2022 Summer Reading Program

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Oceans of Possibilities – For Adults & Teens

Get rewarded for reading this summer with our Adult Summer Reading Program. For every book you read or activity you complete, you’re eligible for a ticket to win one of our themed Summer Reading Baskets. Participate through Beanstack on our website or stop by the Reference Desk. When you sign up, you’ll receive a Swedish dishcloth! Public computers are available to update your Beanstack accounts and staff members are available for assistance.


Win Prizes!

Interested in what fabulous prize baskets you might win? Take a sneak peek below! Prize baskets will also be on display behind the Adult Services desk throughout Summer Reading on the Library’s main floor.

A Day at the Beach:
Beach reads, a beach towel, a beach tote, and more!

Local Bubbles:
Gift cards to tour Market Garden Brewery, visit Western Reserve Distillers, Great Lakes Brewery gear and more!

Water Adventures:
Goodtime III Sightseeing Cruise certificate, Nalu standup paddle and surf lessons gift card, and more!

Spice It Up:
Cookbooks, assorted spices, and mortar and pestle

The Bee’s Knees:
Bee House, Akron Honey, Rocky River Plant Company gift card, and more!

Green & Clean:
Little Spark Refill Shop basket filled with unpaper towels, dryer balls, beeswax wraps, and more!

Rocky River Sweet Treats:
Erie Island Coffee beans, Big Mouth Donut gift card, Wild Flour Bakery gift card, and more! 

Teen Prize baskets are back!
Each basket will have a gift card, candy, and other goodies. The cards: $50 Books a Million, $25 GameStop, $25 Ohio Pie, $25 Starbucks, $25 Dick’s Sporting Goods, $25 Chipotle, $25 Visa Gift Card


June 4 through July 23

Lady reading book about sailboat

Register For Beanstack

Sign up today, and enter all of your great Summer Reading books into Beanstack for a chance to win prizes.

Programs and Events

Community Art Project

Check out the new Cowan Exhibit and join us in creating a collaborative art piece inspired by the aquatic designs of the Cowan Pottery Studio! To contribute, stop by the Summer Reading Kickoff or visit the Library anytime during our Summer Reading Program. Children, Teens, and Adults can fill in the design with the provided art supplies.

RRPL Featured Artist Bookmark Contest

Winners announced July 31stParticipants will create art using Cowan artwork as inspiration. You can help the RRPL staff judges panel pick a winner by liking your favorite piece via our Facebook page in early July! Three winners (Juvenile, Teen, and Adult) will be announced on July 31. Good luck! Email submissions to by July 17.

Please include a high-quality image of the artwork, Name & Age, Title, and a brief artwork summary. The bookmarks will be 2 in x 6 in.   

Thursday, June 2, 7:00 to 8:00 pm, Community Room 

Learn about the state of our river and how you can get involved in keeping it healthy. From small everyday actions to volunteering for programs such asThe Citizen Science Stream Monitoring program, you’ll leave ready to make a difference.

Presented by Meg Hennessey, Watershed Coordinator with Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District

Saturday, June 4, 11:00 to 1:00 pm, Front Lawn

Join us as we jump into Oceans of Possibilities in our Summer Reading program. Children, Teens, and Adults will be able to sign up in their own age group and spend the summer netting all kinds of amazing prizes -just for reading and attending programs! And for one day only, we’ll have added prizes and games waiting for you on the Library’s Front Lawn.

Tuesday, June 7, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, Purple Room  

Once you’ve helped your littles read their Summer Reading books, you need to track their progress. The Library uses Beanstack to track reading progress virtually. In the first half, you’ll learn how to enter information online and in the app, then you can practice with staff. Children are welcome, or those 4 and up can attend a separate story time. 

Tuesday, June 14, 7:00 to 8:00 pm, Zoom 

Discover the cryptids, creatures, and creepy-crawlies of our very own Lake Erie and learn about the Ghost Ship of the Great Lakes; Bessie, the Lake Erie Monster; the Voyageurs’ Beacon, and more.

Presented by author Edward McClelland. This is a virtual program that will be conducted over Zoom. Register to receive a link to the Zoom meeting.  

Tuesday, June 14, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, Community Room  

Summer Reading is for everyone! The Library uses Beanstack to track reading progress virtually. In this program, you’ll learn how to set up an account and enter information on the computer and in the app. Then, you’ll have an opportunity to practice with staff. 

Thursday, June 23, 7:00 to 8:00 pm, Community Room 

Carrie Sowden from the Rocky River Historical Society will share the history of the site and its namesake, Bradstreet’s Disaster.

Presented in partnership with the Rocky River Historical Society

Tuesday, July 5,  7:00 to 8:30 pm, Community Room 

Get ready to host a Shark Week party with a snack your guests can sink their teeth into. Teens and their preferred adults will learn tips and tricks to assemble a charcuterie board that is tasty and fun. Grades 7 and up.   

[Register Here]

Tuesday, July 12,  6:30 to 7:30 pm, Community Room  

Two-thirds of the planet is covered by oceans, yet less than a tenth of it has been explored. Google Earth, called the world’s most detailed globe, has some areas where you can even use Street View underwater! See an ocean of possibilities with a fish-eye view.  

Saturday, July 16, 10 am to 12 pm, Auditorium  

Nancy Howell from the Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society will present a program looking at our own natural water resources, Lake Erie and the rivers that feed the lake, and the birds that make this area their home. From gulls and waterfowl to herons and songbirds, we will explore the habitats they use and need and learn how to enjoy birds no matter the season. After the program, please join us for a short field trip to a local waterway.  

Monday, July 18, 7:00 to 8:00 pm., Auditorium 

Lake Erie has perhaps the largest concentration of shipwrecks per square mile of any body of water in the world.  From the 1700s to the present, a variety of military and commercial vessels have been lost on her waters. Through slides, video, and stories, we will explore infamous disasters such as the burning of the side wheel steamer G. P. Griffith as well as some lesser-known shipwrecks, learning their stories of thrilling rescue and heartbreaking tragedy.  

Monday, July 25, 7:00 to 8:00 pm, Zoom 

The Cuyahoga River has gone from a symbol of environmental pollution to one of renewal. Join a park ranger from Cuyahoga Valley National Park to explore the history of the river, discover what actions are being taken today, and see how you can assist.  

[Register Here]

Wednesday, July 27, 7:00 to 8:00 pm, Community Room 

Judy MacKeigan, Historian/Archivist from the Cleveland Metroparks, will present a program on the Ohio and Erie Canal, our man-made waterway.