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Summer Reading Clubs are Launching Now at Columbus and Central Ohio Libraries!

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Summer Reading Clubs can keep kids entertained and motivated over the summer! Check out this list of Columbus and Central Ohio Summer Reading Programs hosted by local libraries!

As an adult winner of a Summer Reading Challenge prize a few years ago, I can personally say that these Summer Reading Programs are for all ages! And what else do we have to do during the Summer of 2020 than to read?!

Check out one (or more) of these Central Ohio Summer Reading Programs to keep your kids focused on the goal! There are prizes involved and some of them are pretty cool! 

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Columbus Metropolitan Library

Theme: Summer Reading Challenge
Dates: May 30 – August 4, 2020
Ages: All ages
How it works: Log in to the website or download the new Reading Challenge App. Enter your reading minutes on to your Game Board and compete your Reading Activity Bingo in order to be entered into raffles for prizes like gift cards, free food, books, a bike and more!

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Worthington Libraries

Theme: Magic Unbound: A Summer Reading Quest
Dates: May 20 – July 20, 2020
Ages: All ages
How it works: Receive prizes by filling in the amount of time you’ve read on your Reading Record. You can also DIY activities at home to make progress toward your prizes. You can print your Reading Record from the library website.

Westerville Public Library

Theme: Read & Imagine
Dates: May 22 – August 2, 2020
Ages: All ages
How it works: Set your own reading goal and once you reach your goal, stop by the library to pick up your prize!

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Grandview Heights Public Library

Theme: Summer Reading Club
Dates: June 1 – August 1, 2020
Ages: All ages
How it works: Use the App to track your reading online and win prizes from the library!

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Southwest Public Libraries

Theme: Imagine Your Story
Dates: May 30 – July 25, 2020
Ages: All ages
How it works: Register online to read, watch online programs and do online activities in order to earn raffle entries and prizes! The program includes special online performances!

Bexley Public Library

Theme: Imagine Your Story
Dates: June 1
Ages: All ages
How it works: Track your reading online or by printing out a paper version. Highlights include virtual programming, a coloring page to hang in your window, a bookmark contest and more! 

Upper Arlington Public Library

Theme: Imagine Your Story
Dates: June 1 – July 31, 2020
Ages: All ages
How it works: Register online and download the reading log and mark each day you read. If you read for 15 days or more, you earn a free book! 

Delaware County District Library

Theme: Imagine Your Story
Dates: June 1 – August 21, 2020
Ages: All ages
How it works: Read for 12 hours throughout the summer and collect prizes at the 6 and 12 hour benchmarks. Download the reading log to keep track of your reading. Most programs and events will be virtual. 

Pickerington Public Library 

Theme: Imagine Your Story
Dates: June 8 – August 8, 2020
Ages: All ages
How it works: Track your reading on the READsquared app and earn toys, coupons and raffle tickets for grand prizes! There is also a technology-free option! You can register for an one on one zoom story time with a library staff person and there will also be live zoom events throughout the summer! 

I will continue to add more as they are announced! In the meantime if you’re missing library story times, check out this list of  17 Columbus Based Virtual Story Times for Kids!

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Summer Reading Programs in Columbus Ohio


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How to Access Books, Magazines, Movies and More for Free Online with Your Central Ohio Library Card

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Columbus and Central Ohio Library systems offer so many free online resources to their users inducing eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, music, language lessons and more!

Using your Columbus (or other local) library card, you can access so many free resources! Whether it’s movies to watch, lessons to learn or animated picture books, families can go online to access these resources through their library’s website. 

Read through the following library locations and visit their websites to see what resources are available to card holders!

Columbus Metropolitan Library

It’s possible to access over 125,000 eBooks and eAudiobooks for free with your library card! Digital movies, music, magazines and more are also available for free with your library card!

The method you use them will differ depending on your device, but you can visit the library’s website to determine which method works for your phone or tablet! This is available for Android, Kindle, Apple iOS, Windows OS and Nook!

Some eBooks and eAudiobooks and movies are available immediately and some have limited availability.

Columbus Library also offers over 75 online research tools including Lynda.com which offers you access to courses where you can learn tons of new skills!

Other research tools include Mango Languages, AtoZ World Culture, Scholastic BookFlix, Creativebug, Kids InfoBits and so many more!


Worthington Libraries

With your Worthington Libraries card you can access 23 digital media databases including American Music featuring online access to thousands of albums, eBooks, Digital Downloads for Kids and Teens, Flipster (featuring magazines), audiobooks and more! 

You can apply for a Worthington Library Card online and all residents of Ohio are eligible to apply for a free library card.


Bexley Public Library

With your Bexley Public Library card you can access eBooks and Audio eBooks, magazines and newspapers, movies and music! As with other libraries, the method of accessing this digital content varies but includes hoopla, libby and others.

Through the BPL you can also access lynda.com and ivy league level courses through The Great Courses.


Grandview Heights Public Library

With your Grandview Heights Public Library card you can instantly access digital audiobooks, download eBooks and eAudiobooks, music, movies, TV, magazines, newspapers, Scholastic Go for kids and teachers, BookFlix for kids, lynda.com, Mango languages and more!

A library card is required to create a username and password for most if not all access to their digital collections. Any resident of the state of Ohio can register for a free card.


Westerville Public Library

With your library card you can access hoopla, freegal (music), Mango Languages, eBooks, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers! Ebooks are available for all major devices including Nook, Kindle, Android and Apple iOS.

A unique thing available through the Westerville History Center is self-guided online tours of the city! You can use an app or watch on the website. You can choose a tour of State Street, Main Street, College Avenue or Uptown Industry. This online tour includes pictures and an audio recording of the history of what you are seeing!


Delaware County District Library

Your Delaware library card will give you access to the Ohio Digital Library which provides eBooks, eAudiobooks, music and videos using the Libby app. You can also access Hoopla featuring movies, music, TV, eAudiobooks and eBooks and more! Delaware Library patrons can have six borrows per month.

You can also access Kanopy and Kanopy Kids for educational films, movies, documentaries, indie films and more!

Delaware County District Library card also offers LinkedIn Learning with Lynda.com, Creativebug, and Niche Academy.


Southwest Public Libraries

With your Southwest Public Library card you can access OverDrive, Flipster, hoopla, TubleBooks (featuring animated picture books for kids) and RBDigital. Through these services you can stream movies, TV shows, read eBooks and listen to eAudiobooks, read magazines and more!

On the DIY portion of the Library’s website you can also access creative workshops, the Hobbies and Crafts Resource Center where there are “how-to” tutorials! There is even a Home Improvement Reference Center with content focused on home repair projects! Lynda.com is also available as well as Transparent Language Online and the Chilton car repair manual.

Southwest Public Libraries’ website also offers online genealogy and history resources and an online archive of historical photos


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Two MORE Fun Libraries for Columbus Kids

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As I promised a few weeks ago, when I shared Two Fun Libraries for Columbus Kids, I’m sharing two MORE fun local libraries with you this week! If you’re tired of the same old, same old, these are some great options for a new outing with the kids!

1. Westerville Public Library

126 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081, 614-882-7277

I love the trees in the Children’s Place!

The little kid’s area has a school bus . . .

a kitchen, puzzles . . .

a police car . . .

and a great view of the new Northstar! A visit to the library and a double chocolate cookie from Northstar sounds like a fun outing we need to put on the calendar! 😉

The Westerville Library has Drop-In Preschool Storytime, Rhyme Time, Yoga Tales and more! See the whole list of events for kids and families here!

2. Worthington Libraries, Northwest Library

2280 Hard Rd., Columbus, OH 43235, 614-807-2626

Northwest Library offers a unique area for kids called Story Garden! Around the children’s area, well known children’s stories are depicted in 3D!

It’s worth a trip to this library just to view this amazing artwork! Their website lists all of the stories depicted, including the author and a brief description of each story! Looking at the website, I see so many I missed on our visit!

Inside an area called Three Bears Cottage, there is a space for play for young children with lots of toys and seating!

Northwest Library currently has some kind of programming for children every weekday and at least one night a week! See the full calendar here.

What’s your favorite local library?

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