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SUMMER FUN!

Welcome to summer! Enjoy the 100th anniversary of Summer Read, programs for kids and adults, performances, concerts, and more!

Three easy ways to get started:

Three easy ways to finish:

  • Turn in your completed paper tracker at any location.
  • Fill out this quick completion form (we’ll also send the form to everyone who registered.)
  • Submit your completion with Beanstack if you are using Beanstack.

We have prizes!

  • Sign-up prize: everyone gets a pencil bag when they sign up. If you sign up in person, you’ll get your bag immediately. If you sign up with the form or Beanstack, stop at any location and get a bag.
  • Midway prize for kids and teens: a mood pencil for your sign-up bag.
  • Completion prize: kids and teens choose a book to keep from our special selection, and adults get a mug.
  • Grand prizes: upon completion, you are automatically entered into the grand prize drawings for prizes such as Nintendo Switch Lites, Kindles, Cricuts, Fitbit trackers, gift cards, and more!
  • Prizes available while supplies last.
  • All prizes must be picked up in person by August 17, 2024.

Group sign-ups are welcome! Call any location to register.

Here is a reading tracker you can download to print or share with your students.

Here is a Summer Fun promotion card you can download to print or share with your students.

Help connect students and families with Summer Read and Library programs by using the copy below in your newsletters and social media. 

Newsletter copy for your end-of-year school newsletter:
Read books and earn prizes with the Library’s Summer Read! Kids and adults, just read 30 days between June 1 and August 3. Simply provide your email on this form, and you will be signed up for Summer Read. The Library will email you in August to ask you how many books you have read, and you will be entered into the grand prize drawings.

You can stop by any Library location to get your sign-up prize and also a tracking card to help make summer reading even more fun.

Sample Summer Read posts for your social media accounts:
Before school is out for the summer post:

Time for the Library’s Summer Read! just read 30 days between June 1 and August 3. Provide your email on this form, and you will be signed up for Summer Read. You can stop by any location to get your sign-up prize and also a tracking card to help make summer reading even more fun.

Midsummer post:
There’s still time to read 30 days for the Library’s Summer Read! Provide your email on this form, and you will be signed up for Summer Read. You can stop by any location to get your sign-up prize and also a tracking card to help make summer reading even more fun.

Sample free programs post for your social media accounts:
Before school is out for the summer post:

The Library has hundreds of free programs to keep students engaged over the summer. Check out their full calendar!

Midsummer post:
There is something for everyone with free Library programs. Check out their full calendar!

Library summer reading programs began in the 1890s to encourage school-age children to use the library and read during their summer vacation months. They have become one of the most universal programs in public libraries and now include both pre-readers and adults. The first “Vacation Reading Club” held in Toledo was in 1924. The theme was a Travel Club and 85 children participated.
Miss Ethel C. Wright was the head of the Children’s Department from 1918 until 1955. Under her leadership, the children’s librarians of Toledo tried a variety of programs and reading clubs to encourage children to read good books during the summer months.
Visit our digital exhibit to learn how summer reading has changed through the years and to enjoy great pictures of old reading trackers and prizes. You may even find examples you remember from your own childhood!

Kids and teens can earn one more chance to win Summer Read grand prizes by completing fun activity trackers. Pick up a paper tracker at any location (or download one here.)

Visit our calendar and sort by age, location, or type of program.

Music at the Library

Featuring the Maumee Community Band

(Tu) July 16 | 7 — 8 p.m. | Maumee

Enjoy a free concert by the Maumee Community Band on the Maumee Branch Library lawn! Bring your own chair or blanket.

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Music at the Library: Lunchtime Concert

Glass City Steel (steel drums)

(W) July 17 | noon — 1 p.m. | Main Library

Bring your lunch or stop by S.A.M.E Cafe and enjoy the sounds of local talent on the library's North Lawn. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held indoors.

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Music at the Library: Lunchtime Concert

Laurie Swyers and New Moon (Americana)

(W) July 24 | noon — 1 p.m. | Main Library

Bring your lunch or stop by S.A.M.E Cafe and enjoy the sounds of local talent on the library's North Lawn. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held indoors.

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Music at the Library: Lunchtime Concert

Nikki D and the Sisters of Thunder (Gospel/steel guitar)

(W) July 31 | noon — 1 p.m. | Main Library

Bring your lunch or stop by S.A.M.E Cafe and enjoy the sounds of local talent on the library's North Lawn. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held indoors.

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Music at the Library

Featuring the Maumee Community Band

(Tu) August 6 | 7 — 8 p.m. | Maumee

Enjoy a free concert by the Maumee Community Band on the Maumee Branch Library lawn! Bring your own chair or blanket.

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