Summer reading program welcomes all ages to the library

2013-06-10T00:00:00Z Summer reading program welcomes all ages to the libraryBy Times Staff
June 10, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The Lake County Public Library is once again hosting a Summer Reading Program for toddlers, children, teens, and adults, with specific programs and awards for participation now through July 27.

Children will catch gold fever while panning for gold, walk like an Egyptian, dig for dinosaur bones and learn about animals that burrow, as they “Dig Into Reading.”

Participating in the Summer Reading Program can help preschoolers develop early literacy skills and school students sharpen their reading skills while earning prizes. Children will earn a prize for every 10 books read.

Toddlers and pre-readers, 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 earning prizes.

There will be weekly themed programs for story time, school-aged children and families. Each branch of the Lake County Public Library will have its programs listed in a printed calendar format for convenience. Ronald McDonald, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Silly Safari, the Enviromobile and Kip Walton from the Lakeshore National Park will visit some of the branch libraries this summer.

Programs tend to fill up quickly, so registration is greatly encouraged and a Lake County Public Library card is required. Register for programs at

What’s "Beneath the Surface" this summer? It's the Summer Reading Fun For Teens program. Everyone can win prizes for reading. Teens may lament no more guaranteed prizes for reading, but will find that the prizes are upgraded for their age group.

Youths 11 and older can submit one entry for every 100 pages, magazine, book, or audio book they read. Tackle school required reading early and earn chances to win prizes. Weekly prizes include gift cards and books, with a grand prize of a back pack full of prizes and a gift card.

Several locations will have weekly events for teens, along with ongoing games and crafts. Some of the programs that are "surfacing" include rock art, fossils, subway art, blogs, cartouche pendants, time capsules, T-shirt art, murals, hobbits, gaming, mystery dinner theater, book programs and discussions, beginning genealogy, card making, weird science, movies, radio play, and creating an underground railroad podcast. Check out a local branch for details or visit and click on ‘Events.'

Adults are also invited to read for a chance to win prizes. Those who check out and read Lake County Public Library books, magazines, audio books, or eBooks may fill out an entry form for each item returned through July 27. All 10 of the library’s locations will draw names for weekly prizes.

Winners will also be drawn at the end of the eight-week summer reading program for the grand prizes of a Sony eReader and a classic reading lamp donated by Dekker Lighting of Schererville.

Visit any of the 10 branches located in Cedar Lake, Gary's Black Oak neighborhood, Griffith, Highland, Hobart, Lake Station, Merrillville, Munster, Schererville, and St. John to learn more.

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