The Indianapolis Library kicked off it’s summer reading program, READ in Any Language this week and families around the city have signed up for a summer of learning & fun.
Children and the adults who read to them are eligible to sign up for the program. Each participant is issued a card, where points are recorded based on the books read. After earning points, participants are able to redeem them for prizes. The prizes in turn can foster even more experiences. This year’s prizes include passes to the State Fair, passes to the TCM Haunted House, and much more. Of course kids can also earn bouncy balls and a variety of plastic prizes too. Strategic parents earn the passes they want first, and then let the kids get their fill of silly putty and squirt guns. Each reader is eligible to earn 600 points, which plenty of points to do both.
In addition to the summer reading program, every branch in the IPL system is busy with activities designed for kids on summer break. There are movie showings, craft activities and special presentations. With this summer’s international theme, special events includes a presentation of “Many Cultures, Many Instruments” at each library branch. Critter Chats are also being held at each library, presented by Animalia. All schedules can be found online, and there are printed calendars at each library branch. Summer is great time to library hop. The movie line up includes recent movies such as “Frozen” and “The LEGO Movie”. At the Central Library, movies are presented in the auditorium, so it’s a lot like a movie theater. Each branch also offers a program called “Paws to Read”. Reluctant readers can sign up to read to a trained therapy dog whose job it is to listen.
The library program offers fun incentives to help keep kids reading during the dog days of summer. It also offers a cool, enriching escape from the summer heat. Check out the extensive summer offerings at a Library branch near you!