Read Up! Rise Up! with 2016 Summer Reading Club

Summer break for children means many things—trips to the local pool, playing outside with friends, summer sports, and family vacations. Unfortunately, summer break can also mean the “summer setback,” as children can lose up to two months of reading achievement when school is not in session. Cleveland Public Library (CPL) encourages reading throughout the summer by hosting Read Up! Rise Up!, the 2016 Summer Reading Club. Registration is free and now open with the official dates running from June 6-July 30.

“Summer reading is one of the most important programs CPL provides each year,” said Felton Thomas, director of CPL.  “By making the summer reading club fun, full of activities and opportunities to win prizes, CPL encourages children to make reading a regular part of their day, to keep their reading levels strong, and prepare for the next school year.”

This summer reading club’s theme is Read Up! Rise Up! with eight weeks of fun activities focused on all things Cleveland.  Participants will earn prizes all summer long for number of books read, playing games, participating in library events, and experiencing the vast number of things to do in Cleveland. Areas of focus include Cleveland history, cultural institutions, famous Clevelanders, politics and government, public art, recreation, and sports.

The fun begins on Sunday, May 29 at the summer reading club kick-off party at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Every participant that signs up for summer reading club before Sunday will receive two vouchers to attend the kick-off party. For more information about summer reading club, including online registration, please visit