By Sabrina Westfall
The Bicknell-Vigo Township Public Library will start the annual summer reading program starting in June, and will include some “wacky experiments”.
Library Director Debbie Kean said the program will have a theme of “Fizz Boom Read”.
The Bicknell branch will have the program Each Tuesday in June and July from 6 to 7:30 p.m. starting June 10. Kean noted this is a different time than normal in order to allow youth with working parents to attend.
The Sandborn brach will have the program Thursdays in June from 9 to 10:30 a.m. starting June 12.
The program is for preschoolers to high school age students.
“All age groups will participate in some wacky experiment,” Kean noted.
Kean stressed the importance of reading programs because it keeps students reading throughout the summer even though school is not in session.
“Reading is the basis for almost everything we do,” Kean said.
She added when youth come to check out a book, the library hopes it inspires a caregiver to spend some time reading with the child.
“That’s important in this fast paced world that we take time out to spend with family members,” Kean said.
Kean added they have integrated some technology into library recently.
In December, the library began using an Integrated Catalog System, which allows library patrons to access what books are in the library from any computer.
“They can access the catalog and reserve books online … We can showcase what our newest arrivals are. You can click on the cover page to get a full description of the book,” Kean added.
To check out the website, visit www.bicknell-vigo.lib.in.us.
Kean said the library is also looking into offering e-books.
The Bicknell-Vigo Township Library is looking to add members to the Friends of the Library.
The volunteer group serves as the fundraising arm of the library and hosts several fundraisers a year.
The Friends of the Library is in charge of the daily book sale, which helps “weed out the old books to make room for the new books”, Kean explained.
Recently, the Friends group was able to help the library purchase new bookends throughout the library.
If anyone is interested in joining Friends of the Library, call 812-735-2317.
By Sabrina Westfall