Children of all ages can enjoy outrageous adventures, fun-filled trips around the world and unforgettable characters this summer, just by reading books.
The Dayton Metro Library is encouraging children to read by offering the 2019 Summer Challenge. It includes stellar prizes for six different age groups, with the grand prize being a Boonshoft Museum Takeover for those who read for a total of 3,600 minutes. The Summer Challenge blasted off on May 17 and continues through August 3.
Parents and caregivers can register their child at their local library and get a paper tracker, or online through a link at daytonmetrolibrary.org/summer and keep track online. Minutes that qualify include time spent reading (books, eBooks, graphic novels, comics), time spent being read to, time spent listening to audiobooks, attending library programs, and accomplishing early learning activities (kindergarten and younger). A vast array of prizes are awarded for 6 different age groups for 5, 15, 30, 45 and 60 hours spent reading. The age groups are birth to age 3, preschool – kindergarten, grades 1 -3, grades 4 – 6, grades 7 – 8, and grades 9 – 12. The prizes are all associated with this year’s space theme, ‘A Universe of Stories.’ The prizes include Moon/Astronaut/ Rocket pens, a flying rocket, and brand new books.
Everyone who reaches 3,600 minutes will be invited to an exclusive visit to the Boonshoft Museum on Saturday, November 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. Up to two people (with one being 18+) can enjoy all the museum has to offer such as the Space Theater and Planetarium shows, live animal encounters, a tidal pool and Science themed shows. Plus, refreshments will be available. Those in grades 7 – 12, can instead choose the Teen Lock-In at the Main Library on Saturday, August 3 from 7 to 11 p.m.
Furthermore, those who reach 3,600 minutes will also be entered into a grand prize drawing, which will be held at each branch. Additional entries can be earned for each additional 60 minutes spent reading. For the kindergarten and younger age group, admission for four to Carillon Historical Park including a ride on the carousel; grades 1 – 6 receive four tickets to The National Museum of the U.S Air Force with a choice of the 3D Theater or Flight Simulator; and grades 7 – 12, gets a voucher for membership to Wright B Flyer, Inc., including one free ride in the Wright B Flyer plane.
All families participating in the Summer Challenge are invited to celebrate at Party in the Park at the Main Library and Cooper Park on Saturday, June 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. There will a bunch of activities to enjoy including a giant inflatable slide, face painting, creative balloon sculptures, DJ Basim and the Lip Sync Battle, Cosmo and Pip and so much more. Plus, the world premiere of Felix and Fiona’s Musical Adventure in the Eichelberger Forum at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
More information about the Summer Challenge can be found at daytonmetrolibrary.org/summer.
Mike Woody is a life long resident of Dayton, and has a passion for writing, which is good because he doesn't excel at much of anything else, except eating.