TERRE HAUTE —
Sisters Krista and Hailey Kane were busy selecting new books to check out at the Vigo County Public Library one very hot day last week.
They are participating in the Summer Reading Club. Krista, age 10, said her goal is to read 30 books this summer, while Hailey, 8, has a goal of 40 books.
The Sugar Creek Consolidated students say they enjoy mysteries and myths.
Their grandmother, Patty Kane, said she takes them to the library about once a week. “They have a love of books and I want to encourage that,” she said. The library “has a lot to offer.”
While summer vacation is nearing the halfway point, it’s not too late to sign up for the Summer Reading Club, said Carolyn Clark, assistant librarian in the Young People’s Department.
The last day to sign up is July 27 at the West Branch and July 28 at the main branch. It is open to youth of all ages up through Grade 12.
Parents or the kids themselves can set their own reading goals and choose whatever books they want to read, Clark said. When they’ve met their goal, they can collect a prize at the library.
About 1,000 young people have signed up, predominantly children through fifth grade.
“We want to help the kids not lose ground with their reading at school,” Clark said.
The library also offers summer programming, and on July 21, it will offer an event called “summer gaming for families and teens” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
At the summer gaming event, those who attend will be able to use Wii, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Board games also will be available.
With very rare exceptions, what’s offered at the library is free, Clark said. Summer can be a difficult time for parents who want to keep their kids entertained, “but so many things cost a lot of money,” she said.
The Vigo County Public Library “is a place where you can come and spend time and not money,” she said.
On Mondays at 2 p.m., there is programming for school-age children at the main library. Today’s program is called “Happy Birthday America,” and children in kindergarten through fifth grade can make a craft and sign a big birthday card.
On July 9, the program is called “Nature’s Night Life” and will feature nocturnal animals. The program will be offered at 11 a.m. at the West Vigo Community Center and at 2 p.m. at the main library.
On July 16, children in grades three through five can “Dream to be an Artist” and learn from library staff member Sally Weatherston, a self-taught painter. Registration is required because of limited space.
Magician Daniel Lusk will entertain children on July 23.
Teens in sixth grade through senior year have separate programming, including a ghost story workshop at 2 p.m. Thursday. Teens have their own advisory board.
The library also offers “Summer Storytimes” for children ages 3 to 8. It is offered at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays in July (but not July 4). At the West Branch, Summer Storytimes is offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursdays.
On Wednesday, the Young People’s Department had many children, often with parents or grandparents.
Philip Cardin brought his three daughters, Eris, 4, Mariel, 2 and Hollis, 1. Eris and Mariel participate in the Summer Reading program.
Cardin takes the girls to the library about once a week, where they enjoy Summer Storytimes.
Also, “It’s a place for them to be around other kids,” he said. The children don’t go to day care, so social outlets include the library, church and Terre Haute Children’s Museum.
He also noted that the family does not have a television at home. “I think their imaginations will be stronger without it,” he said. His father-in-law, a psychologist, “says everything he has read about child development shows television just isn’t good for young children. They don’t need it.”
The family gets its news from the Internet, he said.
On Wednesday, the children paid close attention as their grandmother, Debbie Moynihan, read them the book, “Caps for Sale.”
His daughters enjoy the library, Cardin said. “They’re excited when they come,” he said.
For more information about the Vigo County Public Library and programming, go to www.vigo.lib.in.us.
Sue Loughlin can be reached at (812) 231-4235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.