Public libraries across Ohio are gearing up to offer summer reading programs for students of all ages.

At Newcomerstown Public Library, the summer is all about science, with fun and educational events, prizes and crafts covering Earth science, physics, meteorology, zoology, chemistry and more, while promoting the enjoyment of reading a good book.

The program kicks off June 9 with the Akron Zoo live animals and will run until July 31.

A variety of activities are offered for children of preschool age through high school, including "Snakes Alive!" with the Wilderness Center, Stuck on You: the Science of Magnetism, MythBusters, Bubble Gum Science, Physics for Kids and lots more. Grand prizes for children and teens will be drawn at a finale party to be held at the close of the summer program featuring food, games and prizes for all.

A brand new 20" bicycle and helmet serve as grand prize for one lucky winner, and grand prizes for young adults includes movie passes for Shelby Theatres, Ohio State Fair passes, Discover World science museum passes and lots more.

Funding for events and supplies for the Summer Reading Program has been generously provided through a grant from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Ohio awarded earlier this year to the Newcomerstown Friends of the Library.

Studies show that students who do not read during the summer can experience "summer set-back," losing ground in learning and returning to school less ready for the next year than when they began their summer break.

"While school is out for the summer there is no better place to be inspired and to stay in the learning mode than at the local public library," said former Commissioner of Education Dwight D. Jones. "Libraries offer terrific summer programs to inspire and enlighten students of all ages. If you don't do it already, consider making your local public library one of the routine places to visit this summer."

Not only can students have fun reading and earning prizes from the Newcomerstown Public Library this summer, our Adult Summer Reading Program is being offered as well with weekly prizes. Registration begins June 2 for all programs.

The earlier you sign up, the more chances you have to win.

For information, contact Newcomerstown Public Library at 498-8228, on the web at http://www.nctlib.org or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nctpl.