Summer Reading 2022
Summertime at the library is full of fun programs, awesome crafts, and of course reading! We have something for everyone including babies, kids, teens, and grown-ups.
Our Summer Reading Kick-Off Party will take place on June 13th starting at 10:30 AM at the Mack Park Pavilion. Details on all our fun Oceans of Possibilities programs, games, and a light lunch will be served at the pavilion. Registration is REQUIRED for this event as a free swim in the Mack Park Pool beginning at 12:30 PM.
* You WILL have to be registered to attend the Mack Park Kick-Off Party and Free Swim on June 13th and the Yellow Creek Wrap-Up Party on July 28th. Registration for these two events is separate so that we have a good number of those attending as we will serve lunch and refreshments at these two events.
** Registration for the Kick-Off Party will end at 5 PM on Saturday, June 11th. You must be registered by that time or cannot attend the free swim. You can register here on this website or at the library before 5 PM on June 11th. Parents or guardians must also bring some form of photo ID with them so that all may enter the pool as the pool staff is required to check for an ID. For those who don't have internet and need to register in the library, you can do so at the main circulation desk or in the children's department. Hope to see you this summer!!
Our Blue Library
Our Blue Library is a self-directed in-house summer program for kids of all ages. We offer two different days and times you can stop by the children's department--Wednesday evenings from 5-7 PM and Saturday afternoons from 1-3 PM. No registration is required and the program is free and open to the public. The theme of summer reading this year is: Oceans of Possibilities, which leaves us open to, well...lots of possibilities! Ocean themed books fill our reading space and you and your kids can read one or many! We'll also offer you a chance to work on an easy make and take craft each week while you're here. Instructions and all materials will be provided. Why not stop in and have some fun!
Terrific Tuesdays at the Community GardensOur Terrific Tuesday program is for those kids aged birth to 5 years old and will take place at the Indiana Community Gardens at Mack Park each Tuesday starting at 11 AM and running till about 1 PM. There is a small pavilion, many small flower and vegetable gardens, and outdoor play stations for our use at the park. Besides storytime, the program will include an easy craft time with all materials provided and the freedom to explore the community gardens for as long as you want. Please use the button to register.
Wild Wednesdays is a family event with presentations and activities geared mainly toward those kids aged 6-12. We’ll meet at the Waterworks Conservation Area once again every Wednesday at 11 and there is a nice pavilion, clean restrooms, and a large area to play outdoors, go on a bird walk or explore Two Lick Creek and the nifty things at the Conservation Area. This program will include arts and crafts instruction with all materials provided and each week, a visit from a special guest.
Join our Summer at Camp Half-Blood, Code Brave, Wild Wednesdays, or all of the above. Click the sea monster to learn how you can join the fun!
So very sorry, but the Crick Critter Hunt II with the folks from Evergreen Conservancy on July 9th has been cancelled because of the lack of interest. We will however, have a beach presentation at the Wrap-up Party at Yellow Creek State Park on July 28th starting at 11 AM.
Sign-up, read, and log minutes to earn an awesome prize pack! This is for all ages!!!
Read between June 1 and July 31 to earn an AWESOME library prize pack.
* Pre Readers (ages birth to 5) – Read 200 minutes
* Kids (ages 6-11) - Read 500 minutes
* Teens– Read 1000 minutes
* Adults- For every book you add, you earn a chance in our end-of-summer raffle!
The Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Wrap-Up Party will be on Thursday, July 28th starting at 11 AM. Our location for this fun way to end our summer program will be the Beach Pavilion at Yellow Creek State Park. A light lunch, fun activities, lots of games, and close access to the beautiful Yellow Creek beach will be provided. Registration is required for this event also.
Wrap-Up Party Schedule:
*11 AM Greetings! And reminders.
-Remember to fill out a survey about our summer reading programs
-Please bring in your favorite craft from the summer to show us! We'll talk about why it was your favorite after lunch!
-We have a pool filled with water beads and ocean critters. Come catch some and tell us a fact about that critter that you learned this summer!
-The Great Reading Adventures prizes can be picked up at the library next week. If you are one of our winners, you will get an email telling you when you can come in and pick up your prize.
-Pick up a schedule of our regular in-house library programs that will start once again on August 3rd.
*11:15-Noon-- Lisa Meadows, Environmental Educator at Yellow Creek State Park with a presentation on Beach and Stream Critters.
*We EAT at--Noon- 12:45 PM
*One last craft for the summer-Ocean Critter Salt Painting. 1 PM.
*So sorry, but we're done for the summer! Goodbyes! Head for the Beach!!!
* Please Note!
Registration for Oceans of Possibilities is REQUIRED and will begin on May 23rd at 8 AM. You can find each program's information and registration on the Event Calendar on this website under News & Events. If you don’t have access to the internet, please stop in the Children’s Department on any day that we are open and we will register you and your children.
**Since two of our three kid's programs are outdoors, please provide good contact information when registering in case of inclement weather conditions on the day of the program you are registered for. Wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty, put on comfortable shoes that you can wear for hiking and exploring, and bring sunscreen, bug spray, extra water, sunglasses, and any other necessities that you may need to enjoy the great outdoors with us. We'll let you know ahead of time if you need to bring or wear something special.