Lansing Public Library resumes fun activities for Summer 2022

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by Katie Arvia

LANSING, Ill. (May 13, 2022) – The cornerstone summer reading program will return to the Lansing Public Library this year. Participants of all ages are invited to join the fun. Four different program levels are available, including Pre-K (babies to Pre-K), Elementary (kindergarten to 5th grade), Teen (6th to 12th grade), and Adult. The program is free for all participants.

Starting with a block party

“We are excited to resume a more regular summer at Lansing Public Library,” said Beth Bozzo, Head of Youth and Teen Services. “Our summer reading program kicks off with our annual block party on Friday, June 3, from 6-8 p.m. There will be lots of fun, free activities available. Pizza and snacks will be available to purchase, and the funds will benefit the Friends of the Library.”

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At the 2019 block party, an impressive crowd of Lansing residents engaged with one another on the library’s front lawn and on Indiana Avenue. (Photo: Jennifer Yos)

The summer reading program will take place June 6 through July 30. Bozzo explained that reading minutes will be tracked through the Beanstack app or a paper log. Electronic badges are awarded for completing the required number of reading minutes. Each badge earns a raffle ticket toward a chance to win a large prize and a small reward at the library. In addition to the fun and prizes the program provides, summer reading also helps students stay on track during the summer.

“Summer reading is especially important for the 0–18 age range. Early literacy is vital, and studies show that children that have books in the home go on to complete more education. Summer reading challenges benefit school-aged children by preventing summer slide, which is the loss of learning that can occur over summer break,” Bozzo said.

Other library fun

In addition to the reading program, the library has other fun events planned for this summer. On June 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the library will host Camp Library at Fox Pointe. Bozzo said this program will be “all the fun of a camping trip without the any of the hassle.” Fun camping games, crafts, and music will all be included. The Grammy award-winning duo 123 Andres will take the stage at 3 p.m. The Fox Pointe concession stands will be open with food and drinks available for purchase.

The Mobile Library Book Runner will also be active this summer. “This year we will be getting out into the community several times each week. We have our ‘Mobile Library Book Runner’ scheduled to be at parks and Fox Pointe events throughout the summer. We’ll bring the library to you,” Bozzo explained.

The summer reading program, Camp Library, and the Mobile Library Book Runner are just a few of the programs and events the library offers year-round.

Bozzo, who has memories of participating in summer reading programs herself, said, “We hope that participants will come away knowing more about the services and programs that the library offers. We are a free, vital resource in the community, and we love connecting patrons with their next great read or the resources they need.”

The Lansing Public Library is located at 2750 Indiana Avenue. More information about summer reading and other offerings at the library is available at www.lansingpl.org.

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The Lansing Public Library is located at 2750 Indiana Avenue in Lansing, Illinois. (Photo: Jennifer Yos)

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Katie is a lifelong Lansing native who currently works full-time in marketing while also freelance reporting for The Lansing Journal. In 2015, she graduated with high honors from Saint Xavier University in Chicago with a BA in English, and she plans to pursue a Master's degree in the near future. Her favorite Lansing Journal assignments include coverage of TF South High School's walkout ("Demonstrating the possibilities") and her St. Patrick's Day interview with her grandma ("St. Patrick's Day traditions: reflections of an Irish granddaughter").