2020 Summer Reading Program

Imagine Your Story

Being mindful of safety guidelines due to COVID-19, our programs have been modified to protect everyone in our community. Please be aware that all programs are subject to change. Call the Children’s Department, check our blog, or the online registration calendar for updates.subject


The Summer Reading bag will contain everything you need, including registration information and details for tracking your reading throughout the summer. By registering online, using Beanstack from our website, you will be eligible for a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes at the end of the program. Participants who finish their summer reading can make an appointment with the Children’s Department to choose a book of their very own!

“Imagine Your Story” Summer Reading Program runs June 8 through July 25.

RiverCon @ Home Saturdays, June 6-27

Celebrate comics and fandom with RRPL’s RiverCon @ Home this summer! Register to reserve your RiverCon @ Home kit that will include materials to make your own recycled comic craft, graphic novel book discussion guides for three select titles (adult, children, and teen), a RiverCon magnet, information on our cosplay contest, and more! Kick off the 2020 Summer Reading Program “Imagine Your Story” with us!

Family Fun Finale

Consult the online registration calendar for schedule and more information, which will be posted as details are available. Come finish off your summer reading fun with us on Saturday, July 25! We’ll collaborate on a story and a have a special craft.

Summer Registration Information

For programs scheduled in June -Registration begins May 23 after 9:00 a.m.

For programs scheduled in July – Registration begins June 20 after 9:00 a.m.

Family Events

Virtual Magic Show with Rick Smith, Jr.

Tuesday, June 23, 2:00-2:45, 4:00-4:45 or 7:00-7:45 p.m.

Cleveland based magician, Rick Smith Jr. brings breathtaking magic and illusions never seen before! A Guinness World Records holder, Rick Smith Jr.’s skills have been seen on television shows nationwide. Register online, including your email address and you will receive an invitation to join the event.

Virtual Storytelling Event featuring Lyndsay Bonilla

Tuesday, June 30

Local storyteller, Lindsay Bonilla invites you to come along on a journey of the imagination as we step into stories featuring fantastical creatures from around the world! We’ll meet magical dragons in China and a wish-granting fish in Germany. Audience members will become active participants in the stories as they make sound effects and do kinesthetic movements that go along with the story. Get ready to let your imagination run wild as we embark on a fantastical story journey together! This event will be presented on the Library Facebook page.

Children’s Summer Programs – Registration required.

Virtual Baby & Me Story Time

For babies and toddlers and their caregivers. Mondays, June 1 – July 27 Missing Baby & Me at the Library? Register to receive a weekly video from Mrs. Fisher with fun songs, stories, and rhymes for you and your baby to enjoy at home.

Kindergarten, Here I Come @ Home     

For ages 3-6 Thursdays, June 4—July 30 We’re taking the best parts of Kindergarten, Here I Come and sending it directly to you! Register to receive weekly emails from Ms. Amanda with stories, songs, rhymes, and activities designed to strengthen key skills for school success. Help yourpreschooler transition to Kindergarten from home!

Connecting for Kids (in lieu of Adapted Story Time)

For children with special needs and their families. Connecting for Kids provides education and support to families with concerns about their child. We serve all families, including those children with and without formal diagnoses. CFK offers educational programs, support groups, a Parent Match Program and numerous resources. https://connectingforkids.org

Drive-in Movie

For ages 3-5 Tuesday, June 9 Bring the fun of a drive-in theater into your living room. Register for your car-making kit! After this fun family craft project, settle in with one of the Library’s streaming services or your favorite feature film.

Unicorn Magic

Family event Friday, June 12, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Join us for a live ZOOM experience to explore the magical world of unicorns through books, songs, games and crafts. Participants will be able to pick up a packet prior to the program with materials and supplies to use during the program. Register online, including your email address and you will receive an invitation to join the event.

Movin’ with Books and Music at Home

For ages 4-6 Monday, June 29 Register to receive an online video program of movement, music and books with Miss Donna to enjoy at home. Participants will be able to pick up a packet prior to the program with directions and supplies to make their own magical rainbow streamer. Register online, including your email address and you will receive an invitation to join the event.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover @ Home: Royal Academy

For ages 5-8 and their stuffed animal friends Wednesdays, June 10 or July 1, 6:15 p.m. Put on your favorite pajamas and bring your most adventurous stuffed animal friend for an enchanted digital story time! Get your toy ready for royal life with an enchanting story and craft before you tuck them for the night! Participants can pick up their royal sleepover kit at the library and join us for a live virtual story time.

Crafting with the Curator, Jr.

For students completing grades K5 Saturday, June 20. Consult the online registration calendar for scheduled time. Sign-up to pick up a kit to make your own ceramic piece of art! Our Cowan Curator will provide instructions and supplies to make your own air dry tile along with a brochure on the history of the Cowan Pottery Studio’s tile production.

Virtual Reading Partners

For Rocky River students in grades 1-2 during the 2019/2020 school year Tuesdays, June 9, 16 & 23 or Thursdays, June 11, 18 & 25, 3:00 p.m., 3:20 p.m., 3:40 p.m., 4:00 p.m. or 4:20 p.m. For three weeks, younger students are paired with older students over a video conference, moderated by Ms. Heather for a positive reading experience. Children can read favorite books from home or choose from a guided selection of books that will be screen shared by Ms. Heather. Please select the day and time that works best for your child. Partners will meet on the same day and time each week. Each reading session is 15 minutes. All participants must be able to commit for the full 3 weeks. An invitation to the online meeting will be sent to you after your registration is complete. Registration for this program will begin May 18th.

Solar Snacks

For students completing grades 1-3 Saturday, June 27, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 1:00-2:00 p.m. Have you ever used the sun to make a meal? During our virtual meeting, we will construct our solar ovens. Then you can harness the sun to create a yummy snack. Register online, including your email address and you will receive your supplies and a link to join the event.

Minecrafter: Home Edition

For students completing grades 2-6 Mondays, June 22 or July 27, 3:30—5:30 p.m., or Thursdays, July 2 or July 16, 3:30—5:30 p.m. Join us from home and play minigames on the Library’s Minecraft Realm server! Minecraft Java Edition required. Register online, including your email address and a librarian will contact you to get your child added to the Realms server.

 Dog Man Afternoon

Family event Thursday, July 16, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Join us for a live ZOOM experience to celebrate all things Dog Man by Dav Pilkey. Participants will be able to pick up a packet prior to the program with supplies and materials to use during the program. Register online, including your email address and you will receive an invitation to join the event. 

Tween Summer Programs & Book Clubs Registration required.

Writing Workshop with author Shelley Pearsall

For students completing grades 4-6 Thursday, May 21, 3:00—4:00 p.m. Are you an aspiring author? Are you looking for some inspiration and direction on how to create characters for a story? Join Ms. Heather on Skype for a guided instruction video by author, Shelley Pearsall, on how to create your next star story character. Attendees will have the opportunity to publish their written stories on the Children’s Department Blog. An invitation to the online meeting will be sent to you after your registration is complete. Registration is open for this program.

 River Readers Virtual Book Club

For students completing grades 4-6 Wednesday, May 27, 4:00-5:00 p.m. We will meet online to discuss the fractured fairytale book, The School for Good and Evil, by Soman Chainani which is available in both ebook and audiobook format on Hoopla. An invitation to the online meeting will be sent to you after your registration is complete.

Middle School Book Club

For students completing grades 6-8 Wednesday June 3, 3:30-4:30 p.m. We will meet online to discuss the dystopian fiction tale, Orphan Island, by Laurel Snyder which is available in both ebook and audiobook format on Hoopla. An invitation to the online meeting will be sent to you after your registration is complete.

Reading Partner Volunteers

For students in grades 4-6 during the 2019/2020 school year Tuesdays, June 9, 16 & 23 or Thursdays, June 11, 18 & 25, 3:00 p.m., 3:20 p.m., 3:40 p.m., 4:00p.m. or 4:20 p.m. Become a volunteer and help younger students practice reading! For three weeks, younger students are paired with older students over a video conference, moderated by Ms. Heather for a positive reading experience. Children can read favorite books from home or choose from a guided selection of books that will be screen shared by Ms. Heather. Please select the day and time that works best for your child. Partners will meet on the same day and time each week. Each reading session is 15 minutes. All volunteers must be able to commit for the full 3 weeks and attend a mandatory virtual training session on Thursday May 28th at 3:00 p.m. An invitation to the online meeting will be sent to you after your registration is complete. Registration for this program will begin May 18th.

 Forest Feast Cooking Club with special guest appearance from cookbook author Erin Gleeson!

For students completing grades 4-6 Monday, June 29, 12:30 p.m. Let’s cook together! Meet cookbook author Erin Gleeson and work alongside Ms. Heather virtually from home. Together we will make fried banana splits and create fizzy fruit drinks! Participants are highly encouraged to check out the book, The Forest Feast, by Erin Gleeson via Hoopla and to try out some of the other recipes in advance so we can share recipe recommendations with one another. An invitation to the online meeting will be sent to you after your registration is complete.

RRPL Green Team

For students completing grades 4-6 Wednesdays, July 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2:00-3:00 or 4:00-5:00 p.m. Imagine a better world and work towards it by learning ways to create a healthy environment, upcycling t-shirts to reduce pollution, and educating our community. Register, including your email address to receive your supplies and meeting links.

Fantasy Book Club

For students completing grades 4-6 Monday, July 13, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Join fellow Half Blood Campers in a virtual book discussion of The Lightning Thief and fun Percy Jackson camp activities! An invitation to the online meeting will be sent to you after your registration is complete.

Boredom Busters No registration required.

Let’s Go on a Story Book Walk!

Share something special on your family walks! Pages of a picture book begin on Hampton Road and continue through the Library’s Reading Garden. Check back for new books throughout the summer.Let’s Go on a Story Book Walk!

Virtual Story Time

Join Ms. Cathleen for a brief story time each week on our YouTube channel! She will read a book, and include a themed-activity and at-home suggestion for you to try yourself.

Guild of the Brick

For ages 5 & up Saturdays, June 20, July 18 & August 8 What are you building at home with loved ones? We would love to see your creations on our Facebook page!

Curbside Crafts To Go

For ages 6 & up Pickup a packet with directions and supplies to make a cool craft. All you need is glue or a glue stick. While supplies last. Monday, June 22, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Prince or Princess Crown – Design your own crown and be royalty for the day! Monday, July 6, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Dragon – Design a magical dragon that may not breathe fire but can decorate any room!

 Smart Art

For students completing grades K-2 Tuesday, June 30, Children’s Department Blog Show us your creativity with a special Smart Art from home edition. Share with us your artistic talents as we show you how to create a fun project.

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