The last few weeks have been consumed with Summer Reading planning and school visits. I have had so much fun visiting all our schools and interacting with the students. This year we have moved our entire process online- no more paper slips to fill and tally. We are excited and we think our patrons are too. We actually know that they are liking registering online with over 350 children and teens already registered. The entire process is easy to follow simply create an account, log books, you are done! It is environmentally friendly and accessible 24/7 so you don't need to depend on the library been open to log your books. It is interactive allowing patrons to submit reviews and even share them via Facebook.
We have planned 6 weeks of fun activities, reading, contests, stories at local parks, and much more. Our teen programs is also packed with hands on events like "Make It- Take It" and a Hunger Games Geocatching event at Iron Oaks. For our younger readers we have movies, an animal awareness show with exotic animals, a magician, and a race car show. Our finale will take us to Izaak Walton, a local forest preserve, for an all family fun picnic with lots of outdoor games.
Our theme is "Have Book, Will Travel" with an emphasis on traveling around our community. I loved this theme because it truly touches my heart. As a kid I didn't traveled much, but grabbing a book was my way to escape, to make new friends, to have adventures, and to travel all without leaving my room. I hope all our young patrons enjoy their "travels" this summer.