As area students prepare to close the book on another school year, the Grandview Heights Public Library will encourage them to keep reading with a summer full of activities.
The library's annual reading clubs for kids and teens officially kick off next Thursday, May 30, with a concert by local musician Joanie Calem. The concert begins at 10:30 a.m.
Registration for the reading clubs begins Tuesday, May 28, said Jen Lawson, the library's interim youth services manager.
The theme for the children's reading club is "Dig into Reading."
The club is open to kids in sixth grade and younger.
Participants will be able to earn prizes based on the amount of time they spend reading paper books or e-books, being read to or listening to audiobooks this summer, Lawson said.
"They earn a prize for every four hours of reading and if they complete 20 hours, they will earn the grand prize of a summer reading club T-shirt," she said.
Parents of pre-readers can choose to mark their children's progress through thresholds of every 20 minutes they read to them or for each book they read to them, Lawson said.
Children's reading club activities will include the Wow Wednesdays series on June 12, 19 and 26, and July 10 and 24.
The series will include a program featuring an armadillo, woodchuck and hedgehog, June 12; Beneath the Surface of the Sea, in which the library meeting room will be transformed into an ocean, June 19; and a movie day, July 10.
On June 26, Just Horsin' Around will feature a visit by Jezzie Lowe and her horse from Harvest Moon Acres.
On July 24, Digging for Treasure will give youngsters the chance to dig for treasures in the sand and make their own treasure chest.
All Wow Wednesday programs are scheduled for 2 p.m., except Horsin' Around, which will be held at 7 p.m.
Advance registration for the Digging for Treasure program begins July 10.
The goal of the club is to keep youngsters' reading skills sharp over the summer, Lawson said.
"Reading skill levels can drop when children don't stay active reading while school is on summer break," she said.
About 850 children signed up for last year's reading club, Lawson said.
"That kind of number indicates that we have a lot of kids from outside our community participating in our program," she said.
The theme for this year's teen reading club is "Beneath the Surface." The club is open to students in grades 7-12.
"Once they reach 20 hours of reading for the summer, teens will receive coupons from DK Diner and Dairy Queen and be entered into a drawing for an e-reader," Lawson said.
"It's an all-or-nothing thing; you have to read at least 20 hours to be eligible for the prizes," she said.
Teens also can sign up for the library's Volunteen program. Volunteens assist with the children's summer reading program.
The library also offers a summer reading club for adults, who can earn prizes for the reading they do this summer.
All three readings clubs begin May 30 and run through Aug. 3.