The Tuscarawas County Public Library System invites the whole family to participate in this year’s Summer Reading program titled All Together Now with activities and contests. Kids, teens, and adults can have fun reading, attending programs, and earning prizes this summer at the Main Library, as well as the Bolivar, Strasburg, Sugarcreek, and Tuscarawas Branches from June 5th through July 29th.

Library customers can download the Beanstack Tracker app onto any of their smart devices or visit on a home computer to register for Summer Reading. Through Beanstack, participants can track reading, participate in challenges, and engage in fun literacy activities. 

“Parents are able to create a single account and add their children as readers so they can keep everything in one place and don’t have to juggle multiple accounts,” said Public Relations Associate Marisa Bleininger.

It only takes 20 minutes of reading each day to help prevent summer learning loss, and the library’s program can help. Kids are challenged to read 20 hours this summer and with each hour completed, they will be entered into a grand prize drawing. Once they read 20 hours, they earn a free book that they can pick up from any TCPL location.

Teens and Adults are challenged to read for 20 hours this summer. For each hour read, they gain an entry for the grand prize. Just like the kids’ challenge, adults and teens will be entered into a monthly prize drawing for each program they attend.

“The program is designed to help kids get excited about reading and learning even when school is out,” said Bleininger. “We know that not everyone has access to a smart device or home computer and internet, so we made sure to include a paper reading log for the challenge in our summer program guide.”

The library system will be kicking off its Summer Reading program with a party at each of its locations. Each Summer Reading Kickoff Party will be unique but will include music, food, and fun for the whole family. Dates and times of each party are as follows:

  • May 25th at 5:30 PM – Strasburg-Franklin Local School (140 N Bodmer Ave.)
  • June 1st at 5:30 PM – Main Library (121 Fair Ave NW, New Phila)
  • June 1st at 5:30 PM – Bolivar Branch (455 West Water Street)
  • June 2nd at 4:00 PM – Sugarcreek Branch (120 South Broadway)
  • June 3rd at 10:00 AM – Tuscarawas Branch (209 South Main Street)

The county library’s eight-week Summer Reading program is free and open to everyone. All five libraries will host a variety of programs geared towards adults including cooking and genealogy classes, health classes, author visits, and art and music programs. Children will enjoy themed storytimes, camps, programs, and live animal encounters, while teens can participate in anime clubs, multiple gaming competitions, and more.

For details about specific program offerings, pick up the library’s programming newsletter at your nearest Tuscarawas County Public Library System location or find it online.