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The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County serves the community year round, and when school is out of session, organizes special activities for youth via its Summer Adventure program. Besides the usual services and programs, the Library offers a variety of summer activities at no cost to families, including:

  • Incentives and resources to keep children and teens reading all summer (at all locations)
  • Opportunities to build Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills through Brain Camps for youth in grades 1 – 8 (at select locations)
  • Free meals and snacks (at select locations)

Advance registration is not required, except for week-long Brain Camps and STEAM adventures. For questions about the Library’s Summer Adventure activities, please contact Kate Lawrence, Programming/Exhibits Manager, at kate.lawrence@cincinnatilibary.org

Research from the National Summer Learning Association shows that young people who do not take part in educational activities over the summer lose some of the knowledge and skills they gained over the past school year and start out the next school year behind. The Library’s goal is to provide opportunities for youth to maintain academic skills as well as build social emotional skills in a welcoming and safe space and with an element of fun.