Summer Reading Programs in Medina County 2021

May 27, 2021

We’ve all heard of it...the “summer slide,” or the tendency for children to lose some of the academic gains they’ve made during the previous year over the summer.  One way we can combat this slide is by encouraging our kids to read each day while they are on break.  Just 30 minutes out of each of those long summer days is enough to mean starting off the next school year in a much better position.  Now, I am all for a relaxing and fun summer for my kids, but 30 minutes a day is completely doable.  If your kids are like mine, though, they need a little incentive to get those minutes in.  Here are some ideas to get your kids to read, read, read!

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Local Programs

Medina County District Library's Summer Reading Game

Children's Game
Ages birth through entering grade 5 in the fall.
Pick up a game board at your library.
Log your reading for 30 days to win prizes!

Teen Game
Students entering grades 6-12 in the fall (and our 2021 graduates!)
Take a trip to the mystery box after 2 hours of reading, pick out a brand new book of your own once you reach 10 hours.
Read for 20 hours over the course of the summer (that's less than 20 minutes a day) for a chance to win one of eight grand prizes!
Grand Prizes include: a Room Decor Package, Self-Care Bundle, Art Bundle, and more!
Grand Prizes awarded the week of September 6.

Wadsworth Libray's Summer Reading Program

Read Around the World with us this summer! The Wadsworth Public Library has clubs for babies, kids, teens, and adults, so everyone can participate and win prizes. Participate digitally with Wandoo Reader or visit us in-person to pick up reading logs.
Read to Me: Birth–Age 2
We want to encourage you to read with your young child to help them develop, learn & grow! This simple program offers 3 incentive prizes for every 10 books you read together this summer. Go at your own pace and just keep reading!
10 Books: Board book
20 Books: Baby toy
30 Books: Board book

Summer Reading Club: Ages 3–Grade 6
Encouraging children to read every day throughout the summer is the best way to keep their brains active and avoid the summer slide! We want to encourage healthy reading habits so children in our community grow up to be lifelong readers. In this program, children are asked to read as often as they can and keep track of their time spent reading. We are challenging you to read for at least 20 minutes per day. For every 200 minutes read, they win a prize - it's that simple!
200 minutes: Pick a prize*
400 minutes: Book
600 minutes: Pick a prize*
800 minutes: Pick a prize*
1000 minutes: Book
1100 minutes: Raffle entry for a gift card
*Includes boat craft kits, bendable pencils, rocket blasters, card games, sunglasses, and more

Teen Summer Reading Club: Grade 7–12
Who says Summer Reading Club is just for kids? Not us! We want to encourage all of our community's youth to keep reading throughout the summer. Teens are challenged to read for 20 minutes a day. For every 200 minutes read, they win a prize - it's that simple!
200 minutes: Candy
400 minutes: Book
600 minutes: Earbuds case
800 minutes: Book
1000 minutes: Gift card
1100 minutes: Raffle entry for a gift card

Adult Summer Reading Club: Ages 18+
You're never too old for Summer Reading Club! The club is simple - just read or listen for more chances to WIN! Log every time you read or listen to a book (print or digital). For every entry, your name will be entered into a raffle for things like books, local gift cards, and our grand prize - a zero gravity folding chair! Raffles will be drawn on Fridays starting June 18. You can also add your own reviews that will be shared on the Library's website and social media.

National Programs

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program

Participation is a fun and easy way for kids to earn free books. They simply read a designated number of books – library books, books borrowed from friends or books bought at Barnes & Noble – write about their favorite part in our Reading Journal, and bring a completed Reading Journal to a Barnes & Noble bookstore. Children then choose their free book from the books listed on the Reading Journal and collect their free book from a store near them during July and August.

Sync Free Summer Audio Book Program for Teens

Teens may download free audio books all summer long! 

Pizza Hut's Book It Program

Parents, join us for Camp BOOK IT! and keep rewarding your kids all summer long. Track and reward your kids' reading for June, July and August in our digital dashboard. When they meet their monthly reading goal, they'll receive a free one-topping Personal Pan Pizza® from Pizza Hut! We'll also share fun activities and book recommendations each week to keep the fun going throughout the summer! Enroll today!

Finally, here are some tips to get your kids reading this summer!

  • No electronics until reading is done.

Somehow we can get our reading out of the way very early in the day if there is no Minecraft until it’s finished!

  • Read with them.

If mom is doing it too, it makes it a little easier.

  • Have them read to each other.

Everything is more fun when we do it together!  Have your kids take turns reading out loud and everyone gets to enjoy the stories!

  • Create a cozy space.

Kids crave routine, and if they have a comfy place just for reading it can become a customary part of the day.

  • Bribe them!

Of course we aren’t supposed to bribe our kids...but reading is important enough to bend the rules a little.

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