Experiment @ Your Library with Summer Reading Club! Saturday, May 31st to Thursday, July 24th

Summer Reading Club

Who can join the Summer Reading Club?

Summer Reading Club is for everyone! Early readers and their parents, and kids in grades K to 5 can explore their world with Fizz-Boom-Read!, while teens will Spark a Reaction. Adults can explore some Literary Elements of their own.

When does Summer Reading Club begin?

Summer Reading Club sign-ups will start on Saturday, May 31st. Summer Reading Club members will have until Thursday, July 24 to report their reading goals to the library location of their choice.

Where do I sign up for Summer Reading Club?

You may register at your preferred library location or online.

Which Summer Reading Club is right for me?

There are Summer Reading Clubs for all age groups! Just select the one that suits your age group:

  • Fizz-Boom-Read! for Early Literacy is for ages 0-5 and their parents. To participate in Fizz-Boom-Read! for Early Literacy, sign up online or at your favorite library location, then download the Activity Form (available May 31st) and complete the seven activities with your child. Once you've completed all the activities on the Activity Form, turn your form in at your preferred library location to receive your prize by Thursday, July 24.

  • Fizz-Boom-Read! is for grades K to 5. To participate in Fizz-Boom-Read!, sign up online or at your favorite library location, then download the Reading Log (available May 31st) and read a little (or a lot!) everyday. Turn your form in at your preferred library location to receive your prize by Thursday, July 24.

  • Spark a Reaction is for grades 6 to 12. To participate in Spark a Reaction, sign up online or at your favorite library location, then download the Periodic Table (available May 31st) and complete four activities adjacent to one another on the chart. Every group of activities can earn you a chance to win a Nexus 7 or other awesome prizes! Teens can also attend Summer Reading Events to earn additional chances to win! Turn in your Periodic Table by Thursday, July 24.

  • Literary Elements is for adults age 18 or older. To participate in Literary Elements, sign up online or at your favorite library location, then stop in every week to report your reading. Every week that you report your reading at your library location, you will be entered in a weekly raffle drawing for one of two gift cards.

    The first week for adults to report their reading is Monday, June 2 to Saturday, June 7. The last week to report your reading is Monday, July 21 to Thursday, July 24. Raffle drawings will be held at Main on Mondays starting June 9, and will include raffle tickets from both library locations. Winners will be posted on Facebook (link).

    On Monday, July 28th, all remaining raffle tickets will be entered into an end of summer drawing for Grand Prizes, including 2 e-readers/tablets!

Summer Reading Programs & Events

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JMG! Jammin! Muddin! & Growin! Jr. Master Gardener Program

Child Jumping in the Mud
West Branch
Tuesday, July 22 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Sign up to be a Jr. Master Gardener. Fun activities to teach horticultural and environmental sciences concepts. Presented by Purdue Extension. Snacks after.

Baby Bookworms

Cover: Eyes, Noses, Fingers and Toes by Judy Hindley
Main Library
Meeting Room B
Wednesday, July 23 - 10:00 am to 10:45 am

Bring the baby and enjoy stories, songs and fingerplays designed for children age 0-17 months and their caregivers. There will be an optional 15 minute play time immediately following the 30 minute storytime.
Library: Vigo County Public Library - Main Branch

Toddler Tales

Cover: How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers
Main Library
Meeting Room C
Wednesday, July 23 - 11:00 am to 11:45 am

Come explore at storytime as we hear a story, sing and do fingerplays together. There will be an optional 15 minute play time immediately following the 30 minute storytime. This event is designed for children age 18-36 months and their caregivers.

"Wacky" Kitchen Science

Young Boy in Front of a Chalkboard with Scientific Formulas
West Branch
Wednesday, July 23 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Have a "Wild" time with "Wacky" Kitchen science experiments using liquids. Snacks after.

Watch This! Free Family Movie "Meet the Robinsons"

Poster: Meet the Robinsons
Main Library
Meeting Rooms A, B, & C
Wednesday, July 23 - 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Do you ever wish you could travel through time? Come "Meet the Robinsons!" Lewis is a brilliant inventor who meets a mysterious stranger named Wilbur Robinson. Together they travel in a time machine to track down Bowler Hat Guy. The movie is based on a picture book called "A Day with Wilbur Robinson" by William Joyce. It is rated F for FUN! Just kidding; it’s really rated G and is 95 min. long. No registration required. Free snacks! Please call Youth Services @ 232-1115 for more information.

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Do You Want To Be A Scientist?

Scientific Formulas on Chalkboard
Main Library
Meeting Rooms A, B, & C
Thursday, July 24 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Bring your team of 2-4 teens (or team up with some new friends) and win this live science game show! Demonstrate your knowledge of science trivia and solve engineering challenges, then take the lead in the lightning round. Win prizes and glory! Grades 6-12. Registration Required.

Summer Reading Finale! Block Party!

Little Boy Running on Bounce House
Main Library
Library Lawn
Friday, July 25 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Children and teens who have met their summer reading goals are invited to participate in our Block Party Finale! Join us on the Walnut Street lawn for tons of excitement:Sidewalk chalk,bounce houses,a velcro wall,teen tricycles and more. We'll have pizza,snacks and drinks, and outdoor fun for infants-teens. Mom and dad may want to bring a lawn chair or blanket and listen to the MacDaddys perform a family friendly concert. Please note: In order to ensure patron safety, Walnut Street will be closed between 6th and 7th Streets during this event.

End of SRP "Blow-out"!

Orange and Yellow Sun
West Branch
Tuesday, July 29 - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Your body is one big science experiment just waiting to happen! Learn about science from head to toe with a free presentation from WonderLab. Refreshments will be served.

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Upcycle! Recycle! Adult Crafts: Book Centerpieces

Flower Made of Recycled Materials
Main Library
Meeting Rooms B & C
Tuesday, July 22 - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Join us as we work to turn something old into something new! Learn to create a variety of book-related crafts that can be used to form fun and entertaining centerpieces!

Woo Hoo! Crafts!

Young Girl with Paint on her Hand
West Branch
Thursday, July 24 - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Great Crafts, great fun! Snacks after.

Summer Reading Finale! Block Party!

Little Boy Running on Bounce House
Main Library
Library Lawn
Friday, July 25 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Children and teens who have met their summer reading goals are invited to participate in our Block Party Finale! Join us on the Walnut Street lawn for tons of excitement:Sidewalk chalk,bounce houses,a velcro wall,teen tricycles and more. We'll have pizza,snacks and drinks, and outdoor fun for infants-teens. Mom and dad may want to bring a lawn chair or blanket and listen to the MacDaddys perform a family friendly concert. Please note: In order to ensure patron safety, Walnut Street will be closed between 6th and 7th Streets during this event.

Watch This! Library Movie Event: Non-Stop

Poster: Non-Stop
Main Library
Meeting Rooms A, B, & C
Thursday, July 31 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Celebrate summer reading by joining us for this non-stop adventure! Ride along with Liam Neeson as he works to uncover the identity of a high flying killer hiding among the passengers of an airplane flight. Movie Information: PG-13 (children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult); 106 minutes.

Storytelling Workshop: Historic Storytelling

Main Library
Meeting Room C
Thursday, September 18 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Hear local tales and learn how historical research can take your family stories to the next level of professionalism. Led by local story tellers and Vigo County Public Library archivists, this workshop is open to the public.