Family Summer Reading Program!

Family Summer Reading Program 2022 Oceans of Possibilities 6/3 through 7/30


Welcome to the HBMLibrary Family Summer Reading Program 2022! The Reading Program is for all ages and family sizes! Are you ready for a summer loaded with reading, program events and prizes?! If you have any questions about anything Summer Reading related, please do not hesitate to call the Information Desk at 614-879-8448!


***Due to unforeseen circumstances, the water tag scheduled for the Completion Program has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience. We are still looking forward to seeing you at the Community Center with Newport Aquarium and the Coral Cat Sharks!***


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How does it work?

There is no registration required for the Reading Program! All you have to do is either print out the reading log from the pdf below or pick up a physical copy at the Library and read for 12 hours! Once you finish your 12 hours, bring the completed reading log back to the Library for your completion prize and to enter your ticket into the Grand Prize Drawings! There are 5 Read-On tickets per person to get more entries into the Grand Prize Drawings that will take place after July 30th. Grand Prize Winners will be notified over the phone. Everyone who completes the Reading Program also gets to attend the "Completion Celebration!" **Look for the shark below for more information!

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When does the Family Summer Reading Program start?

The Family Summer Reading Program starts on Friday, June 3rd at the West Jefferson Community Center with our "Summer Reading Kickoff" featuring Master Escape Artist Michael Griffin! Festivities start at 10:30 AM, with the presentation at 11 AM. We will have a bounce house, games, crafts, reading logs and more!

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What are the Friday Programs?

Friday Programs are designed to educate your little ones in a fun and exciting way! The Library has planned 7 Fridays throughout June and July (with the exception of July 1st) that are full of activities and/or presenters! Each program will start at 10:30 AM followed by lunch at noon for the kids. A full schedule of events is available in pdf format at the bottom of this page.

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What is the Completion Celebration?

The Completion Celebration is the finale to the Family Summer Reading Program! Newport Aquarium will be bringing Coral Cat Sharks to the West Jefferson Community Center on Saturday, July 30th for everyone who completes the Reading Program. There will be two showings: 11 AM and 1 PM. Participants may choose which show to attend. You must return your reading log to the Information Desk by 5 PM on Friday, July 29th to receive your FREE entry ticket. Along with learning about the sharks, there will be take home goodies! Make sure you complete the Family Summer Reading Program so you don't miss out on all the fun!

*1 Adult without a completion ticket may accompany children 10 & under to the event.
* Adults accompanying children 11 & over must complete the Family Summer Reading Program or purchase a ticket the day of the Celebration.
** Ticket prices for those who do not complete the Reading Program - $10 Adults, $5 Children


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Have you met "Olive" yet? Click on the turtle above to track her and see where she is now!

During the Summer, we will be following her movement across the oceans! At the end of the Family Summer Reading Program, one lucky winner will get to keep her bracelet! Two other winners will receive a bracelet for either a shark or a penguin!


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What are the Grand Prizes this year?

The Grand Prizes this year are brought to you by sponsors of the Family Summer Reading Program! Listed below are some of the highlights. For a complete list, click on the pdf below or stop in the Library and check out the display case in the hallway and the coral reef in the main library!

Beats Studio Buds (Teens only) - Donated by the Friends of the Library
10" Kindle Fire Tablet (Adults only) - Donated by the Friends of the Library
Sweet Madeline's Gift Card - Donated by a local business
4 Pack of General Admission Tickets to Cedar Point
4 Pack of General Admission Tickets to King's Island
2 Adult Wine Sampler Tickets for the Vintage Ohio Wine Festival (Adults only)


Curious about the presenters? Check out their websites!

Master Escape Artist Michael Griffin Cincinnati Museum Center logo  crystal clear science logoCaptive Born Reptiles  Jim Kleefeld Exceptional School Assemblies Extraordinary Library Programs  Mr. Molecule's Big Bang Boom! Science Show


A huge THANK YOU to all of the sponsors this year!!!!! (Listed in no particular order)

Friends of the HBMLibrary
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Dairy Queen
Greater Cleveland Aquarium
Young's Jersey Dairy
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum
King's Island
Cedar Point
Sweet Madeline's Vintage Bakery
Ohio Renaissance Festival
Carillon Historical Park
State Theater in London, Ohio
Cleveland Monsters
Ohio State Fair
Ohio Wine Producers Association
The United Methodist Church
Raising Cane's
Flyers Pizza & Subs
Pat's Pizza & Pub
Ohio State Parks Department of Natural Resources
Cincinnati Reds
Snow Trails
Cleveland Cavs
National Museum of the Great Lakes
Ohio State Parks & Watercraft