Summer Reading Clubs

May 10, 2018

Laura McShane

It's that heady time of year as the weather warms up and teachers are antsy for the school year to end. It is also that time of year, when public librarians feel an overwhelming sense of inferiority as we are tasked to keep students from falling prey to the dreaded "summer slide."

Every year, we start with good intentions and promise to "hook" the kids into visiting the library - and every year, it starts out strong and finishes with a fizzle. I hope this year will be different.

Truth be told, when the weather is nice outside, the last place I want to be is cooped up in a library. So, how do we make magic for those kids we do see at the library every day -the kids who end up making the library their home during the summer, more often than not, unsupervised, and waiting for their parents to come home from work?

The national theme for summer learning is "Rock Your World with Books," and Camp Wonderopolis 2018 is the perfect lead-in for our summer, even though the theme for my library is "Make the Most of Your World." I hope to combine both themes and find a way to make kids understand that libraries are a portal to the wonder of learning. I would love to hear from other librarians this summer on their activities. Please follow my adventures here at Wonderopolis and @LauraMcShaneCLE on Twitter.


Summer Lit League is for kids of all ages, from Tiny Tourists (birth through age 5) to Adventurers (ages 6-12) and Explorers (ages 13-18). The adventure begins June 4, so sign up today

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First 1,000 finishers receive a Chipotle coupon
Beats Headphones
Family 4-pack to the Children’s Museum of Cleveland
Kindle Fire
Southwest Airlines gift card
Tickets to the Summer Lit League finale at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Featured Events:
Lit League Lounge at Parade the Circle
Free Cleveland Cavaliers squishy balls for the first 200 Lit League visitors
Puppet Shows • Special Prizes • Giveaways Balloon Twisting • Crafts Sat, Jun 9 | 11am–4pm| Wade Oval at University Circle

Books on the Edge with Author Tiffany D. Jackson Enjoy fun in the sun at Edgewater Beach and meet Tiffany D. Jackson, world explorer and YA author of Allegedly and the newly-released Monday’s Not Coming. Mon, Jun 18 | 6pm–8pm | Edgewater Beach

Rick Riordan Presents Aru Shah and the End of Time Meet New York Times bestselling author Roshani Chokshi as she talks about her middle grade debut, Aru Shah and the End of Time. This fantasy novel is the first in the Pandava series.Wed, Jul 18 | 10:30am | Main Library,Brett Hall, 1st Floor

Summer Lit League Finale Celebration Complete Lit League and earn two free tickets to the Zoo and Rainforest for our August 4 celebration featuring the Cavs Scream Team, Z107.9, puppet shows, crafts, and the 12:30pm drawing for the Southwest Airlines gift cards (you must be present to win). Sat, Aug 4 | 10am–2pm | Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Brooklyn Branch Library Activities - EVERY WEDNESDAY 2-3 pm. | 3706 Pearl Rd., Cleveland OH 44109| Contact Laura or Cathy for details 216.623.6920.

Week 1-One Cleveland!Kick-off activities start this week with a celebration of the mosaic that we call Cleveland. Craft your own window mosaic. Wed, June 6, 2-3 pm

Whoever You Are by Mem Fox, illustrated by Leslie Staub

Week 2-Welcome to Eastern Europe:activities will include a nesting doll craft and folktales from Russia, the Ukraine, Poland, the Czech and Slovak Republic. Wed, June 13, 2-3pm

Babushka’s Doll written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco

Week 3-Explore Africa: Join us in a game of mancala and we’ll take a virtual tour of the African diaspora. Wed, June 20, 2-3 pm

I Saw Your Face by Kwame Dawes and illustrated by Tom Feelings

Everybody's Somewhere by Cornelia Spelman and illustrated by Alea Marley

Kay Kay's Alphabet Safari words and pictures by Dana Sullivan

Week 4-Discover Western Europe:We’ll talk about holiday traditions from Germany and Ireland and craft a pocket gnome to take home. Wed, June 27, 2-3 pm

Rumpelstiltstkin - adaptation written and illustrated by Paul Galdone

Week 5-Travel to East Asia: Learn about Asian traditions and complete an origami project.

Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein and illustrated by Ed Young

Yoko’s Paper Cranes by Rosemary Wells

*Thurs, July 5 2-3 pm (*Library closed for Fourth of July)

Week 6-Journey through the Middle East:Color a Hamsa and learn about this ancient Middle Eastern amulet.

Wed, July 11, 2-3 pm

Week 7-Tour South Asia:Take a virtual tour of India, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam and learn about unique traditions in these countries.

Wed, July 18, 2-3 pm

Week 8-Sail to Central and South America:Celebrate a successful summer with the dance and music from all over the world that can be found in Central and South America. Special Dance Party, cake and finale celebration with the Cleveland Junior Jitterbugs and Valerie Salstrom!!

Wed, July 25, 2-3 pm

Save the DATE- Family Finale Celebration at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Saturday, August 4th.


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