Summer fun at local libraries

Girls catch the reading bug

Emma Hatem and Ariana Calloway look at a caterpillar during a program with Mark Berman, a.k.a. The Bugman, at the London Public Library. The event was part of the summer reading program, “Catch the Reading Bug.”

Magician kicks things off in Plain City

Magician Mark Wood entertained patrons of Plain City Public Library on June 16. Wood was part of the library’s summer reading kick-off, the first of many activities planned this summer.

Slithering into summer fun

Brooke Kelly delicately handles a Leucistic Texas rat snake at London Public Library. The event featured Nancy Lockard, a.k.a The Turtle Lady, and a variety of reptiles including turtles, toads, bearded dragons and crested geckos.

Butterfly release

Over 20 youths wait in anticipation as Mary Anne Wood, youth services coordinator at London Public Library, opens a cage to release over 90 painted lady butterflies. They started as caterpillars roughly the size of a pencil lead just three weeks earlier. Their hatching and release was just one of many events in the library’s summer reading program.  Visit the library or go online at for details.

On the road in Mount Sterling

The Mt. Sterling Public Library has this recommendation: "Wherever you go, take a great read!" With gas prices so high, traveling can be expensive. So, the library has come up with an alternative. As part of the summer reading program, the library is going to the ocean, the polar regions, the rainforest, the forest, and the Plains of Africa. Each week, programs will travel through stories and crafts to these wonderful places. These expeditions are for all ages and start at 10:30 on Tuesdays at Mt. Sterling Library and at 10:30 on Wednesdays at the Midway Park Shelter. Pictured is Maria Fletcher with her suitcase full of great reads to take with wherever she may travel this summer.

Drawing lessons

Cartoonist, Jeff Nicholas showcases a drawing done by a local youth during his presentation “Gone with the Windshield," a reading program at London Public Library. Area youth are invited to the last scheduled summer program, “Bug Crafts,” on Aug. 4 at 6:30 pm.

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