Summer is here! The real fun begins now...

Discover “A Universe of Stories” this summer at the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library!

The five reading programs are based on age and preference of reading or listening to a book - but all are guaranteed lots of fun and maybe a prize or two! 

The Library is happy to work with the Tiffin YMCA, as well as local assisted living and nursing homes, to bring the summer reading program to more of the community, outside of the Library's walls.

So, check out what we have in store for summer - and be sure to stop in to register between June 3 through July 31. Because you might as well pick up a few prizes, since you're already reading! Right? 


junior summer reading program

The Junior Library's summer reading program includes eight weeks of reading (with no book reports!), prizes, and special programs. Children ages three through going into the sixth grade are welcome to join in the fun.

Children age three through entering sixth grade can stop by the Youth Services Department to register. They will receive a BINGO card and reading log to keep track of the number of minutes they read and keep track of their summer adventures.  Simply keep track of every 20 minutes a child reads or is read to by filling in a star, and once they reach a planet they can bring their reading log in for a special prize and a grand prize entry. Once all the stars are filled in, bring back the reading log for an additional grand prize entry!

There will also be a number of special events for children this summer, including Cirque Amongus, Family Reading Forts, Spaced Out Tuesdays, Tween Universe, Baby Play Date, Family Space Storytime, A Universe of Story Songs with Beverly The Music Lady, How to Train Your Dragon Movie Marathon, Whiz Bang Science Show, To The TOONiverse with Jeff Nicholas, an Ice Cream Extravaganza, and several amazing programs with the Armstrong Air and Space Museum.

For a complete version of junior summer reading events, check out the online calendar


The Rubber Ducky Club

For ages birth to 35 months, the Rubber Ducky Club features reading, fun and activities for babies and their parents.

Parents are encouraged to read to children, age birth to 35 months from June 3 through July 31.

The program features early literacy reading activity suggestions (vocabulary, print awareness, letter knowledge, phonological awareness, print motivation and narrative skills). When all activities are completed, parents may turn in the reading record at the Library and receive a prize.

There will be several special programs for babies, including Bouncing Babies and Baby Play Date. Participants are then invited to join an Ice Cream Extravaganza on July 30 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The Library believes that reading to your baby not only creates a special bonding time together, but also builds their brain power, helps them learn language, encourages speech and prepares them to be readers.

Parents may register their child at the Junior Library.

Teen Summer Reading Program

Teens who have completed sixth through eleventh grades may register at the Information Desk. They will receive a reading log to keep track of the number of minutes they read and keep track of their summer adventures. For every 20 minutes of reading, teens earn an entry for a prize.  Additional prize entries may be earned by attending library programs, and completing other various activities.  Prizes include a Kindle Fire HD, a telescope, headphones and more.

Teens are also invited to special library events throughout the summer.  Join the fun with “Afternoon Teen Time,” which will be held Thursdays from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  “Afternoon Teen Time” will include:

  • Teen Thursday, Thursdays, June 6, June 20 and July 18. The summer version of the popular afterschool hangout Teen Tuesday. Teen can enjoy snacks, video games, crafts, board games and more.

  • Cosmic Crafts, Thursday, June 13:  Teens can make a galaxy tote bag, create fun Perler bead keychains and magnets, and design their own 1” pinback buttons. While supplies last.

  • Summer Anime Club, Thursday, June 27: During the summer edition of this popular program, teens will watch an anime movie while enjoying snacks and making 1” pinback buttons from manga pages.

  • Outer Space Engineering Challenge, Thursday, July 11: Think you have what it takes to be an astronaut? Teens can compete in multiple design challenges that test your creativity and logical thinking to win a prize! Virtual reality headsets will be used to learn more about outer space. 

  • Escape the Planet! Thursday, July 25: Teens will use their wits and creativity to beat the escape room. They will take on the role of a spaceship crew as they solve puzzles to retrieve the launch codes. Snacks and other activities will be provided.

For a complete version of teen summer reading events check out the online calendar.

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Adult Summer Reading Program

Adults, don’t feel left out! You too can be entered to win a prize for every book you read this summer – your books, our books, eBooks, paperbacks - you can win with any type of book!

The first 100 people to register will receive a free tote bag and a free book! For every book or eBook read during the program, participants are to earn one entry for a prize. Extra prize entries can be earned by playing the Summer Reading BINGO game. Grand prizes include a Kindle Fire HD, a telescope, and a frozen meat package!  Additional prizes include gift certificates for local restaurants, movie tickets and more!

The Library will also host a series of special events for adults. These programs will take place in the Frost Kalnow Room. They include:

  • “Fandom Trivia” on Tuesday, June 11 at 6:30 p.m. Register HERE

  • First Man Viewing” on Tuesday, June 18 at 6:00 p.m.

  • “Journey Into Space” on Thursday, June 20 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. (Part of Downtown Tiffin’s Third Thursday events)

  • “Uncovering First Man” with the Armstrong Air & Space Museum on Monday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m.

  • “Moon Landing: A Hoax” with the Armstrong Air & Space Museum on Monday, July 1 at 6:30 p.m.

For a complete version of adult summer reading events check out the online calendar.


Outreach Summer Reading Program

Seniors and homebound patrons will also have a chance to win awesome prizes just for reading!

Seniors from local nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and homebound patrons will have the option to earn prize entries for every book, audiobook, e-book, or magazine read or listened to between now and July 31! Prizes include Wal-Mart or Bob Evan’s gift cards, and senior gift baskets filled with prizes.

To sign up or for more information, seniors are asked to contact their activities directors, contact the Library’s Extension and Outreach Manager Beth at 419-447-3751 or visit


Thank you to our wonderful supporters

The summer reading programs are only possible because of generous donations and programs from local businesses and organizations.

Major donors this year are the Friends of the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, Tiffin Lions Club and The Webster Foundation.

Other donors include Asian Grill Buffet, Bailiwicks Coffee Co., Benchwarmers, Big Boy Family Restaurants, Buffalo Wild Wings, Burger King, Cinemark 8, Denny’s, Dunkin Donuts, Empire at 138, Family Video, Fort Ball Pizza Palace, FroZone, Golden Crown, Heavenly Pizza, Level Up, McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Ralph’s Joy of Living, Reino’s Pizza and Pasta, The Ritz Theatre, Shake Shak, Simply Susan’s, Smith Family Foods, Taco Bell, The Wall Street Pub & Grille, Wendy’s, WTSC Seneca County Radio, Xcaret Mexican Restaurant, and the YMCA.