Lots of summer fun on tap at Orrville Public Library

Lots of summer fun on tap at Orrville Public Library

The Orrville Public Library, 230 N. Main St., Orrville, has lots of activities scheduled for all ages this summer.


The Orrville Public Library has a fun summer planned for all ages, and the kickoff will begin Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to noon with the start of the Summer Reading Program, which includes prizes and reading incentives for all ages.

The theme for this year’s program is “Adventure Begins at Your Library,” and the kickoff includes face painting, games, activities, popcorn and cotton candy. The free event also will feature guests like a fire truck, a police car, Scout troops and community agencies.

“Readers of all ages are encouraged to pick out their first books to begin their summer reading adventure,” said Daphne Silchuk-Ashcraft, director of the Orrville Public Library.

The library will host an ice cream social on Friday, Aug. 2 from noon to 2 p.m. to celebrate summer reading successes with a treat.

Summer story times

Registration will open for summer story times on May 28 for infants through second grade. Summer story times will run June 10 through July 22, with no story times the week of July 1-5 due to the Fourth of July festivities. Registration can be completed on the library’s website or by calling the children’s department at 330-683-1065. Story times include the following:

—Baby/Lapsit story time Mondays from 6-6:30 p.m. for infants up to 24 months.

—2-year-old story time with a caregiver Monday or Tuesday from 10-10:30 a.m.

—3-year-old story time Monday from 10:45-11:15 a.m.

—3- to 4-year-old story time Tuesday from 10:45-11:15 a.m.

—Pre-K (4- to 5-year-olds who have not attended kindergarten) Monday from 2-2:45 p.m. or Tuesday from 6-6:45 p.m.

There also is family story time with a caregiver that is designed for all ages up through second grade, which is held Monday and Tuesday from 7-7:30 p.m.

“There is also a story time we call Story Time *Plus* for grades K-2 held on Tuesdays from 2-3 p.m., and new this year is a family drop-in story time with a caregiver that does not require preregistration, which is held Thursdays from 3-3:45 p.m.,” Silchuk-Ashcraft said. “We are also having a Story Walk Challenge, which encourages participants to enjoy a new story on the Story Walk in Orr Park each month and then turn in a sheet for a chance to win prizes each month.”

There also will be a Father’s Day story time on Thursday, June 6 at either 11 a.m. or 4 p.m. This event requires registration.

Children and teen programs

In addition to summer reading and story time, other activities are planned including the Aviation Adventure Hot Air Balloon Exhibition, which will be Thursday, June 13 at 6 p.m. on the University of Akron Wayne College campus, 1901 Smucker Road, Orrville, and held in the field next to parking lot E. Come see a real hot air balloon demonstration led by pilot Shannon Rote and her crew.

“Come early and bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on the lawn while you enjoy the demonstration,” Silchuk-Ashcraft said.

The activity is weather dependent, and a rain date is scheduled for June 20.

Beginning June 1, children can take the library fish Clementine on their summer adventures by picking up a coloring page of Clementine, taking the finished coloring page with them on their adventures this summer and then sharing photos of those adventures @#FlatClementine.

The library also will host a Shark Week July 22-27, which will feature a scavenger hunt, coloring sheets, hands-on activities and photo opportunities. Additionally, each month there is a different Crafternoon for kids in third grade through sixth grade. On Friday, June 7 at 4 p.m., kid crafters will create a blown paint mixed media campfire, and on Friday, July 5 at 4 p.m., the craft will be an Olympic Rings windsock. Registration for the June event will begin May 28, and registration for the July event will open June 17.

For sixth grade through 12th grade, there will be a teen taste test challenge that will be held June 13 from 5-6:30 p.m.

“Teens will have the opportunity to put their taste buds to the test in a blindfolded taste of a variety of foods,” Silchuk-Ashcraft said.

Registration is required and will open May 28.

Adult programming

For adults, the library’s Cookbook Club will meet June 3 at 6 p.m. for a meeting featuring the “Mediterranean Dish” by Suzy Karadsheh. On July 1 at 6 p.m., the meeting will focus on “Taste of Home: The Cool Kitchen Cookbook.”

Pick up a copy of the cookbooks at the circulation desk. For the meeting, plan to prepare a dish or two to share with others. Both cookbooks utilize easy-to-find ingredients and contain easy-to-follow instructions. No registration is necessary for the Cookbook Club.

Other adult programs include the following:

—Adult Take & Make: Adults are invited to make a pair of coasters with an adventure theme. Stop by Orrville Public Library’s information desk beginning June 1 to pick up a kit that includes the main supplies needed to get started. Kits will be available while supplies last.

—Win RubberDucks tickets: Adults who sign up for Orrville Public Library’s Summer Reading Program and log a book by June 15 will earn an entry in the prize drawing for four regular-season tickets to an Akron RubberDucks baseball game.

This is just a sampling of the many activities available at the Orrville Public Library. For more information visit www.orrville.lib.oh.us or call 330-683-1065.

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