EAST CHICAGO | Registration is under way for the East Chicago Public Library's Summer Reading Club, a six-week program designed to stretch the imaginations and improve the reading skills of youngsters in preschool through high school.
The free program, which runs June 13 through July 29, features a variety of activities, including crafts, movies, games and storytelling. Participants also have the opportunity to earn exciting prizes, based on the number of books they read.
Youngsters can participate in the Summer Reading Club at any one of nine locations: the Main Library, 2401 E. Columbus Drive; the Pastrick Branch Library, 1008 W. Chicago Ave.; King Center, 4902 Melville Ave.; Bessie Owens Center, 4001 Alexander Ave.; Pennsylvania Center, 3550 Pennsylvania Ave.; Marktown Community Center, 3509 Spruce St.; 151st Street Center, 4925 Gladiola Ave.; Roberto Clemente Center, 3616 Elm St.; and Heritage Hall, 4506 Tod Ave.
"Reading is a skill, and like any other skill, it takes practice to retain and master. Reading activities cannot be confined to the school year if a child is to succeed academically," said library Interim Director Mr. Charles Moore. "We have designed a program that will make reading over the summer both fun and rewarding."
"One World, Many Stories" is the theme of the 2011 Summer Reading Club, with participants urged to "Explore interesting places and different cultures in our world at the East Chicago Public Library. Registration for the five-day-a-week program will be accepted through June 17 at all locations with the exception of Marktown, Bessie Owens and 151st Center, registration will end on June 16.
Participants who complete their reading goal, which varies among age groups, will receive a certificate of achievement and a prize book during closing ceremonies. In addition, the top three readers in each age group at each location will be recognized.
Our opening program will be held on Friday, June 10 from 12 to 3 p.m. at the Main Library in the rear parking lot. This event is free and open to all ages from pre-school to high school. Come out and enjoy a fun-filled day of food, fun and entertainment.
The Summer Reading Program is in partnership with the Foundations of East Chicago.
For additional information, please contact Kimberly Julkes, Associate Director of Programming at 219.397.5505 Ext. 11.