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Summer Reading 2022

Discover Oceans of Possibilities This Summer at the Plain City Public Library 

The Plain City Public Library’s 2022 Summer Reading Program begins May 27th! The Summer Reading Program offers participants rewards for reading over the summer months. The Plain City Public Library offers a Summer Reading Program for kids (ages 3 – 12), teens (12-17), and adults (18 and up).

Beginning May 27 simply pick up a reading log at the library or print one at home using the links below. You’ll have until July 30 to fill in your reading log and turn it in to the library. Reading logs can be returned in person, in the library’s book drop, by mail, or you can email a scanned copy or photo to awarner@plaincitylib.org (kids) or lpowers@plaincitylib.org (teens & adults) and make arrangements to pick up your prizes later.

Kids will earn prizes for reading for 6 and 12 hours over the summer! Teens and adults have the chance to win a gift card, tote bags filled with surprises, and other fun prizes. The more you read, the more chances you’ll get! Plus, one child and one teen or adult will win our grand prize: a Kindle Fire!

The library will also host a series of online programs in conjunction with the Summer Reading Program. Check out our Events page for up-to-date summer program offerings.

Download & Print Your Summer Reading Log

Kids Reading Log

Teen & Adult Reading Log

Not sure which book to pick up first this summer? Check out our lists of new and recommended reads for all ages in our catalog. These lists are updated weekly with the newest library material. Check out the following lists of recommended reads for children with titles that come highly recommended by kid readers themselves! In addition to print books, most of these titles are available as eBooks in Overdrive (Libby) or Hoopla.

Recommended Reads for Birth-Preschool

Recommended Reads for Kindergarten-Grade 2

Recommended Reads for Grades 3-5

Recommended Reads for Grades 6-8

Recommended Reads for Teens

Holiday Resources & Tips

Along with all the fun and excitement, the holidays can be busy and hectic. Let the Plain City Public Library help! The Library has resources to help ease the rush of the holiday season.

Holiday Tip #1: Find a new recipe to share

Looking to try a new recipe this year? Check out one of our cookbooks – with loads of new titles and, of course, the old standards, you’ll be sure to find a tasty new dish to share: http://ow.ly/qf8550LTMCz

Holiday Tip #2: Stream holiday music

Looking for some festive holiday tunes? Check out hoopla, where you can stream music for free with your Plain City Public Library card! Visit https://www.hoopladigital.com/collection/17039?utm_marquee=yes&utm_content=homepage_Marquee1 to check out their new holiday music collection.

Holiday Tip #3: Take a break! Cozy up with a holiday read

Need a break? Curl up with one of these cozy winter reads, available from PCPL: http://ow.ly/E6mg50LTS1c

Holiday Tip #4: Experience the joy of making

Oh what fun it is to craft! Check out new holiday crafting classes on Creativebug. Access these and hundreds of other award-winning video classes taught by top designers and artists for FREE with your library card. Get started here: https://www.creativebug.com/classseries/new-releases–lookbook/celebrate-the-season-a-daily-holiday-painting-practice

Holiday Hours

The Plain City Public Library will observe the following holiday hours:

Wednesday, December 7 – CLOSED for Staff Development
Saturday, December 24 – CLOSED
Monday, December 26 CLOSED
Saturday, December 31 – OPEN 10-5
Monday, January 2 – CLOSED

Thank you for your patience as we spend the holidays with our loved ones.

Librarians on the Loose

Librarians on the Loose Logo

What happens when you let a bunch of librarians on the loose with tools and the Internet? Probably nothing good. Tune in to find out!

Episode 1: Pumpkin Chuckin’

In this video, the librarians attempt to create a catapult in an effort to chuck some pumpkins! Interested in building your very own pumpkin catapult? Check out our supply list.

Episode 2: Ghost Hunting

The Librarians on the Loose test out their ghost hunting kits at a local Plain City residence with a history strange occurrences. Visit plaincitylib.org/ghost-huntingkits for details or to reserve a kit for your very own Ghost Hunting adventure.

Plain City Little Lending Libraries

Little Lending Libraries are book sharing boxes that are available all the time and freely accessible to all. These book boxes are a free book exchange and contain all types of books: from board books and picture books to chapter books to novels for teens and adults, all books in good condition are welcome! Visitors are encouraged to take a book or leave a book. You do not need to share a book in order to take one. If you take a book or two from a little library, try to bring some to share to that same library, or another in your area, when you can.

You’ll find that each Little Lending Library is different and has it’s own character! While some Little Lending Libraries stand on public property or near local businesses, others stand on private property often near sidewalks or walking trails. Wherever they live, please be respectful when visiting a Little Lending Library.

Plain City Area Little Lending Library Interactive Map

Use this tool to locate a local Little Lending Library near you! Click the arrow button to get started using the interactive map. Know of one we missed? Contact the Plain City Public Library so we can add it to our list. Little Lending Libraries are not affiliated with or maintained by the Plain City Public Library.

We’d like to extend a special thank you to the Cheryl Brockman for initiating many of these little libraries and sharing her records to make this map possible. Recognition also goes to the Plain City Lions Club and Perry Beachy for funding and building many of Plain City’s Little Lending Libraries.

Plain City Public Library Reading Garden305 W Main St.
Plain City OH 43064
Located in the Reading Garden at the front entrance of the library.
Pastime Park North Entrance Playground370 N Chillicothe St.
Plain City OH 43064
Located at the north entrance to Pastime Park next to the playground.
Jerome Township Fire Department9689 US Highway 42 N
Plain City, OH 43064
Located in the park behind the fire station.
Plain City Public Library Community Garden305 W Main St.
Plain City OH 43064
Located on the side lawn next to the community garden.
Plain City Elementary School580 S Chillicothe St.
Plain City, OH 43064
Located on the bike path near the playground.
Private Residence440 South Chillicothe St.
Plain City, OH 43064
Located at a private residence near the sidewalk.
Private Residence919 Wellsley Way
Plain City, OH 43064
Located at a private residence near the sidewalk.
Plain City Druggist480 S Jefferson Ave.
Plain City, OH 43064
Located in a grassy area next to the Plain City Druggist parking lot.
Canaan Community Mobile Home Park5130 Plain City Georgesville Rd. Plain City, OH 43064Located behind the office in the chimney nook.
Private Residence4935 SR 38 NE
London, OH 43140
Located at a private residence across from Monroe Elementary School.
Green Meadows Mobile Home Park2900 State Route 29
London, OH 43140
Located in a small flower garden near the park office.
Mitchell’s Farms9331 Mitchell-Dewitt Rd.
Plain City, OH 43064
Seasonal. To prevent damage, the library may be closed when the farm is closed.
Unionville Center Post Office110 W Main St.
Unionville Center, OH 43077
Located in a grassy area next to the building.

24/7 Pickup Lockers Now Available

Pick up your Library material from our convenient pickup lockers, available during and after regular Library operating hours. The pickup lockers are located at the rear of the building next to the book drop. Place your holds online and we will let you know when your items are available to pick up.

Placing Your Holds

A screenshot of the library's public access catalog. A new holds request screen is showing. Pickup Library dropdown menu is circled in red and Plain City Pickup Lockers is selected.
  • When you place your holds in our catalog or using the Plain City Public Library app, select Plain City Pickup Lockers as your pickup location.
  • As always, we will notify you when your holds are ready to pick up.

Picking Up Your Holds

  • We will hold your items in the locker for 3 days.
  • You will need to bring your library card with you or know your card number and PIN to use the lockers.
  • When you arrive at the locker, scan your library card or use the touch screen to enter your card number on the screen.
  • Enter your PIN then follow the prompts on the screen.
  • A locker will open for you to retrieve your items. Your items are checked out to you when the locker opens.
  • Please remove all items and close the locker. Do not leave any returns in the locker; use the book return to return items.

Returning Materials

  • Please use the Library’s book drop for all material returns. The book drop is located next to the pickup lockers.
A photograph of the library's pickup lockers, located against the rear of the building on the sidewalk next to the book drop.
Pickup Lockers are located at the rear of the Plain City Public Library

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