Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
10:37 pm EDT
Tue, July 7, 2020

Summer Learning Program at Lake libraries stirs the imagination

Big shows, special activities, and new weekend hours are in store for children who want to continue learning—and having fun—through the summer months.

W.T. Bland Public Library, 1995 N. Donnelly St. in Mount Dora, recently announced its Summer Learning Program from June 1-July 28. The free program is open to kids of all ages, and they also can earn prizes by checking out and reading books.

“Summer is a time for children to read for pleasure and explore what interests them,” youth services librarian Lynn Gonzales says in a news release. “Our Summer Learning Program is designed to look like fun to your child but actually includes many learning opportunities. Our weekly reading prizes motivate kids to select their own books using their own library cards and read at their own pace.”

The program includes Thursday Big Shows at 2:30pm every Thursday from June 7-July 26 at the Mount Dora Community Building, 520 N. Baker St. These shows are free, open to all ages, and no registration is required. Performances include demonstrations with live reptiles such as alligators and snakes, interactive comedy, magic shows, and storytelling. Here’s the lineup:

The library will be open for the first time on Sundays throughout summer, and will also offer extended Saturday hours. W.T. Bland Library hours are 10am-6pm Monday, Thursday, and Friday; 10am-8pm Tuesday-Wednesday; 10am-5pm Saturday; and 1-6pm Sunday. Miss Kim will lead special children’s activities at 2pm every Saturday, and Miss Lisa will lead Family Story Time Sundays at 2pm.

The Summer Learning Program, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, includes many additional activities throughout June and July. Complete brochures are available at the library or at For questions, email or call 352.735.7180.

Of course, the summer program for children, teenagers, and adults extends throughout the Lake County Library system.

This year’s theme is “Libraries Rock!” The program boasts more than 1,000 events and activities, including magic shows, music lessons, video game tournaments, tech classes, reading competitions, and more, all free and open to the public.

“Each of our 15 public libraries offers something different,” Linda Goff, youth services coordinator for the library system, says in a news release. “We’re always finding new ways to engage the public and show everyone just how fun and resourceful libraries can be. There’s something for everyone here.”

For a full list of programs and events, visit