HAMMOND | The Hammond Public Library’s Summer Reading Program has undergone some changes this year. It’s been extended through the end of August, and now offers six different program levels for infants through adults.
The youth program, “Dig Into Reading,” offers four levels:
- Early Literacy (newborns — 2 years): Parents receive a monthly log of activities to build their child’s early literacy skills. Complete at least 20 activities during the summer for the child to win a prize; complete at least 20 activities each month for the child to earn a grand prize.
- Read to Me (ages 3-5): For every 10 books read to children in this program, they earn a prize. Children who have 50 books read to them receive the grand prize.
- Primary (kindergarten through grade 3): The child receives a reading log for 30 books. Every 100 pages read earns the child one point. For every five points earned, the child receives a prize. Once the child earns 30 points, he or she receives a grand prize. At least two books must be fiction, two must be nonfiction, and one must be a biography.
- Intermediate (grades 4 through 6): This program runs identical to the primary program, but with different prizes. The grand prize is a food coupon and an entry into a drawing for an iPod shuffle.
The teen program, “Beneath the Surface,” is for grades 7-12 who hold a valid HPL card. Teens are encouraged to sign up early; the first 15 teens to sign up receive a free book.
Teens may read any book at their reading level. When they finish a book, they will be asked to write a few sentences about it. When they finish a reading log, they receive a small prize, and are entered into a drawing for this year’s grand prize, a $100 Best Buy gift card.
Teens may complete a maximum of 12 logs, and they receive an extra drawing entry for each of nine teen library programs they attend during June through August.
The adult program, “Groundbreaking Reads,” is for ages 18 and above with a valid Hammond Public Library card. Adults may read seven books of their choice to complete a reading log. When they turn in a completed log at the Circulation Desk, they receive an entry into a drawing for a gift basket. Adults may submit a maximum of 12 logs.
Summer reading Program rules are available at www.hammond.lib.in.us, as are dates and times of more than 100 programs taking place through August at the library, 564 State St. Call (219) 931-5100 with questions; ext. 36 for youth programs, ext. 351 for teen programs, and ext. 310 for adult programs.
Story hour programs
The Hammond Public Library offers four Summer Story Hour levels for youth in June.
- Babies and Books, for newborns through 18 months, meets at 10 a.m. Thursdays, June 13, 20 and 27, to hear stories and learn new songs and rhymes to help a baby’s mind grow.
- Tiny Tots, 18 months through 2 years, meets at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, June 13, 20 and 27, to sing songs, learn rhymes, and play.
- 2’s and 3’s, for ages 2 through 3, meets at 11 a.m. Thursdays; June 13 – hear a story, do rhymes, and make a simple craft about a cute little mouse; June 20 – hear a story, sing songs, and make a simple craft about vegetables; and June 27 – hop into the library to hear a story, sing songs, and make a simple craft about bunnies.
- Little Listeners, ages 3 through 5, meets at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesdays; June 11 – stories and songs about gardening, and plant some seeds to take home; June 18 – find out who lives underground with stories and songs about burrowing animals. Make a worm home out of craft supplies; June 25 – stories and song about the beach, and make an aquarium out of a paper plate.
Stories and crafts
Kids Can 2! for ages 6 through 8 may attend at 1 p.m. Tuesdays; June 11 – Dirt to Grow On: Dig into different types of gardens, play a game, and make a carrot hanger; June 18 – Wiggly Worms: Learn about nature’s little dirt mover, the worm; play a wiggly worm game, and create a worm; June 25 – Do You Gnome? Learn all about these lawn creatures through games and activities, and design a gnome.
Just for 'Tweens, ages 9 through 13, meets at 2 p.m. Mondays; June 10 – Get the Dirt on Dirt: Discover how dirt is made and its importance to humans. Play a game, and plant a sesame garden to take home; June 17 – It’s Time to Spud It: Experiment with potatoes, and try to pass the chip test; June 24 – Ahoy, Mates! Enjoy being a pirate and scavenge around the library for hidden treasure. Learn pirate-y habits and make a parrot craft to take home.
Tween Lego Club, for ages 9 to 13, invites 'tweens to meet and build the biggest and best dinosaur. All dinosaurs will be displayed for a contest at the end of summer. Tween Lego Club meets at 2 p.m. Wednesdays, June 12, 19 and 26.
Tween Science Club, ages 9 to 13, meets at 2 p.m. Thursdays; June 13 – plant seeds to watch them grow during the summer and make a garden journal; June 20 – Find out how to start a rock collection. Bring a rock; June 27 – Ever wonder who lives underground? Learn about burrowing animals and play “Predator or Prey.”
Reader’s Theater, for ages 6 through 13, meets at 3 p.m. Thursdays to prepare for an August performance; June 13 – This summer, the Reader’s Theater Group will perform “How I Became a Pirate” by Melinda Long. Parents are asked to attend the beginning of this first session so they will learn what is required of participants in Reader’s Theater; June 20 - group members will start reading lines. There are plenty of opportunities for those who don’t want a speaking part; June 27, members will start to make a commercial to advertise their performance.
A Summer Movie for ages 6 through 13 will be shown at 1 p.m. Fridays, June 14, 21 and 28. Call or check the library website for the title.