May 17, 2001


This Summer the Public Library presents �EVERYBODY READS��

Three Novel Ways for Family Fun!


At the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County a new chapter has been written on summer reading. For the first time the Library�s summer reading club has been expanded to include something special for everyone. To encourage reading among all ages, this year�s focus is on the entire family. During EVERYBODY READS, starting June 1 through August, children, teens, and adults can participate in different clubs geared toward their specific interests. As families turn the pages together, at the Main Library and all of the 41 branch libraries, everyone has a chance to win great prizes, read great books, and attend great programs.


Leap into Books is for children up to the sixth grade. Young readers are sure to find the Library�s �hoppy-go-lucky� lineup of lively stories, including fantasy and fairytales, �toad-ally� ribbeting. Thanks to funding from the Friends of the Public Library, theme-related incentives will be offered to children who read or have read aloud to them at least 10 books during the summer. Children up to age 3 who have 10 books read to them will receive a folktale coloring book. Children ages 4-12 who read 10 books will receive a frog stamper, and those who read 25 or more will receive an additional incentive of a book related to the frog theme.


2001: A Teen Reading Odyssey is for grades six and above. Journeys into new worlds can unfold as easily as the cover of an interesting book for teens. Those who participate in reading and reading related activities will be entered into weekly drawings for prizes, with added incentives of movie passes, gift certificates, and coupons for pizza, ice cream and more. A Grand Prize drawing for a Boom Box and CD gift certificates will be held at the Main Library on Saturday, September 8.









READfest will help launch adults into summer reading. For every book read or listened to, participants may fill out an entry form for a drawing to be held on September 1. Each of the 41 branches and the Main Library will award the winners $25 gift certificates to be redeemed at one of three area bookstores. All entries will also be eligible for a grand prize drawing of a $250 bookstore gift certificate to be awarded on September 7.


Adding to the fun for kids will be a variety of frog-related activities on the Library�s web page. These include frog mazes, word searches, coloring pages, and guides to interesting books and websites with great �in-frog-mation.�


Children, teens, and adults are also invited to enjoy thousands of special free programs. Throughout the summer there will be lots for everyone�live animals, magic and puppet shows, and storytelling for the younger set; music, origami, and drama for teens; gardening, grilling lessons, and grant-seeking for adults; plus crafts and book clubs for all ages. Complete schedules will be available at all libraries or check the Library�s web page at by clicking on the special summer reading club icon.


Sign up soon at your library and start reading!



�Read-Aloud� with Guest Readers at Noon

This year the Library has designated Saturday, June 9 as EVERYBODY READS DAY so everyone can share in the pleasures of reading together at the Main Library and all 41 branch libraries. To start everyone off on the same page, at noon a special �Read-Aloud� of The Frog Princess? followed by other popular titles promises volumes of inspiration for readers of all interests.


While this is the 28th year for the summer reading club, it�s the first time the Library has brought family, friends and community members together simultaneously on the same day at all locations to share a reading experience. Each library has invited guest readers to represent their community in support of furthering literacy. They are: the teachers and principals of the schools our children attend; the firefighters, police officers, and postal workers who serve us; the political officials who represent our communities; the loyal customers who support our libraries; and the dedicated librarians and staff members who make reading exciting and enjoyable. They are the ones whom we�ve brought together on this special day to celebrate reading. The following is a schedule of who will be where. (Note: The Main Library and Anderson, Delhi Township, Green Township, and Westwood Branch Libraries will host all-day activities.)