Get in the game this summer and Exercise Your Mind!
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 0-5 and their parents or caregivers; Kids, for ages 6-12; Teens, for ages 13-17; and Adults for ages 18 or over.
Summer Reading Club members are eligible for prizes 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!
How do I sign up?
- Sign up at your library or online!
- Keep track of your hours on your reading log: early readers ages 5 and under , kids ages 6 and up, teens, adult.
- Log the number of hours you’ve read online beginning June 1.
- For ages 0-17, every time you log your hours online you get a chance to win the weekly prize and earn a ticket to the Summer Block Party Finale.
- For adults, every 5 hours read and logged, you will be entered into a weekly drawing as well as the grand prize drawing of your choice.
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 31st, so that you can help us reach our county-wide Community Goal. Together, we can read over 30,000 hours in the summer of 2016.
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.