Summer Reading Club

Summer Reading Club 2019 – “A Universe of Stories” – begins this year with a kick-off event hosted by the Ruth Enlow Library and presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre, one of the largest professional touring theatre companies in the country with over fifteen seasons under its belt. Two performances – “One Small Step” and “Jack’s Adventures in Space” – are scheduled for Friday, June 28: the first at the Oakland Library starting at 10:30am and the second at the Grantsville Library starting at 4:00pm. The events are free and open to all registered Summer Reading Club participants.

Regularly scheduled Summer Reading Club programs begin in July at local Ruth Enlow Library branches. All programs are free, and children can participate in the reading program by completing a log of books (of their choosing) to read during the summer and/or attending the events. Completed reading logs (one per child) will be entered into Grand Prize Drawings at the local branches.

Registration for the program opened on June 1st and participants can register online at Those not wanting to register online may call their local library branch or email the following contacts: for Oakland, for Accident, for Grantsville, for Friendsville, and for Kitzmiller. There are also printed materials for Summer Reading Club available at all library branches.

Dates at all branches are as follows:

  • Accident – Tuesdays from July 2 – July 23 (11am – Noon) All Ages
  • Friendsville – Wednesdays from July 3 – July 17 (2:00pm – 3:00pm) All Ages
  • Grantsville – Wednesdays from July 10 – July 24 (11am – Noon) All Ages
  • Kitzmiller – Fridays from July 12 – July 26 (10:30am – 11:30am) All Ages
  • Oakland – Weekly from July 9 – July 24 (10:30am – 11:30am)

Ages 6 and up on Tuesdays and ages 3-5 year-olds on Wednesdays

Summer Reading Club is a cooperative project between the local Maryland public libraries and the Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Library Development and Services. The state also is a member of the Collaborative Summer Library Program, a grassroots consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children at the lowest cost possible for their public libraries.

The Friends of the Ruth Enlow Library contributes significant funds towards the library’s summer reading program, and the Garrett County Education Association provides free books for participants. Other local organizations and businesses support the program as well with incentives. And statewide, the Baltimore Orioles and the Maryland Science Center contribute tickets and passes to participating libraries.

Funding for the performances by the Bright Star Touring Theatre is provided by Western Maryland Regional Library, the regional resource center for the public libraries of Allegany, Garrett, and Washington Counties.