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Sugar Grove Public Library preps summer reading program

New Activities available for kids, teens, adults

SUGAR GROVE – The summer reading program through the Sugar Grove Public Library will begin May 26 and wrap up July 25. The library will host a kickoff party for the start of the program.

“To kick off the program, there will be a children’s performer at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 26, called ScribbleMonster,” Sugar Grove Public Library Assistant Director Genna Mickey said. “There will also be crafts for kids that day. Registration takes place throughout the program in case attendees can’t make the kickoff date.”

Summer reading program expectations are different for specific age groups. There are three different groups for participants, including children. Birth through sixth grade, seventh through 12th grade, and adults are in their own categories, with different requirements for each program.

“Twelve reading hours are required for children,” Mickey said. “Teens are asked to read 15 hours, and adults fill out a raffle ticket entry for every book read. Adults and teens also have extra activity sheets like book reviews, bingo and crossword puzzles.”

Children and teens can receive a prize for every three hours of reading they complete. Different prizes are awarded to summer reading participants for each level completed, Mickey said.

“These prizes include a prize book and coupons from local businesses for food and activities,” Mickey said. “The last day to turn in reading logs and collect prizes will be Wednesday, July 25. After the program, raffle winners for all age groups will be drawn, contacted and announced.”

Activities will take place at the library during the summer reading program, including Crafternoon, a craft program for teens that will take place every other Tuesday afternoon.

Teens will have fun creating and crafting a variety of projects, such as Pokemon terrariums, tie-dye T-shirts and Pop-tarts pillows, Mickey said.

Teens who love dinosaurs will enjoy having an opportunity to participate in an interactive “Jurassic Park” movie showing at the library at 5:30 p.m. June 21. Participants will receive a prop bag and instructions on how to interact while watching the movie.

New programs, such as Donuts for Dads – a doughnut-themed story time – and an Elephant and Piggy Party for children, will be added to the list of activities available at the library during the summer. All children and teens will have a chance to celebrate their birthday this summer at the library’s Harry Potter Birthday-themed party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 21.

“There will be stations to create wands, potions, butterbeer and more,” Mickey said. “There will be opportunities for fun Harry Potter photographs. Participants are encouraged to dress up.”

Information on programs and other activities available through the library can be found online at

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