Construction Alert: Limited parking will be available at the Main Branch starting May 8 due to a parking lot expansion project. Please note there is street parking along Seventh and Walnut Streets. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
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.