Summer for a lot of people is filled with sunshine, trips to the park, poolside relaxation, and cookouts. But, did you know summer was my favorite time because of the Hamilton East Public Library’s (HEPL) Summer Reading Program?
I mean, let’s be honest, what’s better than getting rewarded for reading and completing activities that you could do by yourself or with family and friends? If that’s not enough to convince you, check out these five reasons why you should participate in the Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program.
1.) It’s always a good time to flex those brain muscles.
A recent study showed that children in grades 3-5 lost, on average, 20% of their school-year gains in reading over the summer. Allowing kids the chance to read what they want, whether that be fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, or even audiobooks is important! Adults, need an excuse to “disconnect” from the hustle and bustle of the world? Flexing these muscles gives you an excuse to do just that!
2.) It’s a perfect opportunity to connect or reacquaint yourself with the library!
Time sometimes slips away from us, but if it’s been a while since you have been to the library, you are missing out! The library is a place with much more than books and movies for you to check out. Wanting to try out your hand at genealogy? Check out the Indiana Room at the Noblesville location. Trying to explore your creative side? Check out the Ignite Studio at our Fishers location. Looking for a program? Check out one of our many virtual programs. The library has so many things to experience!
3.) Help create a community of learners.
The summer reading program at HEPL, Tails and Tales, is open to all ages. It doesn’t matter how young or how old you are. Babies and toddlers, kids, teens, and adults are encouraged to sign up. Everyone is working together to achieve a goal of 2.5 million pages/minutes read!
4.) It’s a way to bond with each other!
What better way to spend time with a loved one, family member, or friend than sharing what you are reading or watching? The best part is, that this doesn’t even have to be in person. Connect with each other through phone calls, FaceTime, and social media; the possibilities are endless.
5.) Most importantly, it’s fun!
Summer reading is about exploring and finding materials and activities that you enjoy! Have you ever wanted to read a graphic novel? This is the time to do it! Ever wanted to listen to an audiobook, but wasn’t sure where to start? Hang that hammock, download an audiobook from OverDrive and relax. This program is set up for everyone to complete on their own time, while also enjoying themselves.
Check out our Summer Reading Promo featuring our HEPL staff furry friends video here:
Chaise Carter is the Youth Services Manager and has been with the Hamilton East Public Library for almost 3 years. When not at work, he enjoys checking out the local food scene, hiking the trails at various Indiana State Parks, cooking, and keeping up with the latest reality tv. He’s loved to see the growth of Fishers, both as a community and a hub for innovation! Chaise lives with his wife, newly born daughter, as well as his two miniature Australian Shepherds.