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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!

Adults

  • 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!

Get in the Game!

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Bookmark Makers!

Bookmarks on Star Background
Main Library
VCPL Computer Lab
Friday, June 10
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Drop in to create a Summer Reading themed bookmark to keep and to share!

Zumba Kids

Silhouettes of Two Children with Paint Splatters in Background
West Branch
West Branch Meeting Rooms A & B
Friday, June 10
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Get in the game!  Move to the music during this one-hour Zumba dance party.

Music Makers

Illustration of Children Playing Instruments
West Branch
West Branch Meeting Room B
West Branch Meeting Rooms A & B
Tuesday, June 14
11:00 am to 11:45 am
Come ready to move and sing!  Children ages 1-6 and their caregiver(s) can look forward to strengthening early literacy skills through fun and engaging stories, songs, and movement activities.

Nature Play Days: Plug into Nature

Group of Children Outdoors
Main Library
Community Locations
Youth Services Program Room
Hawthorn Park - Dogwood Shelter
Tuesday, June 14
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Unplug your devices and plug into nature. Play in the park with the Vigo County Public Library and Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department! Activities include water games, hopscotch, fort building, mud pies, nature hike and scavenger hunt.

Bookmark Makers!

Bookmarks on Star Background
West Branch
Wednesday, June 15
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Drop in to create a Summer Reading themed bookmark to keep and to share!

Fit & Fab Moms Baby Program

Illustration of Infants with Ball
West Branch
West Branch Meeting Room B
Wednesday, June 15
5:30 pm to 6:15 pm
Parents, come work out and play with your baby at the same time! Erin Gregory, a certified fitness instructor, will be here to teach parents/caregivers effective exercise moves that will encourage parents to stay fit and active in and out of the home. The exercises will be strength focused including: baby bicep curls, baby squats, baby crunches, and more as the goal of the class is to educate parents about fitness and help them to get excited about leading a healthy, active life with their new addition to the family.

Professor Steve: The Science of Basketball

Silhouette of Basketball Player Making Jump Shot
Main Library
Meeting Rooms B & C
Saturday, June 18
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Basketball is a fun sport to play, but what do we know of the science of basketball? Let Professor Steve dazzle your kids & adults with basketball-related experiments & demonstrations as we look at the game from a scientific viewpoint.  Principles of air-pressure, combustion, energy & biology will be explored, combined with sports principles such as teamwork, following directions & listening to the coach.

Free Summer Meals at West Branch

Lunchbox with Milk, Sandwich and Apple
West Branch
West Branch Kitchen
Monday, June 20
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
Free Summer Meals provided by the Vigo County School Corporation will be served at the West Branch located at 125 N. Church Street, West Terre Haute, IN 47885.There is no cost to attend.  Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture partners with local organizations like libraries to provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer.  Any child under age 18 may come and eat.  For further information call the West Branch of the Vigo County Public Library at 812-235-2121.

Get in the game at West

Craft Supplies
West Branch
West Branch Meeting Rooms A & B
Monday, June 20
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
The Vigo County Public Library, West Branch in partnership with Purdue Extension, Marie West and other local community organizations will help you get in the game this summer.  Activities include cooking, planting, crafts, fun science experiments and outdoor games.  Library programs will run from 1pm to 3pm each day and registration is required.  Parental involvement and participation are encouraged at all young peoples' events and programs.

STEM Van: Forensic Laboratory

Two Young Detectives on a Sidewalk
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
VCPL West Wing Ramp
Monday, June 20
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Can you be a crime scene investigator? The Girl Scouts of Central Indiana will bring the STEM van to the VCPL. This program will challenge children to solve a crime using hands-on techniques, while teaching them what it takes to be criminal detectives.  Registration is required. The STEM van can only accommodate 30 children per hour.

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