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What is Summer Reading?

Summer Reading is reading for fun during the summer months. It begins June 1 and ends July 31. You can sign up at any time online or at your local Library. Check the Event Guide for exciting activities happening this summer.

Does it matter what I read?

You can read anything you like. We would love to help you find your perfect reading materials, whether you enjoy mysteries, true crime, science fiction, graphic novels, audiobooks, cookbooks, newspapers, magazines or short stories.

Can anyone participate?

Sure, Summer Reading is open to everyone. All ages can participate — from babies to adults.

Summer Reading is divided into four age groups:

  • Family Literacy: ages 0-5 and their parents or caregivers
  • Kids: ages 6-11
  • Teens: ages 12-19
  • Adults: ages 20 or over

What do I have to do?

  • Sign up at your Library or online
  • Track the number of hours you read on your reading log between June 1 and July 31

How can I win a prize?

Each kid who reads will receive a book to keep. Teens and adults get a chance to win weekly prizes. Everyone has a chance to win a grand prize for their age group.

All prize winners are randomly selected from your logging entries.

  • Family Literacy
    • Complete 20 activities on your bingo card and bring it to your Library location to receive your own book to keep and to be entered in the grand prize drawing.
  • Kids
    • Read 10 books or 10 hours and bring your reading log to your Library location to receive your own book to keep and to be entered in the grand prize drawing.
  • Teens
    • Track what you read and the hours you spend reading this summer. Log your hours online for a chance to win weekly prizes and to be entered in the grand prize drawing.
  • Adults
    • Track what you read and the hours you spend reading this summer. Log your hours online for a chance to win weekly prizes and to be entered in the grand prize drawing.

What if I really don't have time to read?

We get it — everyone is busy, and finding time to read can be difficult. But, did you know that in addition to being entertaining, reading can improve our health and happiness? Everyone should read, and here's why:

  • Family Literacy
    • Reading aloud to kids gets them ready for kindergarten.
    • Sharing books together is the perfect way for families to bond.
  • Kids
    • Reading throughout the summer prevents kids from losing their reading skills.
    • Allowing kids to make their own reading choices promotes creativity and a love of learning.
  • Teens
    • Reading expands a teens' knowledge of the world around them.
    • Teens can work through personal struggles and build empathy by reading materials that they find relatable.
  • Adults
    • Reading teaches new skills and improves memory, concentration and focus.
    • Escaping into reading material relieves stress.

I really don't have time to read...

We read a lot more than realize or notice. Think about the ways you are already reading:

  • Reading online blogs or articles
  • Reading on your phone while waiting in line
  • Listening to an audiobook while you run
  • Reading jokes aloud at the dinner table
  • Listening to an audiobook during a road trip
  • Reading a recipe while you cook

While you have been reading this, you have already started Summer Reading. Now, sign up and log your first hour. Download your Summer Reading Event Guide or pickup one at your local Library. Congratulations, you are off to a great start!

Libraries Rock

What's that sound? Xylophone

Illustration of Young Boy Thinking About a Rocket and Dinosaur
West Branch
West Branch Meeting Rooms A & B
Thursday, June 14 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Summer Lego Duplo classes rock at your library!Songs, games and creative play are part of each Lego Duplo class and allow for positive social interaction between children.  Enjoy Mommy & Me / Daddy & Me BRICKS 4 KIDZ® classes this summer which focus on sounds. 

Family Fun Night

Red and White Electric Guitar with Speaker
Community Locations
Honey Creek Mall
Thursday, June 14 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Sign up for our 2018 Summer Reading Program at the Honey Creek Mall.  Enjoy activities, art projects and music-making opportunities for the entire family.

Books Before Bedtime

Illustration of Girl Playing Violin at Night
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
Thursday, June 14 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Ages 0-5: Wear your pajamas for stories, songs, and crafts before bedtime! Each week will focus on a different musical genre. Story time will last approximately 30 minutes, followed by 30 minutes of craft and play time. 

Blindfold Birding: Becoming a Better Birder

Screech Owl
Main Library
Lifelong Learning Center
Friday, June 15 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Do you know your birds by song alone? Explore the vocal gymnastics performed by several common birds and learn how to commit bird songs to memory using spectrograms.  Presented by Amber Slaughterbeck and the Wabash Valley Audubon Society.

Babies and Books

Bear Reading to Younger Animals
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
Monday, June 18 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Ages 0-18 Months: Join us for a 30 minute lap-sit program for babies. A 30 minute optional play will be available after storytime.  

Let's Get Cooking with Purdue Extension

Young Girl in Chef's Hat Cracking an Egg Above a Bowl
West Branch
West Branch Meeting Room B
Tuesday, June 19 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Ages 10-12: Learn food safety, kitchen safety and kid-friendly recipes for appetizers, snacks, main dishes and beverages.  Each child who registers will receive a cookbook and a small kitchen gadget to take home.

Rock in the Library Karaoke

Illustration of Karaoke Machine with Microphone
West Branch
West Branch Meeting Rooms A & B
Tuesday, June 19 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Ages 5 & Up: Are you ready to rock out at the Library? From old favorites to new hits, show off your vocal talents on the karaoke machine.

Music Trivia

Music Notes and Symbols Over Colorful Background
Main Library
Meeting Room B
Tuesday, June 19 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Test your knowledge of music across genres and decades with picture clues, sound clips and general trivia. Work with a team or alone.  Winners will take home a trophy and gift card prizes.

Maker Camp - Make It Sing

Illustration of Red Toy Robot
Main Library
Haute Create
Wednesday, June 20 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Ages 11-14: Make, create, craft, hack and tinker this summer with Maker Camp at the Vigo County Public Library.  Maker Camp is a dynamic global community developed by Google and Make Magazine to encourage your middle schooler to become a creative problem solver, visionary think and courageous doer.  Pick and choose which sessions you'd like to attend-- or attend them all.  Please register for each session separately.  Make it sing! Make musical devices using everyday materials. You'll get to:Build music-making projects using a pencil sketch and other conductive materials connected to a MaKey MaKey Board. Get started with computer coding by remixing a Scratch musical project.Explore and become curious about the electrical properties of everyday materials.

What's that sound? Hammer and nail

Illustration of Young Boy Thinking About a Rocket and Dinosaur
West Branch
West Branch Meeting Rooms A & B
Thursday, June 21 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Summer Lego Duplo classes rock at your library!Songs, games and creative play are part of each Lego Duplo class and allow for positive social interaction between children.  Enjoy Mommy & Me / Daddy & Me BRICKS 4 KIDZ® classes this summer which focus on sounds. 

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