Exercise Your Mind: Summer Reading 2016 Logo: Baseball wearing Baseball Cap and Two Bats in Behind

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.

Get in the Game!

Bookmark Makers!

Bookmarks on Star Background
West Branch
Wednesday, June 1
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Drop in to create a Summer Reading themed bookmark to keep and to share!

Nature Tales

Illustration of Children Reading on Grass
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
Wednesday, June 1
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Take a break from your busy day for a nature themed storytime. Create a fun, easy craft to take home.

Mother Goose Olympics

Boy Carrying Olympic Torch
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
Thursday, June 2
10:00 am to 11:00 am
How well do you know your nursery rhymes? Join us for Mother Goose Olympics! This program will feature a combination of nursery rhymes and physical exercise for the children as they compete in special games named after some popular nursery rhymes.

Mother Goose Olympics

Boy Carrying Olympic Torch
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
Saturday, June 4
10:00 am to 11:00 am
How well do you know your nursery rhymes? Join us for Mother Goose Olympics! This program will feature a combination of nursery rhymes and physical exercise for the children as they compete in special games named after some popular nursery rhymes.

Bright Science, Bright Minds

Burner and Beakers
Main Library
Meeting Room C
Monday, June 6
2:00 pm to 2:30 pm
This special interactive show by Wonderlab will "brighten" the mind.  This visually exciting demonstration showcases colored flames, glowing liquids, and tricks with fire that will educate and entertain. 

Bright Science, Bright Minds

Beakers
West Branch
West Branch Meeting Room A
Monday, June 6
5:30 pm to 6:00 pm
This special interactive show by Wonderlab will "brighten" the mind.  This visually exciting demonstration showcases colored flames, glowing liquids, and tricks with fire that will educate and entertain. 

Tuesday Play

Illustration of Game Controller
Main Library
VCPL Teen Space
Tuesday, June 7
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Come play in the Teen Space.  Every Tuesday, a different video game will be featured, as well as a variety of board games and card games. Bring your friends and chill out.Tuesday, June 7-Mario Kart Wii

My Incredible Body: Human Body Science

Two Girls with Soccer Ball, Tennis Racket and Trophy
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
Tuesday, June 7
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
What is blood made of?  How do your lungs work? Learn the answers to these questions and more while you exercise your mind and body at the Vigo County Public Library!

Garden to Table

Vegetables on a Gingham Cloth
West Branch
West Branch Kitchen
Wednesday, June 8
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Freshen up your gardening game!  Learn to grown your own vegetables, prepare quick, easy summer recipes and stretch your food dollars at home.  Take home produce and free gifts from Purdue Extension.  Registration is required. Registrations can be made in person at the library, or by phone 812-235-2121 or 812-462-3317.

Bike Safety

Girl Riding Bike
Main Library
Meeting Room B
Wednesday, June 8
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
J's Bikes comes to the library to discuss proper bike safety for all ages followed by an interactive bike course.

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