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!

Zumba Kids

Silhouettes of Two Children with Paint Splatters in Background
West Branch
West Branch Meeting Rooms A & B
Friday, June 24
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Get in the game!  Move to the music during this one-hour Zumba dance party.

Free Summer Meals at West Branch

Lunchbox with Milk, Sandwich and Apple
West Branch
West Branch Kitchen
Monday, June 27
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.

Exercise your mind: DIY with Amber

Scout Patches for Botany, Geology, Entomology and Ornithology
West Branch
West Branch Meeting Rooms A & B
Monday, June 27
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Learn awesome skills to become an Ornithologist, Botanist, Geologist and Entomologist during this do-it-yourself program with the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department.  Earn a patch with each skill completion.  Patches provided by the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department. Monday 6/27 is sign up and information day.  Activities run 6/28 through 7/1/16.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Build!

Toy Rabbit Driving Toy Dump Truck with Blocks
West Branch
West Branch Meeting Rooms A & B
Tuesday, June 28
11:15 am to 12:00 pm
Purdue Extension is coming to the library and they arebringing blocks. Lots of blocks! Playing with blocks is not only fun it also providesunique opportunities for building positive relationships and increasing earlylearning and school readiness skills, especially in the areas of math, science,pre-reading, physical and social skills. 

Free Summer Meals at West Branch

Lunchbox with Milk, Sandwich and Apple
West Branch
West Branch Kitchen
Tuesday, June 28
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.

Exercise your mind: DIY with Amber

Scout Patches for Botany, Geology, Entomology and Ornithology
West Branch
West Branch Meeting Rooms A & B
Tuesday, June 28
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Learn awesome skills to become an Ornithologist, Botanist, Geologist and Entomologist during this do-it-yourself program with the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department.  Earn a patch with each skill completion.  Patches provided by the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department. Monday 6/27 is sign up and information day.  Activities run 6/28 through 7/1/16.

Moovin' & Groovin'

Two Children Dancing
Main Library
Meeting Rooms A, B & C
Tuesday, June 28
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Put on your dancing shoes and get ready for some fun. The Vigo County Public Library (VCPL) will feature a night of three different styles of dance. The Sparkettes, a dance team made up of young women will here to teach a hip hop dance routine. We will also feature country line dancing made up of choreographed dance moves and repeated steps.  Lastly, we will feature a children's Zumba class that will feature kid friendly routines based on original Zumba choreography.  Come join us for this Moovin' and Groovin' event! Ready, set, dance!

Free Summer Meals at West Branch

Lunchbox with Milk, Sandwich and Apple
West Branch
West Branch Kitchen
Wednesday, June 29
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.

Exercise your mind: DIY with Amber

Scout Patches for Botany, Geology, Entomology and Ornithology
West Branch
West Branch Meeting Rooms A & B
Wednesday, June 29
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Learn awesome skills to become an Ornithologist, Botanist, Geologist and Entomologist during this do-it-yourself program with the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department.  Earn a patch with each skill completion.  Patches provided by the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department. Monday 6/27 is sign up and information day.  Activities run 6/28 through 7/1/16.

Free Summer Meals at West Branch

Lunchbox with Milk, Sandwich and Apple
West Branch
West Branch Kitchen
Thursday, June 30
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.

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