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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

Happy Earth Day!

Friday, April 22nd, 2022 is Earth Day’s 52nd celebration! Looking for books for yourself or your littles? We’ve compiled a list of books with Earth Day themes to check out:

How can you celebrate Earth Day this year?

Learning Resources

Ancient Earth Globe (Interactive): https://dinosaurpictures.org/ancient-earth#750

Climate and Environmental Literacy Education and Action Resources: https://www.earthday.org/education-resource-library/

Earth Day History: https://www.earthday.org/history/

Geology of Ohio: https://ohiodnr.gov/discover-and-learn/rock-minerals-fossils/geology-of-ohio

More Earth Day History: https://www.epa.gov/history/epa-history-earth-day

Recycle Right: https://recycleright.org/

Wiki Watershed: https://wikiwatershed.org/

52 Ways to Invest in Our Planet: https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-tips/

PCPL’s Spring Break To-Do List

Looking for some fun, and FREE, activities to do over spring break? Look no further, Plain City Public Library has you covered! Check out the ideas below to read, walk, learn, and create your way through spring break. (And did we mention they’re all FREE?)

Visit the StoryWalk at Pastime Park

Visit the StoryWalk® at Plain City’s Pastime Park, an innovative and delightful way for children — and adults! — to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Pages from a children’s book are displayed in cases, which are installed along the walking path at Pastime Park. As you stroll down the trail, you’re directed to the next page in the story. Find out more about the StoryWalk®.

Find a great NEW book to read

Why not dive into a new book? Check out lists of new and recommended books to place holds online or make a trip to the library to see what new releases are available so you can take one home today.

Test out a new recipe

Check out PCPL’s new Cookbook Club! Grab a copy of our featured cookbook, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Wisdom from an Obsessive Home Cook by Deb Perelman make a recipe or two, and join us for a potluck and discussion. Find more information here.

Pick up a Take & Make Kit

While waiting for spring outdoors, bring a little green indoors with a mini terrarium Take & Make kit.  A limited number of kits will be available for pick up and include everything needed to start a pint-sized jar terrarium at home, including a unique surprise mini figure. Supplies are limited and are available beginning March 17!

Check out a puzzle, game, robot, or Snap Circuit kit

PCPL has a large collection of puzzles and board games for all ages, as well as Botley coding robots and Snap Circuit kits*! A rainy spring day is the perfect time to work on a 3D puzzle or try a new game. From Candy Land and card games to Avengers Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit, the library has a game for everyone! You can even check out a kit to host your own murder mystery.

*Please note that only established PCPL patrons are eligible to check out these items

Stop by a Little Lending Library

Little Lending Libraries are 24/7 book-sharing boxes that typically include books for children, teens, and adults. Take or give as many books as you’d like! Little Free Libraries have been popping up all around Plain City. You can find an interactive map of Little Lending Libraries in the Plain City area here.

Don’t forget to tag us in your social media posts! Use #PCLibrary to let us know which to-do’s you’ve checked off your list. Have a fun and safe spring break!

Your Personal Librarian

Have you ever wished you could have a personal shopper…at the library? Whether you’re short on time or are in a reading rut and want to discover a new author, our team of librarians will pick out your material for you!

We ask for 24 hours notice and a limit of 10 items per patron per pickup. Patrons can request collections for pickup as often as they like. Just answer a few questions and Your Personal Librarian will be happy to select books and other materials just for you! Click here to get started:

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