Books, reading and a lot more on the schedule at WCPL

Books, reading and a lot more on the schedule at WCPL

In the Wayne County Public Library's Books in the Park program this summer, the Bookmobile will come to local parks for a story time all about trains.


Wayne County Public Library will offer programs this summer beginning May 28. The WCPL offers a free Summer Reading Club for the entire family. The more you read, the more prizes you earn. On top of that, every location will host summer programs and events all summer long.

Importance of summer reading

Children who do not read during the summer may lose up to three months of reading progress, and that loss has a cumulative, long-term effect. By the end of the sixth grade, children who consistently lose skills over the summer will be up to two years behind their peers.

Summer learning loss is avoidable, and the library is here to help. Even reading just five books over the summer can help prevent learning loss. Reading just 10 or 15 minutes a day as part of your routine can increase exposure to language and lead to increased skill development and retention. The more children read, the better their fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.

Join the Summer Reading Club, keep track of time spent reading and earn prizes.

How to join

Summer Reading Club will run from May 28 through July 27. Stop by any WCPL location at any time between those dates to pick up a reading log, or you can sign up and participate using the Beanstack App at

Children and teens log their time spent reading to earn prizes and/or drawing entries at every five hours read. Adults log books read to earn drawing entries.

Reading material can come from anywhere: WCPL libraries, home, comic books, audiobooks. Any time spent reading or listening to someone read counts.

New this year for Wooster City Schools students, Summer Reading Club is taking the place of the 1,000 Minute Club. When you make it to 25 hours of reading, you earn the library’s SRC prizes, and you get to choose a book for yourself and a friend when you return to school.

How to earn, win prizes

You can find a complete list of the available prizes for children and teens at the library, and the most important prizes given away are books. Children can earn up to four free books of their choice, and teens can earn up to three free books of their choice.

Children and teens log time spent reading, and for every five hours they read, they will either earn a prize and/or a drawing entry. Any time spent reading or being read to counts, so even babies can participate. There are prizes for them too.

Children can read up to 50 hours, and teens can read up to 100 hours. Drawings for teens and adults take place throughout the summer. Grand prize drawings for children and teens are held after the end of the program.

Special summer programs

Browse the online calendar of events at or pick up a newsletter to find events for all ages. Special summer events can be found at all locations throughout the summer including animals visiting, magic shows, bubbles so big a person fits inside and more.

Get outside

Visit the Storywalk at Kinney Field off Burbank Road in Wooster, as well as the library’s Bookmobile for a story time in the parks during Books in the Park this summer.

Books in the Park

Visit your local branch and the Bookmobile at the park for a story time all about trains. Registration for all ages is required:

—Creston branch, Creston Community Park, 10399 Wooster Pike Road, Creston, Wednesday, June 12 at 10 a.m.

—Dalton branch, Dalton Village Green Park, 41 Free St., Dalton, Wednesday, June 26 at 10:30 a.m.

—Doylestown branch, Doylestown Memorial Park, park entrance off Kohler Avenue, Friday, June 7 at 10:30 a.m.

—Rittman branch, Ashton Hall Park, corner of South First Street and Shong Drive, Friday, June 28 at 10:30 a.m.

—Shreve branch, Shreve Village Park, 250 Park Drive, Thursday, June 20 at 10:30 a.m.

Also new this summer, the main branch in Wooster will expand hours. Beginning June 3, the library will open Monday through Saturday at 9 a.m. and will remain open until 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

Wooster building, drive-up hours

Monday from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Local history department hours

Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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