COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library’s (CML) Summer Reading Club ends on Saturday, Aug. 5. But there’s still time for participants to sign up, track their reading progress from home, earn badges and prizes, play fun games and learn valuable tips to help early readers. Visit columbuslibrary.org/summerreadingclub for more information.
Be a Hero. Read is the theme of this year’s program, inviting participants of all ages to read and earn great prizes while completing reading and library activity goals. All participants need to sign up is a CML library card.
Studies show that kids who read during the summer maintain reading skills that are critical to future school success. The Third Grade Reading Guarantee in Ohio means many central Ohio third graders could repeat the grade if they don’t pass state proficiency testing. This makes summer reading even more important, which is why, in addition to Summer Reading Club, CML locations will continue to offer Reading Buddies practice sessions throughout the summer months.
Last year, 58,800 children, teens and adults participated in Summer Reading Club, which includes more than 1,000 programs to enrich learning.
This year’s sponsors include Kiwanis Club of Columbus, Friends of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Giant Eagle, Dispatch Media Group, Lamar, Sunny 95, QFM 96, ABC6, Fox-28, CW Columbus and Columbus EWI.
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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 Homework Help Centers, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Club 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 readiness and employment resources.
CML was named a 2011 National Medal Winner by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for work in community service, the highest honor for libraries and museums. Columbus Metropolitan Library has been rated a 5-Star Library by Library Journal for seven of the eight years the magazine has published its industry ratings.