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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.
  • 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!

Baby Bookworms

Cover: Shhhhh! Everybody's Sleeping by Markes
Main Library
Meeting Room C
Wednesday, June 24 - 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.

Toddler Tales

Cover: Shhhhh! Everybody's Sleeping by Markes
Main Library
Meeting Room C
Wednesday, June 24 - 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.

Wild About Wetlands

Swamp Monster
West Branch
Wednesday, June 24 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Explore the local Wabashiki wetlands through hands-on learning and earn an INPAWS Native Plant Wizard patch with Amber from the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department. During this week-long camp, teens will learn how to use binoculars, read field guides, identify native plants and animals, survival skills and more. Every day will be spent outdoors! This program has a maximum of 15 participants. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. For those entering 6th grade and up. Please call 812-462-3392 to register.

Every Hero has a Story: Karen Land and Romano: Iditarod Dog Mushing

Karen Land and Romano
Main Library
Meeting Rooms A, B, & C
Wednesday, June 24 - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Join Karen Land and her Alaskan Husky Romano as they take you on a journey to the Alaskan wilderness. Karen, a Hoosier native, is a three-time participant in the 1,150 mile Iditarod Sled Race. Along with Romano, her retired sled dog, Karen will share her experiences as she raced with her dog team through some of the world's toughest terrain!

Wild About Wetlands

Swamp Monster
West Branch
Thursday, June 25 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Explore the local Wabashiki wetlands through hands-on learning and earn an INPAWS Native Plant Wizard patch with Amber from the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department. During this week-long camp, teens will learn how to use binoculars, read field guides, identify native plants and animals, survival skills and more. Every day will be spent outdoors! This program has a maximum of 15 participants. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. For those entering 6th grade and up. Please call 812-462-3392 to register.

Heroes in the Sky

Superhero in Space
Main Library
Community Locations
Community Locations
Allen Planetarium, South Vigo High School
Thursday, June 25 - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The Greek gods and goddesses were "super heroes" to the ancient Greeks, just like Superman, Batman, and others are to us today. Many of the planets were named after these gods and goddesses. Planetarium Director Holly Hudson will share stories about the planets and constellations in two shows at the Allen Planetarium at South Vigo High School. No registration or tickets are necessary for this family program!

Heroes in the Sky

Superhero in Space
Community Locations
Main Library
Community Locations
Allen Planetarium, South Vigo High School
Thursday, June 25 - 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

The Greek gods and goddesses were "super heroes" to the ancient Greeks, just like Superman, Batman, and others are to us today. Many of the planets were named after these gods and goddesses. Planetarium Director Holly Hudson will share stories about the planets and constellations in two shows at the Allen Planetarium at South Vigo High School. No registration or tickets are necessary for the family program!

World of Adventure Storytime

Cover: The Three Little Pigs by Galdone
Main Library
Friday, June 26 - 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.

Wild About Wetlands

Swamp Monster
West Branch
Friday, June 26 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Explore the local Wabashiki wetlands through hands-on learning and earn an INPAWS Native Plant Wizard patch with Amber from the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department. During this week-long camp, teens will learn how to use binoculars, read field guides, identify native plants and animals, survival skills and more. Every day will be spent outdoors! This program has a maximum of 15 participants. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. For those entering 6th grade and up. Please call 812-462-3392 to register.

Pizza and Panels

Pizza and Panels Comic Book Style Logo
Main Library
Youth Services
Friday, June 26 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Like comics, manga, or graphic novels? Like pizza? Join us for a pizza party and a look into the hottest comics in our collection, as well as a crash course in the history of the art of comics! Grades 6-12. Please register.

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