The Westfield Washington Public Library’s Summer Reading Program isn’t just kids’ stuff.
“We want to emphasize the summer reading program is for everyone from birth to adult,” said Allison Knuttel, the library’s public relations and marketing manager. “It’s meant to be for fun, but it also has advantages for children in terms of increasing their reading level confidence and they are less likely to experience reading level losses over the summer. It’s to encourage adults to read as well. All of us have such busy lives. We don’t read as often as we would like to. This way, you set a goal for yourself and it’s a fun way to push yourself.”
The free program, called “A Universe of Stories,” starts June 1 and ends July 31. There will be a special prize drawing celebration at 1 p.m. Aug. 1.
There will be a lot of special programs centered on the theme of space.
Knuttel said participants can receive prizes for signing up, reading books, listening to audiobooks, reading aloud to others, being read to and attending library programs.
“It’s a fun way to get kids excited about reading,” she said.
Anyone who completes the program is eligible for the grand prize drawing. The prize is a Gskyer 70mm Astronomical Refractor Telescope, a stargazing guide book and a $100 Amazon gift card. The grand prize is sponsored by the Friends of the Westfield Library.
“Who doesn’t love earning prizes for doing something fun?” Knuttel said. “We have a lot of community sponsors to thank because we couldn’t do it without their help. Their names will be listed on the website and at the library.”
Participants can sign up in person or online at wwpl.lib.in.us starting June 1.