Summer Reading Program

Welcome to Panda-moan-ium at the BOOKfield Zoo

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 2014 Summer Reading Program

For Children Preschool thru 5th Grade

Registration begins May 13, 2014

Reading, entertainment and activities begin June 13, 2014

It’s opening day at the “BOOKfield Zoo”, where the books are free, all the children love to read and the animals roam free. It’s the happiest zoo in the world.  But wait! When Dr. Zoo Zoo Zoovago arrives for an inspection of the zoo, he finds the animals have been stricken with the BLUE FLU!  There’s only one cure for the BLUE FLU and only the Junior Zookeepers, our summer readers, can provide the “Happiness” cure through reading and random acts of kindness!

This year, every reader will receive a “BOOKfield Zoo Adventure Packet” which includes information about the reading exhibits, weekly giveaways and activities, prizes, mini camps, and free entertainment events at the library. This summer we once again feature Doggie Tales, “Reading with Ruby”. Doggie Tale readers will meet Rosie, a new addition to Ruby’s doggie family. We are also excited to offer a BINGO game where every child reads their way to a free donated book, while supply lasts.

Readers can register at the library or by completing and returning this 2014 Registration form.

Mark Your Calendars!


TRAVELING WORLD OF REPTILES Wednesday June 18th at 2:00pm-3:00pm ………………..Reptile Show
Featuring:  Dave DiNaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles.



Furry FriendsWednesday June 25th at 1:00pm-2:00pm….……………..…Petting Zoo
Featuring:  Deb Moreland’s Furry Friends Traveling Zoo!


smiley faceWednesday July 2nd at 1:00pm-3:00pm…Sign Up Required!…..Junior Zookeeper’s Open House.  Light refreshments served!


Doggie Tales

Meet Ms. Julie and Ms. Ruby

 Reading With Ruby and Introducing ROSIE, Therapy Dog In Training

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. 

Reading with Ruby starts at 1pm on the following dates:
Tuesdays on June 10th, 17th, 24th, July 1st and July 8th




Tuesday June 10, 2014      Sessions start promptly at:             9:30am-10:30am      11:00-12:00pm        12:30-1:30pm         2:00pm-3:00pm

Mr. Cory, the magician, will share the inside scoop to magic tricks that can be done with common household items.  This one hour mini camp will start with Mr.Cory demonstrating magic as only he can.  Next, kids will get a packet of 10 illustrated instructional sheets depicting various magic tricks.  Students will learn five of these tricks during the camp.  Be prepared to amaze your friends at the drop of a magician’s hat!  There is a $9.00 course fee paid directly to Cory Leonard and is payable at registration

Be a Tree: Dog Safety Program for Kids

Ms. Pam, Tillie, and Ms. Meridith

Ms. Pam, Tillie, and Ms. Meridith

Monday, June 16

Preschool-Kindergarten: 10:00-10:45 AM 

1st-3rd Grade: 11:00-11:45 AM

Pam Booras and Tillie, her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, will present two free dog safety programs for children, one for kids in preschool-kindergarten and one for kids in first-third grades. Pam will discuss and demonstrate to children safe ways to interact with dogs. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Be sure to stop by for this fun, informative program! Registration is required.

Pam Booras is a Certified Master Third Way Trainer. This type of training strives to perfect the relationship between people and dogs by helping people to learn more about dogs and dog behavior, loving dogs for what they are, and teaching dogs how to live in harmony with people.  It is dedicated to perfecting the relationship between people and dogs.  Tillie is a certified therapy dog through Therapy Dogs, Inc. and Intermountain Therapy Dogs.

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 Jan Seaborn, and Tricia Kelly for making our summer reading play come to life; Julie Condie, Ruby, Rosie and Pam Booras and Tillie, for supporting reading through Doggie Tales; Peru Applebee’s, Peru Culver’s, DuPage Children’s Museum, House of Hunan Restaurant, Lou’s Lagrotto, and Team Lyders 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.

Parents and caring adults: The Junior Zookeepers need your help, too! Participate with your child in our summer reading program. 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. In addition, please encourage your child to spread the “happiness” through random acts of kindness.