Columbus, Delaware are among those with summer program offerings

School’s out (for most Central Ohio students, anyway), which means it’s time for the annual bevy of summer reading programs at local libraries.

Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Summer Reading Challenge gets underway June 2 with a free event at Main Library, 96 S. Grant Ave. in Downtown Columbus. The program, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., includes music, food and activities. Look for performances by musician/storyteller Jim Gill at 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

CML renamed its all-ages program, formerly the Summer Reading Club, to emphasize education rather than recreation. Participants can sign up in person or online at columbuslibrary.org/summerreading and earn prizes as they read. The Summer Reading Challenge also includes a wide variety of programming throughout the system’s 22 branches. The Summer Reading Challenge ends Aug. 4. Last year, the program had 60,000 participants.

The Delaware County District Library’s Summer Reading Club 2018 kicked off May 21 and runs through Aug. 4. The program, for babies through 18-year-olds, offers prizes for children who read for six or 12 hours. Kids can register in person or at delawarelibrary.org/src. A lineup of related programming also is scheduled.

Many smaller library systems offer summer reading programs as well. Check your local branch for details.