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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

Babies and Books

Bear Reading to Younger Animals
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
Monday, July 16 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 17 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 - Strawbots/Sci Fi Light Painting

Illustration of Red Toy Robot
Main Library
Haute Create
Wednesday, July 18 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.  Strawbots/Sci Fi Light Painting - Build your own vibrating robot that can draw crazy pictures using a pager motor. Draw glowing art that only appears in photographs. Explore what happens when you add additional LEDs to your painting.

Community Band: The History and Continuing Legacy

Copper Trumpet Bell Viewed Straight-On
Main Library
Meeting Room B
Wednesday, July 18 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
James Chesterson, President of the Terre Haute Community Band, Inc. and Music Director for the Terre Haute Sinfonietta Pops Orchestra, will discuss the work that the Community Band does toward music preservation and how they spread music throughout the Wabash Valley.

What's that sound? Rocket

Illustration of Young Boy Thinking About a Rocket and Dinosaur
West Branch
West Branch Meeting Rooms A & B
Thursday, July 19 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. 

STEM Van: Science with Color

Illustration of Beakers Filled with Colorful Liquid
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
Thursday, July 19 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Ages 5-11: A rainbow may be amazing in the sky, but you should see them in the lab.  Become a colorologist and experiment with color mixing, chemical reactions and art.

Libraries Rock: Teen Karaoke

Neon Sign of Hand Holding Microphone
Main Library
VCPL Teen Space
Friday, July 20 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Ages 12-19: Be ready to sing your heart out - or just enjoy some snacks while others perform.  Singers of all talent levels are welcome!

Babies and Books

Bear Reading to Younger Animals
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
Monday, July 23 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.  

Summer Rocks! Scavenger Hunt

Illustration of Magnifying Glass Over an X on a Map
West Branch
West Branch Shelter
Tuesday, July 24 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Get outside and start digging - rocks and minerals are waiting to be discovered. Kids will be introduced to rocks and minerals common to the area, then will go on a scavenger hunt to find them!

Maker Camp - Canjo

Illustration of Red Toy Robot
Main Library
Haute Create
Wednesday, July 25 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.  Canjo - Explore music and acoustics by making a full size single string guitar.  Discover how using a tin can amplifies sound. Try tuning your Canjo using a free guitar tuning app for a smartphone.

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