possum munching on grapes and discovering his thumbs and rough, semi-prehensile tail.
Dinosaur Day (all ages)
Tuesday, July 16th, 1:00-3:00 PM
Stop in anytime between 1:00-3:00 PM for a roaring good time as we celebrate all things dinosaur! Dig for a dinosaur surprise, play some games and make some cool crafts to take home. Even enjoy some fossils you can eat with our prehistoric dirt.
Wonderful World of Wigglers (all ages)
Wednesday, July 31st, 10:30 AM
Penny Dunbar from National Trail Parks and Recreation District and Master Gardeners, will entertain worm enthusiasts with a story and talk about worm bin composting. See live red worms, find out what they eat and learn other fascinating facts.
Dig Into Reading with Mr. Puppet (all ages)
Monday, August 5th, 10:30 AM
This week’s activities celebrate the grand finale of our summer events. Come and enjoy this variety show of ventriloquism and comedy, featuring Cousin Joey the Mouse, a dinosaur puppet, skeleton puppet and many more!
Star Wars Event…Can You Dig It? (families w/children ages 6 & up)
Saturday, August 10th, anytime between 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM
Invited you are to a Jedi tryout. Do you have what it takes to be a Jedi? Come dressed in appropriate Star Wars attire, if you like. We’ll have lightsaber training, test your Star Wars knowledge, plus Pit Droid Pizza (provided by Chillicothe Street Pizza) and Yoda Soda at the Mos Eisley Cantina. Each child will receive a ticket for a slice of pizza. Bring your camera for Jedi Graduation. May the force be with you.
Additional parking for all activities is available in the shared parking lot at the Catholic Church.
Mark Wade Presents Digging for Library Gold (ages preschool & up)
Monday, June 10th, 2:00 PM—Gaier Room
Be ready for laughter and amazement when ventriloquist Mark Wade and his puppet pals go looking for library treasure. Mark’s fun show features comedy and lots of audience participation. **Please see note.
Toddler Storytime (ages 15 months-3 years)
Tuesdays: Beginning June 11th through July 23rd, 9:30-10:00 AM—Gaier Room
Engages toddlers with books and learning through stories, music and movement. Younger lapsit children are welcome.
Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5)
Tuesdays: Beginning June 11th through July 23rd, 10:30-11:15 AM—Gaier Room
Prepares preschoolers for later reading success through interactive stories, songs and crafts.
Daycare Storytime (ages 3-6)
Wednesdays: Beginning June 12th through July 24th, 10:30-11:00 AM—Gaier Room
Just for daycare and youth groups bringing five or more children. Features interactive stories, songs and rhymes.
Different themes help get children excited about books and reading.
Discover Gnomes and Fairies (ages 5 & up)
Thursday, June 13th, 2:00 PM—Gaier Room
Explore the magical hidden world of gnomes and fairies. Hear a story, create your own fairy or gnome house to take home, play games and enjoy a sweet treat. Please show up on time so no one gets left out. **Please see note.
Bow Wow Book Brigade with Best Friends Pet Assisted Therapy (ages 5 & up)
Wednesdays: June 26th, July 17th & August 21st, 2:00-3:00 PM—Lenski Program Room
Dig into reading with therapy dogs. Make a new friend and build your reading skills and confidence as you read aloud to your new pals.
LEGO Club (grades K-6)
Thursdays: June 20th & July 18th, 2:00 PM—Gaier Room
Build with us and meet other LEGO fans! Just bring your imagination and we’ll supply the LEGOs. LEGO creations will be selected each month for display at the library. **Please see note.
Dinosaur Dig (ages preschool & up)
Thursday, July 11th, anytime between 2:00 & 3:00 PM—Gaier Room
Dig into dinosaurs with a variety of fun games and crafts. Make a hatching dinosaur, play triceratops ring toss, go bowling with a dinosaur egg and more. Don’t forget to sign in for your chance to win a dinosaur book! **Please see note.
Wildlife Encounter with Brukner Nature Center (ages preschool & up)
Monday, July 22nd, 2:00 PM—Gaier Room
Wildlife ambassadors from Brukner Nature Center will visit the library for a great program featuring live animals. Learn about these amazing animals and conservation efforts to protect them. **Please see note.
Pirates Ahoy! (ages 5 & up)
Thursday, July 25th, 2:00 PM—Gaier Room
Sail the high seas without ever leaving the library. Hear a pirate story, enjoy a snack, create your own pirate gear and learn to talk like a pirate. Play pirate bingo for a chance to win a prize! Please show up on time so no one gets left out. **Please see note.
**Note: Space in the Gaier Room is limited. We cannot guarantee that everyone who comes to this program will be able to participate. We cannot accommodate groups greater than 10 people from the same organization.
Fairies, Gnomes & Trolls...Oh, My! (families)
Wednesday, June 5th, 6:30 PM—Meeting Room
As a family, create a whimsical miniature gardenscape that gnomes and fairies can call home. You design it, you make the “little folk” and if you dare, add a troll to your make-believe world. Registration is required.
Kid’s Crafts @ Park (ages 3-12)
Wednesday, June 12th & Thursday, July 25th, 3:00-4:30 PM—Meeting Room
On June 12th, kids may drop in anytime between 3:00 & 4:30 PM to create a bookmark. You can step back into the 70’s and make a gum wrapper chain bookmark, fold your way through an origami corner bookmark or be creative and decorate a bookmark any way you choose. On July 25th kids are invited to chase away the summer doldrums and explore their crafty sides. We’ll have several great projects to choose from.
Dig Into Reading with Mr. Puppet (families)
Wednesday, June 19th, 3:00 PM—Meeting Room
Come enjoy this variety show of ventriloquism and comedy featuring Cousin Joey the Mouse, a dinosaur puppet, skeleton puppet and many more! Space is limited. Pick up entry tickets at the Park Circulation Desk one hour prior to the performance.
Dig Into History (ages 8-12)
Wednesday, June 26th, 2:00 PM—Meeting Room
Join Captain James and Mrs. Kay Ruley for a fun-filled hour as you discover photography, music and flags used during the Civil War. View actual Civil War heirlooms as you are taken back in time to 1865. Registration is required.
Discover New Trails with Mike Hemmelgarn (all ages)
Wednesday, July 10th, 3:00 PM—Meeting Room
Meet ventriloquist Mike Hemmelgarn and his puppet friends. Enjoy madcap juggling, comedy, magic, balloons and audience participation! Space is limited. Pick up entry tickets at the Park Circulation Desk one hour prior to the performance.
Under the Sea (ages 3-6)
Wednesday, July 17th, 11:00 AM—Meeting Room
Discover what creatures live under the sea. Explore the underwater world with stories, crafts and other activities. Registration is required.
Green Thumb Garden (ages 7-12)
Wednesday, July 31st, 3:00 PM—Meeting Room
Make a soda bottle hanging planter to take home with you. Create a mini-environment for growing plants and having your own tiny garden to tend. Registration is required.
Dig Into Reading! Animals that Live Underground (all ages)
Thursday, June 27th, 2:00 PM—Meeting Room
Join us at the library for an afternoon of discovery. We will have an animal expert on hand with some "friends" to talk about and share. Space is limited. Registration is required.
Dig It?... Draw It! (children)
Thursday, July 11th, 2:00 PM—Meeting Room
Cartoonist Jeff Nicholas will be at the library showing you how you can create your own cartoons and wacky characters. Come in and listen to Jeff talk about how he creates his comics and helps you come up with your own. Space is limited. Registration is required.