Lorain Public Library System's Annual Summer Reading Program

Released On: 5/20/2019

Blast off with the Lorain Public Library System as we celebrate a “Universe of Stories” for our annual summer reading program!

Elaine Betting, Director of Community Engagement, said a national organization, the Collaborative Summer Library Program, selected the theme as 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing.

Betting said all summer there will be programs and presentations focused on this anniversary, including the summer reading program kick-off event at noon June 1 at Every Child’s Playground, 36265 Detroit Road, Avon.

“We’ll have activities such as crafts, face painting and games, all focused on space,” she said. “Discovery on the Go will also be there and the staff from the Avon Branch will be having a special story time along the trail.”

Discovery on the Go is a mobile initiative taking the library experience to our youngest patrons, preschoolers through third-graders, to focus on literacy and an introduction to STEAM (or science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics).

Betting said for the first time all participants in the LPLS, regardless of age group, will engage in the same summer reading program.

“We learned last year that families really liked being given the option to participate together, so all patrons will be given a tracking sheet with numerous stars on that represent various activities focused on reading and space,” she said. “Once they complete four activities, they can draw a line to connect them to create their own constellation. Each patron is able to complete up to four constellations.”

Betting said by turning in their tracking sheets with completed constellations they become eligible for small prizes in addition to grand prizes at each branch.

Smaller prizes will include items like star wands, pens, gift certificates for Lorain Historical Society programs and coupons for Big Frog Custom T-Shirts of Avon among others.

Grand prizes, which will be awarded at each branch, will include telescopes, star projectors and gift certificates to the Great Lakes Science Center.

As another part of the summer programming, each of the LPLS’s six branches will have a StarLab Portable Planetarium program, provided by Starry Trails, which will involve a fan-powered dome for children and families to enter.

“From there, they’ll use a projector and different disks to show where the stars are at during other seasons and how the stars align to create constellations,” she said. “One of the cool things about the presentation at the Main Branch is we’re hoping to have the dome in the big atrium we have. It would make for a great focus piece in the library.”

Betting said each branch will also have an opportunity for patrons to take part in the system’s oral histories initiative, Lorain County Memory.

“We’re going to have displays and programs of mixed media from the original moon landing and other items to help jog patrons’ memories of that time period,” she said. “And then one of our staff members will record them talking about their memories from that summer and what they remember about when the first men landed on the moon.”

Betting said there will also be a display at the Main Branch courtesy of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA, featuring memorabilia from the Apollo missions in addition to models and photos.

LPLS will also be expanding its Summer Food Service Program as for the first time it will feature five days of meals at the Main, South Lorain and Domonkas branches as part of the United States Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program.

“Many of the students who live near those branches rely on the free and reduced lunches available during the school year so it’s important for us to provide an alternative for them during the summer months,” Betting said. “There will be a free bagged lunch as well as programs and activities.”