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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!

Super Summer Programs @ Your Library!

VCPL Otaku Guild

Young Man and Young Woman Drawn in Manga Style
Main Library
Meeting Room C
Wednesday, June 10 - 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Interested in anime, manga, video games, and more? This is the club for you. We will explore and enjoy the many parts of Japan's renowned Otaku culture!

World of Adventure Storytime

Cover: Wolf Spider by Archer
Main Library
Friday, June 12 - 11:00 am to 11:45 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.

Costuming 101

Woman Dressed in Spider Superhero Costume
Main Library
Youth Services
Saturday, June 13 - 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Want to impress the world with your costuming skills? Learn how to make your favorite superhero accessories, including a cape, boots, gauntlets, and masks. Together we will learn how to make costumes on the cheap, but still look super. Grades 6-12.

Watch This! Movie Matinee: Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy Poster
Main Library
Meeting Rooms A, B, & C
Saturday, June 13 - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe. Rated PG-13: Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. 121 minutes. Free refreshments provided.

Policemen Are Heroes!

Cartoon Policeman and Cruiser
Main Library
Meeting Rooms A, B, & C
Monday, June 15 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Come and meet real heroes from the Terre Haute Police Department!  Members from the Terre Haute Police Department will be demonstrating some of the activities they use at the Junior Police Academy.

VCPL Writers' Cafe

VCPL Writers' Cafe @ Java Haute Logo
Community Locations
Main Library
Java Haute
Tuesday, June 16 - 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Calling all creative writers! Are you interested in sharing your writing, improving your craft, and networking? Join us at Java Haute for the chance to meet and talk with fellow writers!

World of Adventure Storytime

Cover: Dig Wait Listen by Sayre
Main Library
Meeting Room A
Wednesday, June 17 - 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.

Craft This! Who's your Hero?

Paper Pinwheels
West Branch
Wednesday, June 17 - 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Make a shadowbox honoring your hero.

Soapy Science Heroes - Bubble Fest

Little Girl Blowing Bubbles
West Branch
Wednesday, June 17 - 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

It’s time for some serious mad science and a WHOLE lot of bubbles! Join in on this soapy science adventure and create bubbles in all different forms. If you like to experiment and play chemist, or if you just like to blow bubbles, then this is the day for you!

This event will be outdoors and kids may get wet, please wear weather appropriate clothing. Super bubble blowers of all ages welcome!

Teen Titan Training

Superhero Boy with Flame Burst in Hand
Main Library
Library Lawn
Thursday, June 18 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

You know you've always wanted to be a superhero. Join us for an obstacle course unlike any other. Become a Teen Titan! Wear a plain white shirt and prepare to get messy!

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