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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

Watch This! West Coco

Poster: Coco
West Branch
West Branch Meeting Rooms A & B
Monday, July 2 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Despite his family's ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. To prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead where he meets the cunning Héctor and embarks on a journey to unlock the real story behind his family history. Refreshments will be served.

Nutrition Rocks with Purdue Extension

A Healthy Lunch
West Branch
West Branch Meeting Room B
Tuesday, July 3 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Ages 5-8: Facts, food and physical activity.  Rock through this nutrition program with fun stories and movement both inside and out, weather permitting.

Libraries Rock: Guitar Hero and Rock Band

Illustration of Young Man with Guitar Jumping
Main Library
VCPL Teen Space
Friday, July 6 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Ages 12-19: Put your band together and unleash your inner rock star!  Jam on drums, guitar, bass and vocals as you play games from the Guitar Hero and Rock Band series.  Refreshments will be provided.

Rockin' Family Fitness!

Illustration of Grandmother and Two Children Dancing
Main Library
Meeting Rooms A, B & C
Monday, July 9 10:00 am to 11:00 am
All ages: Get ready for some Rockin' Family Fitness.  Health and fitness should be a priority-- but when can you find the time?  Bring your children, infants through school-age, to be your workout buddy and show them how staying active and healthy can be fun for all ages.  Children who are able can exercise alongside you or you can wear or hold your infant to add some extra resistance to your workout.  The fitness portion will last 30 minutes.

Babies and Books

Bear Reading to Younger Animals
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
Monday, July 9 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.  

Nutrition Rocks with Purdue Extension

A Healthy Lunch
West Branch
West Branch Meeting Room B
Tuesday, July 10 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Ages 5-8: Facts, food and physical activity.  Rock through this nutrition program with fun stories and movement both inside and out, weather permitting.

Maker Camp - Stomp Rockets

Illustration of Red Toy Robot
Main Library
Haute Create
Wednesday, July 11 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.  Stomp Rockets - Make your own air powered paper rocket and launcher. Test out how the design of your rocket's fins impact the flight trajectory.

BRICKS 4 KIDZ® WeDo Coding Drumstick

Boy Building Robotic Toy
West Branch
West Branch Meeting Rooms A & B
Wednesday, July 11 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
BRICKS 4 KIDZ® coding class teaches important strategies to enhance logic and problem-solving skills and to work toward becoming technological innovators of tomorrow.  Students will write a code that reacts to the position of the Drumstick model to make various percussion instrument sounds and change the look of the instruments on the screen.    

What's that sound? Dinosaur

Illustration of Young Boy Thinking About a Rocket and Dinosaur
West Branch
West Branch Meeting Rooms A & B
Thursday, July 12 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

Child's Hands Digging in Mud
Community Locations
Honey Creek Mall
Thursday, July 12 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
All ages: Experience the natural world at Honey Creek Mall and learn about the Nature Explore certified classroom.  Enjoy the same creative and family-oriented activities that you would if you were visiting the West Branch.

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