Beyond Books

Join the fun and sign up for Summer Reading programs

2014-05-19T00:00:00Z Join the fun and sign up for Summer Reading programsLake County Public Library staff
May 19, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Exploding Art, Splish-Splash Science, H2O-Ology. . .this summer is all about science and other fun activities at the Lake County Public Library.

During “Fizz, Boom, Read!,” children will enjoy hands-on science experiences at the Challenger Learning Center in Hammond and learn about constellations while gazing at the stars inside the Starlab Portable Planetarium. Classes and events are created to excite children and promote STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education.

Preschoolers will develop early literacy skills and schoolchildren will sharpen their reading skills while earning prizes. Children will earn a prize for every 10 books read. Toddlers and preschoolers 2 to 5 will earn prizes when they are read to by parents, caregivers, and older siblings. Reading magazines, graphic novels, ebooks, and listening to audio books will also count towards prizes.

Each branch of the Lake County Public Library will have its classes and events listed in a printed calendar format for parent convenience. Our lap-sit class, Mother Goose on the Loose, will continue during our summer programming. Classes and events tend to fill up quickly. Registration in advance is greatly encouraged. A Lake County Public card is required to register for classes.

Teens will “Spark a Reaction” when they participate at any library location. Win a prize just for reading — one entry for every 100 pages, magazine, or book you listen to or read. Drawings for prizes of gift cards and books are weekly. Read to be eligible for a grand prize of a gift card and bag of great goodies, too.

Every week Highland teens will explore zombies, myth-busters, Rube Goldberg drag racing, forensics, and more, along with a Mad Scientist program they will present to younger kids.

Experience the science of Bottle Rockets, Gross-Out Crafts, Boomin’ Bottles, Microwaves, the Zombie Apocalypse or Sensational Sticks (including exploding craft sticks) at the Cedar Lake Branch.

Dr. Who will be featured at Hobart and Cedar Lake branches, and several locations will host gaming with Wii and PlayStation.

The Merrillville branch will teach geocaching and teens  will discuss Fact vs. Fiction—Bigfoot, ghosts, Loch Ness, fairies, and aliens, and make slime along with mythical snacks.

Experience tie-dying at the Dyer-Schererville branch, watch a film fest at Munster, stir up Harry Potter potions at Hobart, and make ice cream at St. John.

Adults, too, may read for a chance to win prizes. Check out and read Lake County Public Library books, magazines, audio books or e-books and fill out an entry form for each item read between June 9 and Aug. 2. Prize winners will be drawn weekly during our “Literary Elements” event. Multiple grand prize winners will also be selected during the first week of August.

The more you read, the better your chances of winning. Visit us at any of our 10 branches to sign up.

For dates, times, locations—and even more events—check out the online Events Calendar at

Contributing to this month's Lake County Public Library column were Roddretta Waxton, head of Children's Services; Linda Johnsen, Cedar Lake branch manager; and Deborah Walker, St. John branch manager. Opinions expressed are solely those of the authors.

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