The 2018 Summer Reading program will offer exciting prizes that live up to the “Reading Rocks” theme.
Two grand prize winners will win tickets for them and a guest to attend Taylor Swift’s Indianapolis show on Sept. 15 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Hotel accommodations provided by Edgerton Travel are included as well. A third grand prize winner will win a Nintendo Switch. In addition to the grand prizes kids and teens will have a chance to win other prizes – including Elkhart County 4-H Fair wristbands and ukuleles.
Summer Reading begins May 21 at all locations and ElkhartRocks.com.
There will be plenty of fun activities at all EPL branches around the summer reading program including karaoke, live music, crafts and more.
According to Children’s Librarian Chuck Pieri, summer reading is important for young readers to avoid the ‘summer slide,’ that loss of knowledge that occurs over the long summer break from school.
“Reading every day is an important part of education and brain development and kids sometimes read less in the summer, so this will give them an incentive,” Pieri said.
Summer reading will kick off with Eric Litwin’s appearance at Elkhart Community Schools May 15-17 and culminate with a celebration and awarding of the Taylor Swift prize packs on Thursday, July 19 at the Pierre Moran branch.
Kids and teens can participate in summer reading by reading as many books as they can. To enter the grand prize drawings they can submit a written or video book review as often as every week.
To encourage reading every day, kids will also have the chance to track their reading progress with reading chains. Earn a bead for every day you read!
According to Children’s Librarian Allison McLean, summer reading is a win-win because it allows to kids to read what they want while still keeping up on their literacy skills.
“When kids have a choice of what they want to read, they read more and are more excited about it. Summer is a great time to read whatever you want just for the fun and joy of reading,” she said.
Keeping children engaged in reading is an important part of developing a lifelong love of reading to continue development and education.
The grand prizes and fun activities are sure to make this summer one to remember.
“It’s going to be a rockin’ summer,” said Pieri.