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Summer Reading 2024: Adventure Begins at Your Library

Starts in:

June 1 - July 31

As always, summer reading is open to all ages. You can sign up any time between now and July 31 - but you can't start logging your minutes until June 1!

Sign up online or at your branch! You'll earn a raffle ticket for each hour you read - plus some smaller prizes along the way.

Read to Earn Prizes

Kids dressed as pirates exploring the pages of a bookEarn a raffle ticket for each hour you read! You can log your reading and submit tickets online, or visit your favorite branch for an old-fashioned paper tracker.

Each ticket can be submitted for a chance to win one of our fabulous Grand Prizes!

But that's not all - everyone can also earn the following prizes:

Kids and Teens Prizes:

1st hour of reading: A Railcats ticket + a discounted ticket to Deep River Waterpark* 

2nd hour of reading: Beach ball

3rd hour of reading: Free book

4th hour of reading: Bear or bumblebee backpack (while supplies last)

*discounted waterpark tickets are for ages 6-18 only

Adult Prize:

At 4 hours of reading: 3 free books

la aventura comenza en tu biblioteca. Person in a tent shaped like a book reading

FAQs:

Q: What if I read to someone else?

A: Both of you get credit for that reading time!

Q: Do audiobooks count?

A: Yes! Time spent listening to a book is time spent reading.

Q: I can't read for a whole hour at a time. Can I log smaller units?

A: Yes! You can log as little as 1 minute at a time (and no more than 900 minutes in a day).

Q: When do I find out if I won a Grand Prize?

A: Grand Prize winners will be contacted August 5.

Special Events
Tue, May 21, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Join other readers for a livestream conversation with Rebecca F. Kuang about Yellowface and Asian American representation in literature. Attendees will watch the event on a large screen.

Tue, May 21, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Online
Join a livestream chat with Rebecca F. Kuang as she chats with us about her New York Times bestselling novel, Yellowface.

Sat, Jun 01, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Join us for games, crafts, and a bubble dance party to help kick off Summer Reading!

Sat, Jun 01, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Munster Branch - Children's Department
Start your summer adventure and sign-up for our Summer Reading Program! Join in on a library scavenger hunt, make crafts and enter a drawing for a cool prize. No registration needed.

Sat, Jun 01, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Learn what it's like to be a musher - meet three-time participant in the 1000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Karen Land, and her Alaskan husky, Noggin! Space is limited, registration is a must.

Sat, Jun 01, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Merrillville Branch Library - Main Level
To kick off the summer, we're hosting our 3rd annual Creative Arts Summit, showcasing local creators-- from painters to writers to craft-makers & more. Come see what our community has to offer!!

Sat, Jun 01, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Families are invited to join us at the Lake Station-New Chicago Library for games, activities, crafts and treats to kick off Summer Reading 2024!

Mon, Jun 03, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Merillville Branch - Children's Department
Patrons of all ages are invited to register for Summer Reading and take cheesy tourist photos with our green screen. Reading Program registration is open all summer long.

Wed, Jun 05, 10:30am - 11:30am
Hobart Community Center - 111 E Old Ridge Road, Hobart, Indiana 46342
All ages are invited to join us for a wild animal show! Mark will bring an assortment of animals to teach us about his amazing critters! Event will be held at Hobart Community Center!

Wed, Jun 05, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
All ages are invited to join us for a wild animal show! Mark will bring an assortment of animals into the library and teach us about his amazing critters!

Wed, Jun 05, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Join us as we kick off our Summer Reading Program with the Science Heroes Interactive S.T.E.M. Show! Please register each child and adult that will be attending!

Wed, Jun 05, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
All ages are invited to join us for a wild animal show! Mark will bring animals into the library and teach us about his amazing critters! Young children should be accompanied by an adult

Wed, Jun 05, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Teens (11-17 years old) will learn about the important design and construction of a landfill by making their own edible version. Must register.

Thu, Jun 06, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
A hands-on look at the water cycle with the Lake County SWCD. Children will roll the dice to travel the world as a water molecule and make a bracelet to commemorate their journey.
This event is full

Rescheduled
Thu, Jun 06, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
New date Thursday, June 06, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville
Welcome to an evening of entertainment provided by the NWI Choral group, The Noteables. This special event is sponsored by the LCPL Foundation. Please register.

Thu, Jun 06, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Welcome to an evening of entertainment provided by the NWI Choral group, The Noteables. This special event is sponsored by the LCPL Foundation. Please register.

Mon, Jun 10, 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Teens (11-17 years old) test your skills at our Mario Kart Tournament. Players will compete with the library Nintendo Switch. Fun, snacks, prizes! Must register.

Wed, Jun 12, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Animal handler Mark will be bringing in a few critters from his animal collection. From feathered and furry friends to creepy crawlies, this program has something fun for the whole family!
This event is full

Wed, Jun 12, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville Branch - South Parking Lot
Drop by our parking lot any time during this two-hour window to see a variety of hardworking vehicles up close! Will there be fire trucks? Police cars? Something else? Come and see!

Wed, Jun 12, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
St. John Branch - Adult Area
Mark's Ark is bringing live animals to St. John Library! Join us for a 60 minute animal show. Registration Required.

Wed, Jun 12, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Cedar Lake Branch - Main Area
Animal handler Mark will be bringing in a few critters from his animal collection. From feathered and furry friends to creepy crawlies, this program has something fun for the whole family!

Wed, Jun 12, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Teens lets sit around the campfire and tell scary stories. And what's a campfire without s'mores? We'll do this all indoors, so don't worry about the weather. Please register.

Thu, Jun 13, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Children in grades K-6 and their families are welcome to join an Indiana Dunes Park Ranger as they teach us about the animals and habitats of Indiana Dunes. Registration Required.

Thu, Jun 13, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Join other readers for a livestream conversation with Freida McFadden about The Housemaid Is Watching and writing psychological thrillers. Attendees will watch the event on a large screen.

Thu, Jun 13, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Online
Join a livestream chat with Freida McFadden about her new novel The Housemaid Is Watching.

Grand Prize Raffle

Thank you to the Friends of LCPL for providing this year's awesome prizes! For each hour you read, you earn one raffle ticket to put toward one of these prizes. You can also earn smaller prizes for your first 4 hours of reading!

Prize List

#1: Soft Zone Building Foam Blocks

#2: Rocking Floor Hammock

#3: 3-in-1 EZ Fold Wagon with Canopy

#4: Nintendo Switch Lite

#5: SIMATE Electric Scooter for Kids

#6: $200 Urban Air Gift Cards

#7: Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones

#8: $200 GameStop Gift Card

#9: Amazon Fire Maz 11 Tablet

#10: $200 Visa Gift Card

#11: Core Equipment Six Person Tent

#12: National Parks Annual Pass

Summer Reading Grand Prizes
  • soft zone foam building blocks
  • National Parks Annual Pass
  • rocking floor hammock
  • core equipment 6 person tent
  • $200 Urban Air Gift Card
  • $200 Visa Gift Card
  • 3 in 1 e z fold wagon with canopy
  • Amazon Fire Max 11 Tablet
  • simate kids electric scooter
  • beats solo 3 wireless headphones
  • nintendo switch lite
  • $200 Game Stop Gift Card
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