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Summer Reading 2023

Read, Learn, and Discover Something New This Summer at the Plain City Public Library 

The Plain City Public Library’s 2023 Summer Reading Program begins May 26th! 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 26 simply pick up a reading log at the library or print one at home using the links below. You’ll have until July 31 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 lpowers@plaincitylib.org 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 coming soon

Introducing…the Crash Cart!

You may notice a new addition to Plain City Public Library programming this summer. The Crash Cart contains everything needed to bring fun and educational STEAM projects for all ages right to you! Look for the Crash Cart this summer with a new project immediately following large events at the Library.

So far this summer we’ve designed and made our own buttons and created beautiful tissue paper suncatchers! What project will the Crash Cart bring next? Find out by visiting us inside the Library following these events:

Look for these and other pop-up Crash Cart events when you visit the Library this summer!

This project was funded in part by a federal Institute of Museum and Library Services LSTA grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio.

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

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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.

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