Summer Reading Program

Read! Play! Win!

 2016 Summer Reading Club & Fun Activities

For Children Preschool thru 5th Grade

Registration begins Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Reading, entertainment, and activities run June 6-July 27, 2016

Read! Play! Win! is an eight week program running June 6-July 27. A breakdown of weekly activities follows. Readers can register at the library for activities and programs.

Participate with your child in our summer reading club. Stop by the library after May 18th to pick up a “Choose Your Own Goal” form. No formal registration is necessary and your child can easily participate even with all the other summer activities he or she is doing.

Research suggests families should aim for 15-20 minutes of reading a day to help prevent the “summer slide,” where reading skills are lost and kids are less prepared to return to school in the fall.

Children and families set their own reading goals, whether by keeping track of time, number of books or pages, or literacy milestones, such as learning alphabet sounds, shapes, colors, or sight words. 

New for checkout and perfect for pre- and beginning readers: Growing Readers Learn & Play Kits, Sight Word Readers, I Like to Read series, Joy Cowley’s Mrs. Wishy Washy series, and We Both Read series.

For questions or for more information on how you can help your child get ready for kindergarten or on books your child might like, call Children’s Services at                       (815) 223-0229 x 5. 

This page remains under construction. Changes and revisions are possible. Check back often for the most current information.

Activities for All Ages

Doggie Tales: Tuesdays beginning June 7, 1:00-2:00 PM.

Practice reading with Ruby and Lila, Ms. Julie’s certified therapy dogs. Kids read to Ruby or Lila for 5-10 minutes. Registration required.

The Secret Life of Toys: Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11

Our stuffed animals are hosting a sleepover for your toy or stuffed animal (but not your favorite one!). On Friday, join us for an afternoon of fun activities with your toy or stuffed animal, then leave your toy with the librarians. See what the silly animals do all night on our Facebook page! Pick up your toy and souvenir on Saturday morning. One animal per child.

Friday, June 10: 2:30-4:00 PM: Fun activities at the library and toy drop-off.

Saturday, June 11: 9:00-10:30 AM: Toy and souvenir pick-up.

Ben’s Bubble Show: Friday, June 17, 2:30-3:30 PM

Be amazed as Ben makes bubble sculptures and performs bubble tricks. This fun, entertaining show includes audience participation and lasts 45-60 minutes. No registration required.

Oh My Gosh Josh: The Game Is Afoot: Wednesday, July 13, 6:30-7:30 PM

Somebody has stolen all the sports equipment at the Olympics! Josh needs your help to solve the mystery. This show is a sports themed magic, comedy and circus stunt filled race against the clock that everyone gets to play a part in. Don’t forget to come dressed in your favorite sports team outfit! No registration required.

Summer Reading Club Wrap-Up Party: Wednesday, July 27, 1:00-3:00 PM 

Stop by the library for an afternoon of fun events, games, and more as we celebrate the end of our Summer Reading Club!

 Classes for Children Birth-Age 5

Bounces and Tickles for Babies: Tuesdays beginning June 7, 10:00-10:30 AM

(For children birth-12 months)

This is a fun program for babies birth to 12 months. Join us for lap bounces, lifts, songs, and finger plays designed to stimulate babies. Fun ways to use music, shakers, scarves, and books with babies will be demonstrated. Please bring a small baby blanket for floor activities. Older siblings are welcome to attend. Registration requested. 

Wiggles and Giggles: Thursdays beginning June 9, 10:00-10:20 AM

(For children 1-3 years)

Wiggles and Giggles is a fun and interactive weekly program to prepare children one to three years of age for reading, speaking and other skills. This flexible program introduces the fun of finger plays, movement, and music to toddlers! Older and younger children are welcome to attend. Registration requested.

Preschool Story Time: Wednesdays beginning June 8, 10:00-10:45 AM

(For children 3-5 years)

Preschool Story Time encourages imagination, curiosity, and play. Children will experience creative learning through books, music, movement, and more. Older and younger children are welcome to attend. Registration Requested. No Story Time July 13th.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten: This is a self-paced program encouraging families to read 1000 books to their children before starting school. Please see the Children’s librarians for more information.

Activities for Children Ages 5-8

Beginner’s Nail Art Club: Monday, June 6, 13, 20, & 27, 2:00-3:30 PM

Perfect for the beginning artist, this 4 week camp will introduce the basics of applying finger nail polish and creating simple nail art designs with striping tape, dotting tools, and more! Additional information about student attendance and nail products used in this class will be available at registration. Space is limited and those registering should be available for all 4 sessions. Children must be 8 years old to participate. Register by calling 815-223-0229 ext. 5.

Drop in & Build LEGO Club: Tuesdays beginning June 7, 2:00-7:30 PM

This “drop-in at your convenience” club is perfect for children old enough to safely build with the smaller LEGO bricks. Children are not to bring their LEGO bricks from home. Containers of LEGO are provided and children are encouraged to create their own designs or design from librarian inspired challenges. Children not yet graduated from 2nd grade must be accompanied by an adult. Look for pictures of club member designs on Facebook. Questions? Call 815-223-0229 ext 5. LEGO Club ends July 12th.

Activities for Children Ages 9-12

Drop in & Build LEGO Club: Tuesdays beginning June 7, 2:00-7:30 PM

This “drop-in at your convenience” club is perfect for children old enough to safely build with the smaller LEGO bricks. Children are not to bring their LEGO bricks from home. Containers of LEGO are provided and children are encouraged to create their own designs or design from librarian inspired challenges. Children not yet graduated from 2nd grade must be accompanied by an adult. Look for pictures of club member designs on Facebook. Questions? Call 815-223-0229 ext 5. LEGO Club ends July 12th.

Tween Nail Art Club: Wednesday, June 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2:00-4:00 PM

This 4 week camp will introduce the basics of applying finger nail polish and creating nail art designs with striping tape, dotting tools, and more! Additional information about student attendance and nail products used in this class will be available at registration. Space is limited and those registering should be available for all 4 sessions. Register by calling 815-223-0229 ext. 5.

Treasure Hunter’s Metal Detecting: Saturday, July 9, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Take a field trip to the Cedar Point Sportsman’s Club to learn the basics of metal detecting. You will learn hands-on metal detecting and try to find something for yourself! Food will be provided. Must be accompanied by an adult. Hosted in conjunction with Cedar Point Sportsman’s Club and Illinois Valley Historical Research and Recovery Association. Transportation to Sportsman’s Club must be provided and kids must be accompanied by an adult during the event. Space is limited and registration must be made by calling 815-223-0229 ext. 5.

Tween Jewelry Camp: Monday June 13, Thursday,  June 16, Friday June 17th, 9 AM-10:30 AM 
Students entering 5th grade will learn basic macramé knots. Projects include a macramé belt and friendship bracelets. Discovering alternative ways to use macramé knots to design jewelry will be explored. Camp taught by Ms. Deb. Registration may be made by calling 815-223-0229 x 5.

Chess Club: Monday, July 11-Friday, July 15, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Ms. DeAnna is hosting a week of chess club this summer. All skill levels, including beginners, are welcome. Chess club is open to kids in 3rd-6th grades. Registration may be made by calling 815-223-0229 x 5.

Fashion Camp: Monday, July 18-Friday, July 22

Section 1: 1:00-2:30 PM & Section 2: 2:30-4:00 PM

Students entering 3rd –5th grade will select a session to attend and explore art inspired fashion. Students will create a Smash Book, design a 3 piece mini collection, study pop art and create a pop art T-shirt, and make felted beaded jewelry. Students are expected to attend each day. Camp taught by Ms. Deanna & Ms. Viktoriya. Registration may be made by calling 815-223-0229 x 5. 

About Doggie Tales

Doggie Tales

Meet Ms. Julie and Ruby

Ruby is a real dog who loves to listen to children read. Ruby doesn’t mind when words are sounded out, skipped over, or misspoken. Ruby won’t interrupt or correct a reader.  She just loves to listen! Children will read for 5-10 minutes to Ruby. Children will have the most fun reading a story they have read before and Ruby doesn’t mind hearing the story over and over again. Separate registration is required for Doggie Tales. 

Thank You To Our Supporters!

Thank you to all the wonderful people and businesses making this program possible. Peru Public Library thanks the following individuals, groups, and businesses for their support of our summer reading program:

The Friends of Peru Public Library for providing funding for our entertainment programs; Storytellers Steve and Tricia Kelly for making our summer reading play come to life; Julie Condie, Ruby, and Lila for supporting reading through Doggie Tales; Shirley Gerace, Ruth Hicks, Cindy Carlson, and DeAnna and Samantha Carlson for volunteering to help decorate the library; Gary Olson, the Illinois Valley Research and Recovery Association, Cedar Point Sportsman’s Club, and Spring Valley Pawn Shop for bringing the Treasure Hunters program to life; DeAnna Carlson and 4-H of the LaSalle County Cooperative Extension for providing Fashion Camp; Cosmo Prof in Peru for their generous donation of nail art supplies and polish; Cherry Berry in the Peru Mall, Peru Culver’s, House of Hunan Restaurant, Lou’s LaGrotto, Peru Taco Bell, and Peru Wendy’s for providing outstanding reading incentives. (Supporters added as donations are received.)

We look forward to having a great time! For everyone to have a satisfying experience, we ask families to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • While at the library, an adult must remain with any child who has not yet completed 2nd grade. Please remember that the library is a public building open to anyone.
  • During public performances, children must remain seated and keep hands to themselves. Otherwise, children will be asked to sit with their parents in the back of the room.
  • Finally, some activities and prizes may be designated with an age requirement.  Remember that each child will grow into age appropriate activities and prizes each summer.