Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World

The Children’s Department of the Massillon Public Library invites children from preschool age through those entering sixth grade to experience Build a Better World by joining the Summer Reading Program!

Participants will receive a booklet complete with a schedule of programs at all Massillon Public Library locations, contests, story times, book clubs, special Bookmobile stops, and the all-important reading log. Registration for the Summer Reading Program will continue throughout the program's eight-week duration.

Children and parents will keep track of the amount of time spent reading or being read to, and when they meet their weekly one-hour goal (but we encourage much, Much more!) they can return to the library and enter to win a prize! All entries received through July 22 will be put into a grand prize drawing for a very special Bookmobile Party for two lucky participants from each of the library’s locations. The winners will receive a party package (for up to 9 of their friends!) complete with a visit from the big blue bus, a craft project, refreshments and a story.

Each week, materials will be available for a different "make & take" craft, such as toilet paper roll bumble bee, a clothespin fish, and a dump truck. The Summer Reading Program mascot, Carl the Construction Cone, will be hidden in a different location within the library each week. Those finding him can enter a drawing to win a prize. A prize will also be awarded to the winner in our weekly “Guess How Many in the Jar” contest.

Some of the many exciting events planned are: Traveling Tech Lab, Wild Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation with Stark Parks, and a visit from the Stark County Humane Society. A complete schedule of events is available in the Children’s Department and on the library’s website.

The library’s bookmobile will be a Summer Reading Program on wheels, and will offer drawings and prizes, and have lots of fun new books on board for all to borrow. Schedules of summer bookmobile stops, as well as the events at the library’s branches in Brewster and Navarre, are available at the library, on the library’s website, or on the big blue bus.

Studies show that children who do not read over the summer can lose up to two months of reading achievement and language skills. Participating in a Summer Reading Program, where the emphasis is on fun but still revolves around reading, can help a child start the upcoming school year at an advantage rather than a disadvantage. For more information about Massillon Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, contact the Children’s Department at 330.832.5037.

Massillon Public Library…Proud to be an independent library system since 1899, working with other libraries to fulfill your needs. Visit our locations in Massillon, Brewster, Navarre, and our bookmobile!