Library's 'Summer Camp' gets kids reading

  • A statue situated outside Vernon Area Public Library in Lincolnshire is a visual reminder of the pleasure of reading.

    A statue situated outside Vernon Area Public Library in Lincolnshire is a visual reminder of the pleasure of reading. Courtesy of the Vernon Area Public Library

 
 
Updated 5/26/2021 10:56 AM

Starting June 1, Lincolnshire-based Vernon Area Public Library will host a nine-week reading and activities series called "Summer Camp."

Public libraries across the nation have hosted summer reading programs since the late 1800s. They began as a way to keep city children busy when school was out. They continue today because they're a great way for people of all ages to grow and learn during the summer months, when schedules are usually a little more relaxed.

 

Vernon Area's Summer Camp is a flexible, all-ages program that invites participants to join when they'd like, where they are.

"We wanted to make it more of a banquet than an obligation. Very low pressure," library spokesperson Catherine Savage said.

The Summer Camp program is open to babies, children, teens and adults. Each week's suggested reading and activities are differentiated by age group. Participants can join in one week, a few or all from June 1 through Aug. 8.

Anyone can participate by reading or doing activities. As participants complete weekly themed camp sessions, like travel or gardening, they are entered into raffles. All raffle prizes are gift cards or certificates for restaurants and businesses in the area, helping boost the local economy.

A new component this year, "Do Some Good," encourages "campers" to make modest donations to local charities, to help neighbors in need and strengthen our community.

For more information, visit camp.vapld.info.

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