Summer Reading Program Kicks off this week

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The IMCPL bookmobile makes regular visits to the Day Nursery Ruth A. Lilly Center.

The IMCPL bookmobile makes regular visits to the Day Nursery Ruth A. Lilly Center.

Children of all ages and parents are invited to experience the joy of reading during the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library’s 2009 Summer Reading Program, “Undercover Readers,” which began on Monday and continues through Saturday, August 1 at all IMCPL locations, as well as the Beech Grove Public Library.

Now in its 90th year (this is been going on almost as long as Day Nursery has been serving the community!), the Summer Reading Program is a fun and rewarding way for children to maintain the reading habit and improve reading skills during the summer. This year’s sleuthing theme encourages young “secret agent” readers to “crack the case” and pursue all leads to great prizes “by the book.”

The Summer Reading Program is not just for school-age children. Parents with younger children are invited to join the program and earn credit by reading aloud to them. Studies have proven that children who have been read to from an early age perform better in school and are more likely to become lifelong readers.

Participants can register at any IMCPL location to receive a Point Card to keep track of their reading progress. Points can then be redeemed for a variety of prizes, including the latest clue-gathering gadgets.

Another component of the Summer Reading Program provides opportunities for middle school and high school students to become Reading Giants. By volunteering to spend time reading aloud to younger children at the library through the summer, these teens can earn Summer Reading Program points, a cool baseball cap, and a $25 gift card.

In 2008, over 57,000 children and families participated in the Summer Reading Program, making it one of the most successful reading programs in the nation. For more information on the Summer Reading Program, click here.

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