Evanston Public Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Program, “Read to the Rhythm,” will run from June 1 through July 31. Kids, teens and adults can sign-up online at epl.org/summerreading or at any EPL location beginning June 1.

This year’s Summer Reading Program brings free events and programs to the Library to entertain and further life-long learning. Enjoy a Chinese Dragon Boat Festival Storytime in English and Mandarin. Come to Family Nights. From STEM MakerKids and a poetic rockin’ puppet show to a world folk music concert and camp song sing-along, from a community drum circle to “Act Out” teen performance workshops, “Read to the Rhythm” encourages Evanston residents to read books, explore music, create art, and enjoy the Library’s many free resources. A complete list of activities can be found at epl.org.

Summer Reading participants of any age can earn points throughout June and July to win prizes for completing a variety of activities like reading a book, coming to a library event, checking out an audiobook, connecting with the Library on social media, doing a science activity, or writing a story.  A Summer Reading Activity log helps individuals keep track of points. Prizes will include books, gift certificates to local eateries, and more.  If the Evanston community as a whole reaches 125,000 points, program participants can come in to have overdue book fines eliminated during Fine Amnesty Week, August 30 through Sept 5.

Summer reading programs play an important role in student success. Studies have shown that reading over the summer prevents the loss of reading skills while school is not in session. By the end of 6th grade, children who lose reading skills over the summer can be up to two years behind their classmates.

“Reading together is a great way to spend time as a family. The Evanston Public Library enjoys producing an array of fun and interesting summer programs for residents of all ages in our diverse, literate, musical and culturally rich community,” said Library Director Karen Danczak Lyons.

The 2015 Summer Reading Program is made possible, in part, by generous support from the Evanston Public Library Friends. Our program partners include the City of Evanston Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and Ridgeville Park Distirct; this year participation in the Summer Reading Program will be made available as part of a pilot on-site for children attending select City of Evanston and Ridgeville summer camps.