*This story first appeared in The Budget’s June 8, 2018, Local Edition.
By Beverly Keller
No matter how you define it, there will be something to “rock” about in both Holmes and Tuscarawas counties this summer.
The summer of fun kicked off last Friday night at the Sugarcreek branch of the Tuscarawas County Public Library. Children and adults alike packed the house to take part in face painting, rock painting and musical enjoyment and signed up to take part in summer programs ranging from movie nights to animal encounters and even LEGO Camp.
“There will be something for everyone this summer,” Branch Manager Christine Pierpoint said of the program known as “Libraries Rock!” that will run through July 28 at the Sugarcreek Branch as well as the Main Library in New Philadelphia and the Bolivar, Strasbrug and Tuscarawas branches.
There will be storytimes, crafts and special programs all aimed at helping children read at least 12 hours. For each hour read, children will receive a raffle ticket. In addition, children will receive a free book for completing the 12-hour challenge. The grand prize at each branch is a bicycle courtesy of the Tuscarawas Dairy Association.
There are also programs for teens in grades 6 – 12 with things like art camp to a mini-comic con, and for every five items checked out will be entered into raffles for themed baskets aimed at their interests.
Adults are also invited to take part in cooking classes, genealogy and garden clubs as well as programs on art, dance and music. Prizes for adults include local attraction tickets and dining gift certificates. The grand prize is a pair of tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that includes in a free overnight stay at a Cleveland hotel.
The Dover Public Library has also adopted a similar theme for this year’s summer reading challenge.
“We do have plenty of books and programs related to music, but we want kids to know libraries have information on lots of cool things,” said Claire Kandle, youth services manager. “Dinosaurs, gems, science and nature, art, and community service, there is a rockin’ book or program for everyone!”
Registration for the reading challenge is open now until June 21 at Dover. Kids who register for Summer Reading will be required to complete 800 minutes of reading between now and July 28. They will earn incentive prizes as they go through the reading chart. When they complete their reading, they will receive 10 tickets for a Grand Prize Drawing, a free book of their choice, a t-shirt, and a family ticket to the End Of Summer Pool Party, held August 11 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Dover Pool.
A special incentive for readers is the opportunity to dunk Dover Library Director, Jim Gill. “If we reach the library completion goal [at least half who register for the program complete the reading chart], we get to dunk the director,” Kandle stated.
For more info about Dover Public Library’s summer reading challenge, call 330-343- 6123.
Meanwhile, in Holmes County, there are events every week celebrating the thought that Libraries Rock. By using various devices and utilizing library services, patrons can earn points. Those points can be translated into prizes. To get registered visit either the East Branch in Berlin, the bookmobile (stops listed on page 2), the Main Library in Millersburg or go online to holmeslibrary.readsquared.com.