Summer Lit League Registration Now Open

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Puppets are the stars of Cleveland Public Library’s 2019 Summer Lit League program, which runs June 3 through July 26.

With a theme of “PuppetPalooza” and a full lineup of events, community celebrations, hands-on learning experiences, and giveaways, Cleveland Public Library’s 2019 Summer Lit League program is poised to be bigger and better than ever. Young readers are encouraged to register now for this summer reading program, which begins June 3 and culminates at the CPL150 Street Festival on July 27.

“At Cleveland Public Library, we strive to foster a love of reading among the young people in our city,” says Felton Thomas, Jr., Executive Director and CEO. “This year, to celebrate our 150th anniversary, our Summer Lit League programming will go above and beyond anything we’ve done before. From puppetry workshops to author appearances, neighborhood celebrations, and an impressive selection of giveaways, we’re ready to help kids and teens get excited about reading this summer.”

Summer Lit League is open to children from birth through age 18. Participants are separated into three age groups: Early Learners (0-4), Kids (5-11), and Teens (12-18). Early Learners and Kids must read at least ten books to complete Lit League, and Teens must read at least three. The “PuppetPalooza” theme is not only a nod to the Library’s The World of Puppets exhibit, but will also be integrated into weekly youth workshops held at all branches. Workshops will focus on making puppets, storytelling through puppetry, building puppet stages, and more, and will conclude with puppet performances created, led, and performed entirely by participants.

“Reading over the summer helps kids and teens build vocabulary, stay engaged, and show up to the new school year better prepared,” says Erica Marks, Youth Outreach and Programming Coordinator. “Lit League provides the chance to get involved in your community and be creative throughout the summer months—and to win awesome prizes just for reading.”

Readers who successfully complete Lit League and attend the CPL150 Street Festival will have the chance to win prizes that may include, depending on the age group: tickets to see The Lion King at Playhouse Square, a Nintendo Switch game system, a Kindle

Fire, an Apple iPad, Beats headphones, tickets to the Children’s Museum of Cleveland, Chipotle coupons, backpacks full of school supplies, and more.

All Lit League programs are free and open to the public.

Events and programs include:

Free Summer Lunch

Weekdays, June 3 – Aug 9 from 11:30am – 12:30pm

In partnership with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, all Cleveland Public Library locations offer free summer lunches to kids and teens.

Summer Lit League Programs

Tuesdays, June 4 – July 23 at 1pm

All Library branches will offer weekly puppet workshops for kids and teens, who will put on a puppet show at the end of the summer.

Lit League Lounge at Parade the Circle

Saturday, June 8, Wade Oval at University Circle, 10am – 4pm

Join the Library at Parade the Circle for puppet shows, special prizes, giveaways, balloon twisting, crafts, and more.

CLE Reads Book Fest

Saturday, July 13 at Edgewater Park, 10am

This free book festival is presented in partnership with College Now Greater Cleveland to celebrate teen literature. Young adult (YA) authors Mark Oshiro, Mindy McGinnis, Tiffany Jackson, and others will appear.

CPL150 Neighborhood Celebrations

Tuesday, June 18 at Lincoln Park Farmer’s Market, 3pm – 7pm

Wednesday, July 10, Jefferson Rocks at Jefferson Park, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Join us at these neighborhood events for family fun, prizes, and entertainment. Stay tuned for details concerning additional park events occurring this summer, as well.

CPL150 Street Festival

Saturday, July 27, Main Library, 1pm – 5pm

Cleveland Public Library is shutting down the street and celebrating! Enjoy family friendly activities, attractions, and performers including Eric Litwin, Raúl the Third, Hiplet, and more. Local library branches will be closed, and free shuttle buses will transport patrons downtown for this special day. Lit League prizes will be awarded in person at the Street Festival.

To learn more and to register for Summer Lit League, please visit