Library to launch Summer Reading Challenge on June 1

Annual program focuses on keeping reading skills strong over the summer

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) will launch its Summer Reading Challenge on Wednesday, June 1 and conclude the program on Sunday, July 31.

Summer Reading Challenge is CML’s signature program to keep young readers from losing critical literacy skills during the summer months. Loss of these skills is often referred to as summer slide, and places children at a distinct learning disadvantage once school begins again in the fall.

Starting Wednesday, June 1, customers of all ages can sign up one of three ways:

Participants will need a CML library card in order to participate this year. Signing up is free and easy.

Once signed up, customers will track their progress as they read for 15 minutes a day for 30 days to earn prizes and raffle entries to win even more prizes.

“This pandemic has deeply impacted our young minds and their ability to learn,” said CML Public Services Director Kathy Shahbodaghi. “Helping them get back on track starts with books and reading. This is especially critical during the out-of-school months.”

After being online only the last two years due to the pandemic, CML’s 2022 Summer Reading Challenge will once again offer in-person programs and events, including three performances by musician and Pete the Cat author Eric Litwin:

Friday, June 3
Karl Road Branch | 11 a.m.
5590 Karl Rd.

Hilltop Branch | 4 p.m.
511 S. Hague Ave.

Saturday, June 4
Main Library | 11:15 a.m.
96 S. Grant Ave.

Saturday, June 4 will also mark the return of CML’s in-person Summer Reading Challenge kickoff celebration at Main Library. From 11 a.m.-1 p.m., customers of all ages are invited for family fun, including an Eric Litwin performance at 11:15 a.m. and Bring the Farm to You at 12 p.m., plus games, activities, music and refreshments.

Summer Reading Challenge is supported by: CollegeAdvantage, Battelle, Kiwanis Club of Columbus, Columbus Blue Jackets, Giant Eagle, State Library of Ohio with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Dispatch Media Group, Lamar, ABC 6, FOX 28, CW Columbus, 92.3 WCOL, WNCI 97.9, 610 WTVN, Clarkson Eyecare and Columbus EWI.​

Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like School Help, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Challenge and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college and career readiness and employment resources.


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