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Summer Lit League Returns: Library Offers Cleveland’s Favorite Summer Reading Club Online

Summer is just around the corner and that means Summer Lit League at Cleveland Public Library is about to begin. Registration for the summer reading initiative opens Friday, May 1 for children of all ages. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire program will be offered online this year.

Summer Lit League runs June 1 through July 25. Participants are separated into three age groups: Early Learners (0-4), Kids (5-11), and Teens (12-18). Early Learners and Kids must read 10 books and Teens must read three books to successfully complete the eight-week program to win prizes. Summer Lit League will conclude with a family fun celebration tentatively scheduled for Sunday, August 2 at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

This year’s theme is Get Loud, Speak Out! Each week, virtual activities related to Summer Lit League will teach youth how to be active in democracy.

  • Make a Change Mondays: Get ready to make a change by creating weekly democracy-inspired crafts! This program is in partnership with Center for Arts-Inspired Learning.
  • Tell-a-Tale Tuesdays: Join our weekly special guests for Virtual Storytime.
  • Read to the Beat Wednesdays: Calling all little readers! In partnership with The Music Settlement, readers will explore books and storytelling through song.
  • Town Hall Thursdays: Speak Out, Get Loud! Unite with Library friends for moderated discussions, live music, and author visits throughout the summer.
  • Free for All Friday: All Summer Lit League participants will be entered into a weekly raffle for a cool prize!

“We want our youth to know reading is fun and their opinions matter. This year, Summer Lit League participants will learn about the role of government in their lives and how to engage leadership to create positive change in their neighborhoods,” said Erica Marks, Youth Outreach and Programming Coordinator at Cleveland Public Library. “Summer Lit League is training future leaders through reading.”

All activities will be offered online using videoconferencing software, Zoom. Families who need computer or Wi-Fi access can visit any Cleveland Public Library location.

“We invite all students and soon-to-be scholars to participate in this academic enrichment program. Summer Lit League is crucial to a child’s development. It helps with critical thinking skills, building vocabulary, and keeping minds sharp,” said Charles Byrd, Director of Education at Cleveland Public Library.

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