A longtime Upper Arlington Public Library reading program has changed names to reflect its inclusiveness and collaborations with community organizations.

A longtime Upper Arlington Public Library reading program has changed names to reflect its inclusiveness and collaborations with community organizations.

Since June 1969, the UAPL has offered a Summer Reading Club that sought to promote literacy among children.

Over the years, the program has evolved to include people of all ages, and this year, the library has renamed and repackaged it to expand its reach among people, organizations and activities in Upper Arlington.

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, people of all ages can sign up for the Upper Arlington Public Library's Summer Library Club at summerlibraryclub.org, or in person at any UAPL branch.

Like the program it replaced, the Summer Library Club will encourage patrons of all ages to read and maintain a log of those efforts.

However, organizers also hope to spur members to explore the community, take part in local history excursions or the Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation Tree Trek and learn more about organizations that serve the city.

"While promoting literacy continues to be the main purpose behind the program, we have added fun, educational activities that everyone can enjoy," said Dena Little, youth services manager at the library. "This is a librarywide program for patrons who visit all of the public service departments, not just the youth departments.

"In fact, many of the ideas for the activities came about through collaboration among library departments and branches, as well as through collaboration with community organizations."

Little said there are 60 Summer Library Club activities from which to choose.

In addition to exploring the community and bolstering patrons' knowledge, she said the program encourages "experimental learning."

"By adding community, library, virtual and at-home activities, we hope to inspire participants to take advantage of everything that their community and library has to offer," Little said. "These goals reflect the library's mission to help the community explore current topics, UA heritage and world issues; to provide a central place for the citizens of UA to gather and share ideas; and to encourage its residents to grow through a lifetime of learning."

For those who sign on, there is one reading log for all ages that's available for download. Participants can then keep track of the hours they've read and the activities they've explored.

Participants can log their hours in their online account or at the library, and the website provides recommended club activities.

A variety of prizes, including gift certificates to local restaurants and discounts for library fines or city parks and rec programs, are available to club members.

Those who amass 20 hours of reading and 20 activities officially complete the Summer Library Club and earn a free book. They also qualify for a grand prize for their age group; prizes range from baby and toddler books and toys, to tickets to Marvel Universe Live! and Comic-Con and a bundle of gift cards.

"Summer Library Club is free," Little said. "The Friends of the Library sponsors our summer reading program each year, and without them, we would not be able to provide such a value-packed program.

"There are a few activities that do require website registration and some others that require a library card," she said. "It will be a fun program filled with exploration, reading and discovery."