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215 W. Main St. | Van Wert, OH 45891
Phone: 419-238-2168 | Fax: 419-238-3180
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Summer Reading 2017


Build a Better World 


               Registration for the 2017 Annual Summer Reading Program is officially underway. Choose books that you wish to check out and read. Our library has thousands of good titles! We have picture books and juvenile fiction books, but we also offer folklore, poetry, and biographies as well as non-fiction titles on a myriad of topics. When you return to the Library, simply list the titles on your child’s recording sheet.  


                 Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and care-givers are encouraged to sit and read with their young children. Older brothers and sisters are encouraged to read to their siblings. If both are Summer Reading participants, they may both record these titles on their sheets. Parents are encouraged to read with their school-age children too. You could read to your children, or, you and your children could take turns reading. If you are reading a chapter book, please note the total number of pages read. (Every forty pages of a chapter book will count as one book.) Also, if you need to return the materials in the book drop, note the titles and number of pages read, then bring the list to the library and transfer the information to your child’s sheet. 


         Each week there will be an activity at Main Library for the Read-To-Me Group plus a puzzle or challenge for Listening and Reading Club members at all of our sites. (Completed entries will be due by 5:00 p.m. the following Monday.) Thanks to the generosity of many Van Wert County businesses and other donors, there will be drawings for a variety of prizes. A participant must record at least one book title on his/her sheet and complete an entry blank each week to be eligible for these drawings. (Although additional titles may be listed on your sheet at any time, only one entry blank per week may be submitted.) 


 Children who read at least 20 books by Friday, July 14th will be eligible to receive a ticket to a Fort Wayne TinCaps baseball game. They will also receive a certificate at the conclusion of the program. Children who read at least 25 books will receive a gold seal on their certificate as well. McDonald’s and other local restaurants will once again reward children with food coupons for their reading accomplishments.  


          Eligible participants are invited to register for the MadCap Puppet production of “Monkey See, Monkey Do” on Wednesday, June 14th at the Marsh Foundation Auditorium. Participants may also register to see the movie “Cars 3” on June 20th or 21st at the Van Wert Cinemas and the Fort Wayne Youtheatre production “Folk and Tall Tales” on Wednesday, June 28th at the Marsh Foundation Auditorium. Many other special programs have been scheduled over the course of the eight week program. Consult your calendar for specific dates and times. As a culminating activity, we will celebrate with a carnival at Trinity Friends Family Life Center on Thursday, July 20th in recognition of our readers’ achievements.  


          If you have any questions regarding Summer Reading, or if you wish to register for a particular program, please call the Children’s Department at (419) 238-2168.