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 10 through July 30, 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, 4802 Melville Ave.; Bessie Owens Center, 4001 Alexander Ave.; Pennsylvania Center, 3550 Pennsylvania Ave.; 151st Street Center, 4925 Gladiola Ave.; Roberto Clemente Center, 3616 Elm St.; Heritage Hall, 4506 Tod Ave. and Marktown, 3509 Spruce.
“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.”
“Dig Into Reading” is the theme of the 2013 Summer Reading Club, with participants urged to “choose library materials that expand their curiosity and their creativity” at the East Chicago Public Library. Registration for the five-day-a-week program will begin on Monday June 10th at all locations.
Participants who complete their reading goal, which varies among age groups, will receive a certificate of achievement and a prize (a 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 Monday, June 17 at 12:00 p.m. at the Main Library located at 2401 E. Columbus Drive. This event is free and open to all ages from pre-school to high school. Come out and enjoy a day of fun and entertainment.
The Summer Reading Program is in partnership with the Foundations of East Chicago.
For more information, please stop in or call the Youth Services department at the Main Library, 397-2453, or at the Pastrick Branch Library, 397-5505.