Opera on Wheels’ ‘Big Bad Wolf” to help get summer reading program rolling to


The Wood County District Public Library’s Youth Summer Reading Program, “Libraries Rock!” begins Thursday, May 24.

“Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf,” presented by The Toledo Opera on Wheels will be performed at 10:30 a.m. in the Atrium. This Opera on Wheels touring show is a full experience for all ages. In an engaging adaptation of Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni,” the Don himself becomes the infamous Big Bad Wolf. Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs work together to show the Wolf the error of his ways. Using the music and themes from one of Mozart’s greatest operas, young audiences learn the dangers of bullying, the power of friendship, and the ability of music to bring people together. This live performance is free to the public and will last approximately 40 minutes.  It is generously supported through a gift from the estate of Marjorie Conrad.

Registration for the Youth Summer Reading Program begins on Thursday, May 24, and continues throughout the summer. Rock Star Readers receive a free one-day pool pass to the BG Pool and Water Park upon registration as well as a one-day pass to the Wood County Fair toward the end of summer.  Reading minutes can be recorded in the Children’s Place “Concert Hall,” or online at wcdpl.readsquared.com. Everyone is encouraged to set their own goals to becoming a Rock Star Reader.

Incentive prizes and coupons from local businesses will be awarded at various levels.  A final end of summer raffle will include all registered readers with more chances to win to those with more minutes. The Children’s Place is challenging everyone to begin as soon as possible and consider completing a reading log designed as full piano keyboard.

A complete calendar of events, movies, parties, and programs through August is available online at www.wcdpl.org/CPCalendar and can be found in the WCDPL Family CONNECT magazine.

Preschool Storytimes on Tuesdays at 10:30am and again at 7:00pm as well as Baby & Toddler Storytimes on Thursdays at 10:00am and again at 2:00pm continue all summer.   The Children’s Place is offering a weekly reading program each Thursday from 11am-Noon, “Meet a Musician Reading Buddies,” as well as a weekly hands-on STEM program Wednesdays 11:00am-Noon “STEM Sound Lab with Lubrizol.”  “Meet a Musician Reading Buddies” offers students ages five and up an opportunity to practice reading aloud with musicians from the BGHS and the BGSU College of Musical Arts who will serve as mentors demonstrating the value of practice.  “STEM Sound Lab with Lubrizol” will offer students ages five and up a variety of experiments, demonstrations, and hands-on sound explorations with chemists from Lubrizol and Children’s Place staff.

WCDPL Youth Summer Reading Program is generously supported by the Friends of the Library as well thoughtful wish-list givers, local businesses, organizations, and an amazing group of Volunteens!

For more information, contact the Children’s Place at 419-352-8253.