Get ready for a colorful summer of reading and events at the Toledo Public Library. “Reading Colors Your World” is the theme for 2021.
Events include: Story Trail, online story time, Storybook Tic-Tac-Toe, Tween Book Club, Teen Duct Tape Challenge, Family Art Project: Fairy Houses, and virtual performers every week. Kids from birth through high school can sign up on the library website, www.cityoftoledo.org/library.
• Story Trail — Enjoy a story and a stroll at the same time. “The Day the Crayons Quit” will be featured along Waterfront Park. At the end of the trail, pick up a Color Walk Activity Sheet. Complete this sheet and turn it in at the library for a chance to win the green plush crayon from the book.
• Online Story Time — Visit the library website to view a fun recorded story time featuring special guests reading “The Day the Crayons Quit,” by Drew Daywalt. After viewing, decide for yourself: is the color of the sun yellow or orange?
• Storybook Tic-Tac-Toe — Pick up a copy of “Summer Color,” by Diana Murray’ at the library (while supplies last). Read the book, complete a tic-tac-toe and return the sheet to the library.
• Tween Book Club — Participants will be reading “The Fourteenth Goldfish,” by Jennifer Holms. Participation includes a kick-off pizza party, a take home box full of weekly crafts and snacks to create and consume as you read independently, and a culminating Jeopardy game and pizza party. Registration is required; limited spots are available.
• Teen Duct Tape Challenge — Create something out of duct tape that relates to a book you have read. This can be anything — character, setting, object, symbol, artistic representation — it’s up to you and your creativity to decide what to make using duct tape. Bring it to library by Aug. 1 to be entered into a contest to win a $25 Amazon card.
• Family Art Project-Fairy Houses — A free Fairy House Workshop will be held on Saturday, July 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Crow’s Nest Gallery and Studio, 305 N Main St., Toledo. All materials will be provided, plus families will go home with a copy of the book “Come One Come All to the Fairy Ball,” by Sarah Gayle Strickland. Registration is required; limited spots are available. Call the library to sign up, 541-336-3132.
• Virtual performers — This year, the Lincoln County Library District is sharing eight performers online. Alex Zerbe, the Professional Zaniac, will kick off the summer with his interactive Zoom show the week of June 21, and Mad Science with Madame Chaos performs the following week. The Zaniac’s performance and Mad Science will need sign-ups. Each week through the summer will bring a new performer, which includes Mo Phillips’ comedy and storytelling, Matt Baker’s comedy and juggling, Vicki Gasko Green’s ventriloquism, Traveling Lantern Puppet Show, Anne-Louise Sterry storytelling and Rich Ritchey, the Oregon Reptile Man. All are free.
The Toledo Public Library is located at 173 NW Seventh St. To register for the summer reading program, go to www.cityoftoledo.org/library. Pick up summer reading supplies at the library Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — ring the bell and receive your lanyard, a reading log, plus any other materials for programs you have signed up for. All participants who complete a program, including a reading log with at least 10 books read, will receive a summer reading program T-shirt, while supplies last.
For more information, call the library at 541-336-3132 or go to the above mentioned website.