Silhouetted cityscape against an evening sky with Every Here Has A Story Logo

In the summer when books sit neglected on the shelves and reading skills fall into disuse, a hero will rise: YOU! Here at the Vigo County Public Library, we know that Every Hero Has a Story.

Who can join Summer Reading Club?

Summer Reading Club is open to everyone, from infants to grandparents. The Summer Reading Club program is divided into four age groups: Family Literacy, for ages 0-4 and their parents or caregivers; Kids, for ages 5-12; Teens, for ages 13-17; and Adults for ages 18 or over.

Summer Reading Club members are eligible for prizes, depending on age group, and the total number of hours read by all age groups from June 1st to July 31st will count towards our Community Reading Goal of 30,000 hours!

Why should I (or my children) join Summer Reading Club?

Summer is an important time for students, because being away from school can lead to the dreaded Summer Slide, when students forget many of the skills that they learned during the school year. Reading for at least 20 minutes every day can help to prevent a loss of reading skills as well as keeping that imagination firing all year long! Reading increases vocabulary, supports comprehension skill, develops narrative skills, and is just plain fun.

For adults, reading can reduce stress, improve sleep, teach new skills, and keep the mind sharp by improving memory, concentration and focus. Avid readers are more empathetic and possess greater vocabularies, analytic skills, and creativity. The mental stimulation from reading might even help stave off some cognitive impairment disorders, like Alzheimer’s disease, and aid with some symptoms of depression.

Parents and other caregivers are children’s first and most influential teachers, affecting children’s school performance. Parents who read model this behavior for the children and encourage the development of a lifelong habit. Reading to young children can also build a stronger relationship with the parent or caregiver, teach basic speech and communication skills, and help them perform better academically.

How do I sign up?

Early Readers and Kids (Birth to Age 4) (Grades K-5)

  • Sign up at your library or online, and set a goal of hours read this summer!
  • Log your hours on your reading log for early readers ages 6 and under or for kids ages 7 and up.
  • Report your reading hours any time after July 1 and before July 30 at your library.
  • Get your invitation to our Summer Block Party Finale and an entry into a drawing for fabulous prizes when you report!
  • Win gift cards for Toys R’ Us, Bouncin’ Barn, Books-A-Million and more!

Teens (Grades 6-12)

  • Sign up at your library or online, and set a goal of hours read this summer!
  • Log your hours on your reading log.
  • Report your reading hours any time after July 1 and before July 30 at your library.
  • Get your invitation to our Summer Block Party Finale and an entry into a drawing for fabulous prizes when you report!
  • Win a bicycle or gift cards for AMC, Books-A-Million, McDonalds, and more!


  • Sign up at your library or online! If you sign up online, be sure to visit your library to select your signup prize.
  • Report your hours at your library or online beginning June 1.
  • When you report, you can enter into a weekly drawing, running Monday to Sunday. One ticket per 5 hours reported.
  • You can receive additional tickets by attending any adult summer reading program in June or July.
  • If your ticket isn’t drawn in the weekly drawings on Mondays, your tickets will be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing. Grand Prize winners will be announced on August 3. Each week, raffle tickets will go into a weekly drawing AND patrons will be able to put tickets in for a grand prize of their choice (there will be a variety to choose from, including a Kindle, gift cards, and admission tickets).

What can I read that will count towards my Reading Hours?

You can read anything that you like! Whether you enjoy fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, audiobooks, magazines, or short stories, we have it all at the Vigo County Public Library and it will count towards your reading hours.

Why do I need to report my Reading Hours?

Everyone should be sure to report your reading hours before July 31, so that you can help us reach our county-wide Community Goal. Together, we can read over 30,000 hours in the summer of 2015. If, and only if, we meet our Community Goal, some very special guests will help us celebrate!

Super Summer Programs @ Your Library!

Summer Reading Kickoff: Superhero Party at the Indiana Theater

Superhero Boy Flying Over City
Main Library
Youth Services
Saturday, May 30 -
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Join us for our Summer Reading Kickoff at the Indiana Theater! Watch a super secret superhero movie (PG), take some super pictures, and play some games. Be sure to wear your best superhero gear in honor of our theme, "Every Hero Has a Story." This is a free event for families in the community. Call 232-1115 with questions.

Super Saturday Summer Reading Kickoff in West Terre Haute

The Lemon Brothers Band
West Branch
Saturday, May 30 -
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us for music and movies at the West Terre Haute Little League Ballpark. The Lemon Brothers Band will kick off the fun with an outdoor movie to follow. This is a free event for families in the community. Our summer reading 2015 theme is, “Every Hero Has a Story.” Adults and children can sign up for summer reading and get started towards our Vigo County Community Goal. Every minute you read counts towards reaching our goal and eligibility for fun prizes. Come and enjoy!! Questions call 812-235-2121.

Superhero Storytime

Cover: Mighty Max! by Ziefert
Main Library
Meeting Room C
Thursday, June 4 -
6:00 pm to 6:45 pm

Ages 2-6 can join us for a Super Hero themed storytime with fun stories, interactive songs and games.

Get the Story - Local Heroes at the West Branch

Cartoon Robot
West Branch
Friday, June 5 -
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Stacey Faith, Nutrition and Health Educator from Purdue Extension will discuss why eating healthy gives us the energy to be the best that we can be. Take part in a delicious smoothie-tasting demonstration and then it’s outside to meet our local First Robotics team 5188 and their heroic robot. This is a great chance to learn what robotics is all about.

Summer Fun on the Trail: Heroic Adventures

Safari Hat and Compass
Main Library
Meeting Rooms A, B, & C
Monday, June 8 -
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Join us for an adventurous hour on the Born Learning Trail, if you dare! We will have toys and activities to enliven imaginations and encourage explorers to discover new worlds on the Trail.  

Every Entrepreneur Has a Story

West Branch
Tuesday, June 9 -
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Get ready for Lemonade Day 2015! This is a free workshop for youth interested in participating. Learn how to make a plan and budget, find an investor, choose a location and advertise. After attending this information session you will be prepared to help make a difference in your community.

Baby Bookworms

Cover: Hands On by Hudson
Main Library
Meeting Room C
Wednesday, June 10 -
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Come and join us for fun and engaging stories, songs, and activities that parents/caregivers and their babies will enjoy together. A 15 minute optional playtime will be offered afterwards.

World of Adventure Storytime

Cover: Wolf Spider by Archer
Main Library
Meeting Room A
Wednesday, June 10 -
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Join us for stories, songs, finger-plays and art projects! Created for young people 3-5 years with their caregivers and parents. Registration not required. Please call 232-1115 for additional information.

Toddler Tales

Cover: All By Myself by Aliki
Main Library
Meeting Room C
Wednesday, June 10 -
11:00 am to 11:45 am

Fun, interactive stories, songs, and activities for our 'littlest ones' 18 months - 36 months and their caregivers or parents.

Craft This! Who's your Hero?

Paper Pinwheels
Main Library
Meeting Room A
Wednesday, June 10 -
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Great crafts using recycled materials.