MCLS Begins Summer Reading Program

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio – The Muskingum County Library System is constantly reaching out to the community by offering programs and events that encourage literacy through having fun. MCLS Marketing and Community Relations Director Sean Fennell and Youth Services Manager Haley Shaw explain the Summer Reading Program along with some of the events that coincide with it.

The Summer Reading Program is a program that we do here at the library every year to get people excited about reading, keep our students learning and reading all throughout the year and not just during the school year,” Shaw said. “We have people participate through an app called Beastack or our website. You can also come in and get a paper version of the tracker. You read books, then you log your reading and then you can get prizes.”

Fennell noted that participants of last year’s Summer Reading Program registered 1.5 Million minutes of reading and he hopes to surpass 2 Million minutes this year. MCLS is promoting this year’s Summer Reading Program across all of its branches by holding events and giving away prizes that encourage learning beyond reading.

“This year we are really excited that we’re able to bring back some of our in person events and programs,” Shaw said. “We have some amazing performers coming in to do events at all of our branches as well as here at the main library. We have Leaping Lizard, who is a woman who has a bunch of lizards. She does a little talk about the lizards and you get to meet them. We have a Didgeridoo Down Under group that’s going to come and do an Aboriginal music concert. And so many other programs related to science and art and music.”

This year’s Summer Reading Program theme is ‘An Ocean of Possibilities’ and if you would like to join you can register online or by visiting any MCLS location or the Zane State / OUZ library.