HAMMOND | When it comes to summer reading programs, the Hammond Public Library, 564 State St., believes that one size does not fit all. The library offers six different program levels — newborns through adults -- running through Aug. 30.
The youth program theme is “Fizz, Boom, Read.” Four program levels serve infants through students in grade 6, with special library programming taking place each weekday through mid-August.
Babies and young children hear stories and songs, and participate in finger plays to prepare them as they learn to talk, and later, to read.
Early Literacy (ages 0-2) consists of monthly activity sheets, each with 30 early literacy skill-building activities. Read to Me is a program level for ages 3 to 5, where parents, grandparents or older siblings read to a child. The goal is to have 50 books read.
Special library programming for these levels is Babies and Books (ages 0-18 months); Tiny Tots (18 months-2 years); Twos and Threes (ages 2 and 3); and Little Listeners (ages 3 through 5).
The Primary level is for kindergarten through grade 3, and the Intermediate level is for grades 4 to 6. These programs operate on a point system, where every 100 pages read earns a child one point. For every five points earned, the child receives a prize. Once a child earns 30 points, the child gets a grand prize.
Special library programming for these levels includes Beginner Science Club; Kids Can 2; Tween Lego Club; Tween Science Club; Summer Movies; and Reader’s Theater. In Reader’s Theater, children learn all facets of putting on a production. This culminates with a presentation of Richard Atwater’s “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” at 2 p.m. Aug. 16, free and open to the public.
Youth who participate are invited to a Mad Scientist Party on Aug. 30 to celebrate the end of the program. Information on all levels of the Youth Summer Reading Program is with Youth Services at (219) 931-5100, ext. 336.
Teens in grades 7 to 12 will “Spark a Reaction.” They must have a valid HPL card and check out all items from HPL. Teens who complete reading logs receive a small prize, and are entered into a drawing for a $125 Best Buy gift card. Attend library programs to receive an extra entry.
Teen library programming includes Teen Book Club, Teen Movies, and crafts. Call (219) 931-5100, ext. 351.
Adults may participate in “Literary Elements,” if they have valid HPL cards and check out all items from HPL. Adults complete reading logs to be entered into drawings. Five mini-drawings take place throughout the summer, with a grand prize winner. Sign up at the Circulation Desk.
Special Summer Reading promotions through Aug. 30:
• Current cardholders have no limit on the number of items that may be checked out. New cardholders may check out five items.
• Hammond residents who check out five books may receive a free DVD checkout that day. Audiobooks and e-books are not included.
• Library greeters will randomly distribute Patron Appreciation Cards, which are good for a free DVD checkout.