“Summer at the Library” Means Free Programs for School-Aged Kids

Posted June 7th, 2016. No comments

2016 Summer at the Library
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What do a four-time international magic champion, a trio of battling chefs, and a master origami artist have in common? They’re among those headlining this year’s “Summer at the Library” schedule!

A wide range of free programs for children and teens hosted by ACPL since 1999, Summer at the Library (formerly known as Book Camp) incorporates the theme “On your mark, get set, read!” in many of its offerings this year.

“Book Camp has been a beloved part of summers in Athens County for a long time, and it’s still here, just under a different name,” Taryn Lentes, youth services coordinator for the libraries, explained. Since literacy is not the only important focus of library programming, the revised name aims to more accurately represent this, along with attracting more families who may be new to the area, Lentes said.

Summer at the Library participants can expect hands-on activities and presentations that explore the sciences, arts, literacy, and physical fitness, led by both noted local and out-of-state experts and enthusiasts.

Youth librarians across the county have been putting their heads together to make sure this summer’s one of the most memorable yet, and that families have the option of exploring more than one county library building. “Among our different branches, we’re hosting nine programs a week, plus additional workshops and events, meaning that families can count on quality summer activities just about every day,” Lentes said. Five of the seven county library branches will also offer free lunches for kids ages 1-18.

Summer at the Library 2016 kicked off Monday, June 6th as children’s librarians Mary VanDoren and Rachel Everett co-hosted a Field Day with Southern Ohio Copperheads baseball players at the Glouster Public Library. For a complete schedule of programming and lunches, visit myacpl.org/summer, pick up a Summer at the Library schedule at your local branch, or download the complete programs page.

Watch our summer photo album on Flickr grow + listen to a podcast about summer programming with children’s and teen librarian Luke Bentley!

programs page
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