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West Chicago Public Library District Prepares for Summer Reading

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Shelley Campbell, Public Relations Specialist

This summer the library will be featuring a series of programs and events for all ages that invite patrons to "Have Book-Will Travel!"

Reading gives us a place to go even when we have to stay where we are! This summer, as a partner in the Illinois Library Association's iRead program, the Library will be featuring a series of programs and events for all ages that invite patrons to book a trip, travel around the world, and be transported through time to magical places with their summer reading program theme, "Have Books -- Will Travel!"

As always, one of the main components of the program will be independent reading. Adults may register and log their reading on line and select the grand prize basket they would like to win with their entries. Teens may also register their reading on line, and those completing their reading goal will each receive a free book and a chance to win the teen grand prize of a Wii U game system. And children of all ages who register in person will receive prizes for three separate tiers of reading, as well as a free book of their choice for completing their reading goals. All program finishers will be invited to a free "Movie Under the Stars" on the Library lawn starting at dusk on Saturday, July 27.

Research shows that summer reading is one of the keys to preventing summer slide and improving school performance. So, in cooperation with West Chicago School District 33, the Library will be visiting all six elementary schools before summer break begins to promote the program directly to the kids. In addition, two special programs will be offered in August -- "Welcome to Kindergarten" on August 22 to ease new students into their first day of school, and "Camp Fun-to-Read" from August 12-15 specifically designed to help new readers brush up their skills in preparation for the start of another school year.

"The public library is a valuable community resource that is often overlooked. We invite our patrons to join the fun this summer as we offer them some wonderful 'travel adventures' right here in West Chicago," says Administrative Librarian Melody E. Coleman. So pack your bags and join us at the Library for "Have Book -- Will Travel!" General registration begins May 28.