Build a Better World Logo; For All Ages; June 1 - July 31

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.
  • Log the number of hours you’ve read beginning June 1.
  • Log your hours for a chance to win the weekly prize for your age group and a chance to win a grand prize.

What can I win?

There will be weekly prize baskets for each age group that include gift cards, books, admission tickets and more.

At the end of the summer, grand prize winners will be awarded for each age group.

Why should I (or my children) join Summer Reading Club?

Reading increases vocabulary, supports comprehension skill, develops narrative skills, and is just plain fun. The dreaded summer slide is real. Being away from school causes students to forget many of the skills they learn during the year. Reading for 20 minutes every day can help prevent loss of reading skills and keep imagination building all year long.

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, communication skills, and help children perform better academically.

Why do I need to report my Reading Hours?

As you log your hours, you become eligible for weekly and grand prizes. Report your reading hours before July 31, so that your hours count toward our county-wide Community Goal.

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.

Build a Better World

World of Girls

Young Girl on Swing
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
Thursday, June 1 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Home schooled girls ages 5-8 can take a journey around the world through a series of five meetings in which girls will learn to celebrate beauty, diversity, and the value of one another.

Preschool Storytime

Cover: Bee Dance by Chrustowskij
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
Wednesday, June 7 10:00 am to 10:30 am
Preschoolers are invited to join us at the library for an interactive half hour of song, dance, crafts, and stories!  Ages 3-5 will get interaction with other children while working on enhancing skills important to their development.  Storytime will start at 10:00am and optional 30 minute free play will be offered after storytime until 11:00am.  For further information contact the library at 812-232-1113.   

Bendy Bodies Yoga

Young Girl in Lotus Position
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
Wednesday, June 7 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Join Joy Sutter and Bend your Body!

Pop Up at the Park

Children Playing with Ball
Community Locations
Fowler Park - Shelter A
Thursday, June 8 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Meet local librarians at Fowler Park's Shelter A for hands-on play, games and other entertaining activities. Take this opportunity to explore and get to know library staff while youngsters enjoy.  Fowler Park Shelter A.

Build With Me

Train Made from Building Blocks In Front of Chalkboard
West Branch
West Branch Meeting Rooms A & B
Thursday, June 8 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Mommy & Me/Daddy & Me BRICKS 4 KIDZ® class brings building with LEGO® Duplo. Each class will introduce your child to stories, building, games and creative play while enjoying positive social interaction.

World of Girls

Young Girl on Swing
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
Thursday, June 8 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Home schooled girls ages 5-8 can take a journey around the world through a series of five meetings in which girls will learn to celebrate beauty, diversity, and the value of one another.

Build a Better World: Rube Goldberg Machines

Abstract Blocks with Gears
Main Library
Meeting Room C
Thursday, June 8 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Build a piece of a Rube Goldberg machine, then string them together to make something happen! Use your engineering smarts to make something new.Rube Goldberg machines use multiple and unnecessary steps to accomplish a goal, like the game Mouse Trap. What can you create?

Astronomy for Everyone: Size & Scale of the Universe

Sun with Inner Planets
West Branch
West Branch Meeting Rooms A & B
Thursday, June 8 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Kevin Manning, an astronomer and consultant for NASA will guide us through the smallest and largest destinations in our universe. We will also go outdoors to view celestial objects through a powerful telescope.

Nature Play Days: Plug Into Nature

Children Outside
Community Locations
Hawthorn Park
Friday, June 9 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Unplug your devices and plug into nature. Play in the park with the Vigo County Public Library and Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department before watching "The Jungle Book".  

Preschool Storytime

Cover: Love Always Everywhere by Massini
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
Wednesday, June 14 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Preschoolers are invited to join us at the library for an interactive half hour of song, dance, crafts, and stories!  Ages 3-5 will get interaction with other children while working on enhancing skills important to their development.  Storytime will start at 10:00am and optional 30 minute free play will be offered after storytime until 11:00am.  For further information contact the library at 812-232-1113.   

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