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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

Books Before Bedtime

Illustration of Girl Playing Violin at Night
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
Thursday, June 21 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. 

Libraries Rock: Name That Tune

Graffiti Style Music Symbols with Swirls
Main Library
VCPL Teen Space
Friday, June 22 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Ages 12-18: Are you an expert in all things pop, rock and hip hop?  Show off your knowledge and compete to be the first to identify some of the biggest hits in music history.  Prizes will be awarded to the winners.  Refreshments will be provided.

West Summer Celebration

Illustration of Guitar
West Branch
West Branch Shelter
Saturday, June 23 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
All ages: Rock out with The Lemon Brothers Band and The Max Power Trio at this community summer block party with music, food, games and activities for all ages.  Attendees will receive one free Kona Ice.  Additional food will be available for purchase from various local food vendors.  West Branch will be open for all regular services from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Babies and Books

Bear Reading to Younger Animals
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
Monday, June 25 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 26 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.

Maker Camp - Electro Fishing

Illustration of Red Toy Robot
Main Library
Haute Create
Wednesday, June 27 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 thinker and courageous doer.  Pick and choose which sessions you'd like to attend-- or attend them all.  Please register for each session separately.  Electro Fishing -  Make and take home your own fishing game to test your dexterity. Create origami fish and construct your own pond. Can you catch fish without setting off the buzzer?

Creating and Using a Culinary Herb Garden

Herbs on Wooden Table
Main Library
Meeting Room A
Wednesday, June 27 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Treva Cook from the Wabash Valley Herb Society will demonstrate that you don't have to be an expert gardener to have your own herb garden. Learn what to plant in a culinary garden, and how to care for it. You will also learn when to harvest your herbs and ways to preserve them. Last but not least, tips on how to use them for cooking.

What's that sound? Helicopter

Illustration of Young Boy Thinking About a Rocket and Dinosaur
West Branch
West Branch Meeting Rooms A & B
Thursday, June 28 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. 

Books Before Bedtime

Illustration of Girl Playing Violin at Night
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
Thursday, June 28 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. 

Babies and Books

Bear Reading to Younger Animals
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
Monday, July 2 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.  

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