LANSING, Ill. (June 12, 2023) – The Lansing Public Library recently started a new summer reading program for youth and adults. This year’s theme is “Passport to Adventure.”
Participants receive a reading log where they can document the time they spend reading each week. This log has been dubbed the “passport to reading.” Readers turn in their passports to qualify for prizes. Each 120 minutes of reading time earns the passport holder a raffle ticket. At the end of the program, the library will hold a drawing for the raffle prizes, which include city pass tickets, passes to the Brookfield Zoo, or four tickets for a Chicago Cubs or White Sox game.
Participants can also earn extra raffle tickets by checking in to library-sponsored events in June and July, including a dinosaur show, a live reptile show by Cross Town Exotic, and an escape room. Interested participants can sign up online.
Beth Bozzo, the youth services manager at the library, is very excited for the program. “We have had our busiest summer since before COVID,” she said, confirming that 100 passports, or reading logs, have already been taken out by interested patrons. Most of these have been taken by children, but there is a strong level of interest from adults as well, who consistently participate each year.
Bozzo believes it is important for families to read and for children to be engaged with reading during the summer, as they can otherwise forget things they learn in school. Reading helps retain information.
“It’s going to be a really amazing summer out here,” predicted Bozzo, referring to the summer reading program as well as other events and activities lined up at the library.
The Lansing Public Library is located at 2750 Indiana Avenue in Lansing, Illinois.
- Meet Beth Bozzo: Lansing Library’s new Head of Youth and Teen Services (published December 2020)
- Lansing Library to debut new youth and teen section during June 4 open house (published May 2021)