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Lorain Public Library System will offer several programs this summer

Lorain Public Library System will offer several programs this summer

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The Lorain Public Library System will offer several programs this summer, according to a press release.

Registration for summer programs will open for most programs on May 15, the release said.

The exception is programs that will be offered in the new makerspace inside the North Ridgeville branch.

Registration for these programs will open on June 15.

Summer hours

Sunday hours offered at the Avon, North Ridgeville and South Lorain branches will cease for the season after May 19, according to the release.

These same three sites will resume Sunday hours in September.

All six branches of the Lorain Public Library System will close May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.

Bags placed in exterior lockers will be accessible at each branch, and drive-thru windows at the Avon and North Ridgeville branches will be available for drop-offs only.

Normal branch hours will resume on May 28.

Summer lunch

Three branches of the Lorain Public Library System will once again participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Service Program to provide children 18 and under with a free meal every day of the week during school holidays.

The exception is July 4, when branches are closed for Independence Day.

Lunch will be offered at the Domonkas branch from noon to 1 p.m. from June 6 to August 16.

Lunches will be offered at the main library and the South Lorain branch from noon to 1 p.m. from June 10 to August 23.

The South Lorain branch has themed each day of the week for the free activity that will be offered in conjunction with the lunches: Mad Libs Mondays, Lunch and Legos Tuesdays, Weather Wednesdays — 2024 is the 100th anniversary of the tornado that devastated parts of Lorain County. — Thursdays of match days and Fridays for movies and snacks.

The Food Service Program is a federally funded, state-administered program that reimburses providers who serve meals.

Small library by the lake

The converted cargo container affectionately known as Little Library on the Lake will reopen June 1 on the beach at Lakeview Park in Lorain.

Rather than lending books, this library lends games and sports equipment that can be enjoyed in the park, such as volleyball nets and balls, badminton sets, soccer balls and goals, a boule bocce ball, giant jenga and four to score game, cornhole and more.

All items are free to those with a Lorain Public Library System library card, which can be obtained free of charge on site.

For hours and a complete list of items available, visit the Little Library on the Lake page under “Locations” on the LorainPublicLibrary.org website.

The literary paths are open

A literature trail – also called a story trail – is an exciting way to combine physical activity and literacy, the release said.

The children’s picture book pages are mounted on frames which are then arranged along a path inviting children, families, caregivers, teachers and others to follow the path.

The story unfolds as they take a short walk.

Each trail is generally less than half a mile.

The Lorain Public Library System offers five history trails throughout Lorain County.

Branch staff change the books at each trail monthly, from April to November, weather permitting.

Find the titles for each month at https://www.lorainpubliclibrary.org/locations-hours/story-trails.

“To encourage young guests to visit all the trails, we have created a Fun Story Trail Passport,” the release said. “Once the passport is stamped for each route, return to the library for a small price. Request the passport from your local agency.