Submitted by the Plainfield Public Library:
More than 3,000 Plainfield residents signed up for the Plainfield Public Library’s summer reading program, “Paws to Read,” during Registration Week from June 2-5.
Out of that number, 1,440 were children; 976 were adults; 574 were teens; and 148 were younger than age 3.
Last year, the library registered more than 4,000 total participants.
Even though Registration Week is over, Plainfield Public Library cardholders can still sign up for the program until Saturday, July 19.
“The summer reading program is a great way to keep kids reading all summer long,” said Library Director Julie Milavec. “Statistics prove that reading over the summer makes for better students.”
Over the course of this animal-themed reading program, children can earn prizes from the summer reading shop if they meet the reading goals for their age group. Students in grades 6-12 must read 1,000 pages by the end of the summer, and children ages 3 to 5 must read at least 20 minutes a day.
Readers younger than age 3 participate by completing reading activities with their parents.
Adults participating in the program are automatically entered to win weekly prizes, including free books and $10 gift cards. Adults choose a reading goal appropriate for them and upon completion receive a Library umbrella and entry into grand prize drawings for more than 50 gift cards.
The summer reading program concludes with a Grand Finale on Saturday, Aug. 2 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Village Green Park. Festivities include music, crafts, games, inflatables, and food.
In addition to the Finale, the Library will host a number of summer reading activities for all ages. To see a complete list of these programs, or to find out more about the summer reading program, visit www.plainfieldpubliclibrary.orgor call 815.436.6639.