How to Participate

Starting your Summer Adventure is easy! Beginning June 1, stop into any Library location to register and pick up your Adventure Kit. All ages can participate.

Your Adventure Kit includes:

  • A Summer Adventure passport
  • A free book
  • A voucher for a free view level ticket to a Cincinnati Reds game
  • A Coney Island coupon
Then read, explore, and create all summer! Record your reading and other activities in your passport and check in at the Library each week for a chance to win great prizes. When you check in, you will get a prize, a stamp in your passport, and an entry into a drawing to win one of our weekly prizes. One weekly prize winner will be chosen at each location starting June 12. At the end of the summer, all weekly entries will be added to the Grand Prize Drawing for 4 tickets to Coney Island. Grand Prize winners will be chosen Aug. 1. Each week has a theme to help guide your Summer Adventure! Events and weekly prizes at each location will tie into these themes:

Week 1: June 4-10 — Science

Record your reading and other activities, then check in at the Library and enter to win a LEGO Fun Pack! Suggested activities:

  • Attend an event at the Library.
  • Go on a nature walk and record what you see.
  • Plant a garden and describe each step.
  • Write a story or poem about your favorite animal.
  • Visit a zoo, museum, or park.
  • Do a science experiment! Find ideas in a book at the Library.

Week 2: June 11-17 — Pop Culture

Record your reading and other activities, then check in at the Library and enter to win a $50 Fandango Gift Card! Suggested activities:

  • Attend an event at the Library.
  • Write fan fiction inspired by your favorite book, comic, movie, TV show, or video game.
  • Watch a movie based on a book that you have read. How were they different?
  • Draw a picture that illustrates your favorite story.
  • Download a free song from Freegal.
  • Write a story or poem about your favorite celebrity. Find information in a book at the Library.

Week 3: June 18-24 — Around the World

Record your reading and other activities, then check in at the Library and enter to win Cincinnati Zoo tickets! Suggested activities:

  • Attend an event at the Library.
  • Read a folk tale or myth from six continents.
  • Learn how to count to 10 in another language.
  • Write a story or poem about another country that you would like to visit.
  • Use Google Earth to explore a landmark in another country.
  • Cook a meal inspired by another culture. Find recipes in a cookbook at the Library.

Week 4: June 25-July 1 — Community

Record your reading and other activities, then check in at the Library and enter to win a $50 Gold Star Gift Card! Suggested activities:

  • Attend an event at the Library.
  • Help someone in your community and write about the experience.
  • Go to a community festival or farmers' market.
  • Take a photo or draw a picture of your favorite community landmark.
  • Visit a local park, museum or zoo, and write about what you saw.
  • Draw a map of your community.

Week 5: July 2-8 — America

Record your reading and other activities, then check in at the Library and enter to win a Board Game Collection! Suggested activities:

  • Attend an event at the Library.
  • Watch a Fourth of July parade or fireworks show.
  • Learn about a famous American landmark.
  • Write a story with a famous American as the main character.
  • Visit a history museum or historical site.
  • Read a story set in a different period in American history.

Week 6: July 9-15 — The Arts

Record your reading and other activities, then check in at the Library and enter to win a Deluxe Art Set! Suggested activities:

  • Attend an event at the Library.
  • Make a sculpture, drawing, or painting.
  • See a play or puppet show. Or create your own show!
  • Check out a public art display of murals or sculptures.
  • Design a new cover for your favorite book.
  • Visit an art museum and write about your favorite piece of art.
  • Explore the Cincinnati Art Museum using this scavenger hunt.

Week 7: July 16-22 — Maker & Technology

Record your reading and other activities, then check in at the Library and enter to win an Ozobot Bit 2.0 Starter Pack. Suggested activities:

Week 8: July 23-29 — Sports & Games

Record your reading and other activities, then check in at the Library and enter to win Cincinnati Reds and FC Cincinnati tickets! Suggested activities:

  • Attend an event at the Library.
  • Play a board or card game.
  • Participate in or watch a sporting event.
  • Make up your own game and write down the rules.
  • Visit a local park or recreation center.
  • Read about the life of a famous athlete and share some facts you learned from a book at the Library.