Summer Reading 2022 ends Saturday, July 30

Throughout June and July, help us circumnavigate the globe and sail the seven seas, just by reading! Kids and adults of all ages are welcome to participate! Every minute read will get us closer to our destinations.

Oceans of Possibilities 2022 Summer Reading Program banner

2022 Trip Itinerary

Participants old and young are invited to join us on an ocean voyage this summer, sailing the seven seas and stopping at ports in various countries along the way. But we need YOUR help to get there! Every minute you read this summer takes us one nautical mile closer to our goal of sailing 76,500 nautical miles around the world!

Oceans of Possibilities 2022 Summer Reading Program Itinerary

If you read just 1 hour a week throughout June and July, that gets us 480 nautical miles closer to our goal. And guess what? All reading counts! Physical books, eBooks, audiobooks, graphic novels, business reports, etc. – all reading is good reading. Participation is easy, all you have to do is read and log your minutes! 

Reading log bookmarkParticipation Is Easy!

Just log your minutes read each week on our Summer Reading Time Log bookmarks. Bring your bookmarks into the Library at the end of each week to record your  nautical miles in minutes read. For each bookmark turned in, you will receive a ticket that can be used for a prize raffle.

Attend a Summer Reading Program

Special programs will be offered throughout June and July. Attendees will also receive a ticket to use toward the grand prize raffle. 
➤ View programs for kids ages 3-5
➤ View programs for kids ages 6-12
View programs for adults (and kids ages 13+ welcome)


Starting June 1, stop by the Library to register. Pick up a Summer Reading packet and explore our aquatic Library surprises.

Once you've registered, just start reading and log your minutes read. Turn your reading log bookmarks in weekly for a chance to win weekly prizes and receive your raffle ticket to use toward one of our summer reading grand prizes. Top readers in both the kids (12 and under) and young adults/adults (13+) will be awarded a prize as well. 

Happy Summer Reading!

Lil' Bookworm Story Time is for kids ages 3 to 5SUMMER PROGRAMS FOR KIDS AGE 3-5 START JUNE 7!

Programs For Kids Ages 3-5

Join us Tuesday mornings at 10:30 am for a story and a craft with Miss Bri. Our summer programs will run June 7-July 26. Lil' Bookworms is targeted toward children ages 3-5. There is a limit of kids per story time, so registration is required. You can register at the circulation desk during regular library hours, by calling the library at 740-676-9421, or by using our online contact form. Lil' Bookworms Story Times are held on the lower level in the children's area.

Summer 2022 BPL Lil' Bookworms Story Time Schedule


Download a Summer 2022 Lil' Bookworms program schedule (pdf file).

  • Tuesday, June 7th
    We'll read The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen and make a spoon fish painting.
  • Tuesday, June 14th
    We'll read How To Put an Octopus to Bed by Sherri Duskey Rinker and make a colorful octopus!
  • Tuesday, June 21st
    We'll read the starfish story Shine! by Patrick McDonnell and make starfish out of fruit rings!
  • Tuesday, June 28th
    We'll read Walter the Whale Shark and his Teeny Tiny Teeth by Katrine Crow and then, to prepape for the 4th of July, we’ll make a patriotic whale shark!
  • Tuesday, July 5th
    We'll read Peanut Butter and Jellyfish by Jarrett Krosoczka
    then make some cupcake liner jellyfish.
  • Tuesday, July 12th
    We'll read Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima and make a sparkly narwhal with a glitter horn!
  • Tuesday, July 19th
    We'll read Otter: Hello, Sea Friends! by Sam Garton and make an “O” is for otter craft.
  • Tuesday, July 26th
    We'll read ABCs of the Sea by Shannon Casy Celia Craft: Create your own underwater ocean scene!

Programs For Kids Ages 6-12

Kids ages 6-12 are welcome to join us for a special Friday program throughout June and July. Each child registered for our 2022 Summer Reading program will receive a ticket to use toward our 2022 Summer Reading grand prize raffle for attending a Summer Reading Program. 

Summer Reading Programs for kids ages 6-12

  • Kick Off: Treasure Hunt
    Friday, June 10th at 1:00 pm

    Join us in kicking off our 2022 Summer Reading Club by searching for clues to uncover the “buried” treasure! 
    (*Limit 24—Registration required)
  • Friday, June 17th at 1:00 pm: Oceans of Fun Magic Show with Jim Kleefeld
  • Friday, June 24th at 1:00 pm: Manatees Matter with Daniel Caron
  • Friday, July 1st at 1:00 pm: “Take a Tromp through the Swamp...” with Tom Sieling
  • Friday, July 8th at 1:00 pm: Shark Sun Catcher Craft
  • Friday, July 15th at 1:00pm: Oceans of Wonder with the Oglebay Schrader Center
  • Friday, July 22nd at 1:00 pm: Ocean in a Bottle Craft
  • Closing Party: July 29th from 6-8 pm: Pool Party at Martins Ferry Pool. 
    (**Limit 50 children—Registration required**)
    Children who registered & participated are welcome to celebrate their summer accomplishments! 
    Registration for pool party opens July 15.

**Programs subject to change.**

Programs For Adults (Ages 13+ welcome)

  • Wednesday, June 29th at 6:00 pm: Under the Sea Ceramics ($5 registration fee. Limit of 25 people.)
    Paint an ocean-themed ceramic piece from Ready, Aim, Fire Ceramics and learn about the process of creating ceramics from the slip molds to the firing process. Choose from a mermaid, a snail, or two pieces of coral (or two morel mushrooms, depending on how you paint them). Painted pieces will be  fired in the Ready, Aim, Fire studio and returned to the Library to be picked up. 
  • Wednesday, June 29th at 6:00 pm: Ocean View Paint and Potluck ($5 registration fee. Limit of 12 people.)
    Bring a dish to share and take a deep dive into your creative side to paint an ocean sunset scene. Instruction and supplies provided. Take home your beautiful  8x10” sunset ocean view canvas at the end of the night!