A Universe of Stories; For All Ages; June 1 - July 31
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What Is Summer Reading?

Summer Reading is reading for your own enjoyment during the summer months.

When Is Summer Reading?

Summer Reading lasts from Saturday, June 1 to Wednesday, July 31. You can sign up at any time. Check our event guide for programs, events and activities throughout the summer.

Who Can Sign Up for Summer Reading?

Summer Reading is open to everyone, regardless of age. From infants to adults, everyone can participate in one of four age categories:

  • Family Literacy: Ages 0-5 and their parents or caregivers
  • Kids: Ages 6-11
  • Teens: Ages 12-19
  • Adults: Ages 20 or over

Why Should I Participate?

Reading for pleasure has benefits for every age group:

  • Family Literacy:
    • Reading aloud to your young children increases their vocabulary and gets them ready to enter kindergarten.
    • Sharing books together is the perfect way for families to bond.
  • Kids:
    • Reading throughout the summer prevents kids from losing their reading skills.
    • Allowing kids to make their own reading choices promotes creativity and a love of learning.
  • Teens:
    • Reading expands teens' knowledge of the world around them.
    • Teens can work through personal struggles and build empathy by reading stories that they find relatable.
  • Adults:
    • Reading teaches new skills and improves memory, concentration and focus.
    • Escaping into your favorite reading materials can help relieve stress.

Every child will receive a free book to keep when they turn in a completed Bingo Card (ages 0-5) or Reading Log (ages 6-12) at the Library. Teens and Adults who log their reading hours online will be entered into weekly prize drawings.

At the end of Summer Reading, everyone who has logged hours will have a chance at a grand prize drawing for their age category. All prize winners are randomly selected from logged hours, Bingo Cards or Reading Logs.

Does It Matter What I Read?

You can read anything that you like. If you're not sure where to start, Library staff would love to help you find your perfect reading materials — whether you enjoy mysteries, true crime, science fiction, graphic novels, audiobooks, cookbooks, newspapers, magazines or short stories.

How Do I Participate in Summer Reading?

First, sign up online or at your nearest Library location. Then pick up a Summer Reading Event Guide or download your age category's Reading Log.

  • Family Literacy:
    • Complete 20 activities on your Bingo Card.
    • Bring your Bingo Card to your Library location to receive your free book and be entered in the grand prize drawing.
  • Kids:
    • Track your progress on your Reading Log.
    • When you've read either 10 books or for 10 hours, bring your Reading Log to your Library location to receive your free book and be entered in the grand prize drawing.
  • Teens:
    • Track the hours that you read this summer on your Reading Log.
    • Log your hours online for a chance to win weekly prizes and to be entered into the grand prize drawing.
  • Adults:
    • Track the hours that you read this summer on your Reading Log.
    • Log your hours online for a chance to win weekly prizes and to be entered into the grand prize drawing.
Family Literacy Reading Log
Kids Reading Log
Teens Reading Log
Adults Reading Log

Events & Programs

Friends of the Library Monthly Book Sale

Books in Red Basket
Main Library
Meeting Rooms A, B & C
Saturday, June 1 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Shop from a selection of thousands of items: Books, movies, music and more.  The average book price just $1.00.  Proceeds raised at the monthly book sales help provide funding for Library programs and services.

Author Accolades

Woodcut of Hand with Pen on Parchment Background
Main Library
VCPL Lobby
Saturday, June 1 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
9:00am-11:00am- Hello, Beautiful by Jeanette Levellie and Beth Gormong is an interactive devotional book with the purpose of finally loving yourself based on how God sees you: valuable, capable and precious. 10:00am- 1:00pm- Tiptoeing Through Tulips by L.V. Bell is an adult romance and suspense, not 50 Shades of Grey but not Little House on the Prairie either.Copies of the authors' books will be available for purchase and personalization.

Wabash Valley Coder Dojo

Children Gathered Around a Laptop
Main Library
Haute Create
Saturday, June 1 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ages 7-17: Learn to code, build a website, create an app or a game and explore technology in an informal, creative and social environment.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Goose with Two Goslings
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
Saturday, June 1 10:00 am to 10:30 am
Join Mother Goose for an interactive storytime with books, songs, rhymes and musical instruments.  You and your child will play together and develop early literacy skills.

Friends of the Library Monthly Book Sale

Books in Red Basket
Main Library
Meeting Rooms A, B & C
Sunday, June 2 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Shop from a selection of thousands of items: Books, movies, music and more.  The average book price is just $1.00.  Proceeds raised at the monthly book sales help provide funding for Library programs and services.

Tiny Tot Time

Mother Bear Reading to Bear Cub in Grass
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
Monday, June 3 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Ages 0 - 24 months: Bring your baby to the library for stories, songs, dance, and activities from 10:00 am - 10:30 am. There will be 30 minutes of free play offered from 10:30 am - 11:00 am.

Astronaut Adventure

Space Ship Control Panel Overlooking Moon and Sun
Main Library
Meeting Rooms A, B & C
Monday, June 3 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Ages 5 - 11: Become a NASA astronaut by going through official training! Make your way through various stations to learn how to walk on the moon, eat like an astronaut, and much more. After completing the training each child earns their own NASA badge to become an official astronaut.

Books & Brews

Glass of Bear with Books & Brews
Community Locations
Terre Haute Brewing Company
Monday, June 3 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Join us at Terre Haute Brewing Company for a different type of book club. Get yourself some food and drinks, meet new friends and come have a good time talking about your favorite books.  21+ please. Sponsored by Terre Haute Brewing Company.

Welcome to the Web

Hands on Keyboard
Main Library
Haute Create
Tuesday, June 4 10:00 am to 11:00 am
You've heard of Google, but what do you do with it? Learn basic search techniques and how to navigate your favorite websites.  Please be familiar with using a mouse.

Stories and Space

Two Children in UFO Flying Above an Open Book
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
Tuesday, June 4 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
K - 2nd Grade:  Make space for stories and music and then blast off into the universe with art, activities and snacks. 

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