Summer has arrived and, with it, the Summer Discovery Reading Program at Plymouth Public Library has returned!  Sign-up begins May 31st with the first day to participate being June 1st.  “A Universe of Stories” is the theme this year, with prizes and special events/programs featuring a space theme.

Freedom is the name of the game this year, as there are no rules!  For adults, you will track the number of books you read over the duration of the program.  Your only requirement is to read YA level books and up.  It’s free to sign-up and online participation has been brought back this year, which means you can log in and track your titles from the comfort of your living room!

The overall goal of the program is to collectively read 1,500 books.  “Our goal for the Winter Discovery Reading Program was to challenge our patrons to read 1,000 books and they went above and beyond and read 1,616!” said Adult Circulation Supervisor Cindy Clough.  “Everyone seemed to really enjoy the freedom of being able to read what they wanted, so we thought we’d bring that back for our Summer Discovery program and up the ante a little bit to 1,500 books.  We know PPL patrons can reach that number again!” said Clough.

There will be three “top” prizes for those that contribute the most to the program, along with various individual prizes awarded throughout the program once patrons reach a predetermined level (5 books read, 10 books read, etc.).  “We have had some pretty great prizes donated for this years’ program.  Gift certificates to local restaurants, collectibles, and themed gift baskets…Centier Bank even donated a literal money tree!” said Clough.  “Some of the individual prizes are pretty cool as well, as they are all space themed.  We’ve got alien keychains, “A Universe of Stories” drawstring bags and even small containers of alien slime!” said Clough.

“We’re pretty excited to offer some space-themed programs this summer, to coincide with the “Universe of Stories” theme.” said Angi Resendez, Marketing Department Coordinator at PPL.  “We have some space themed DIY art classes that will be held in the Makerspace, a special showing of “Apollo 13” at the Young Amphitheater in Centennial Park on June 14th and a discussion celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that will be held at PPL and feature two guest speakers from Ancilla College!”  said Resendez.

“Winter Discovery is always a big hit at PPL because when the weather turns the way it tends to do in Northern Indiana, one of the best things to do is to hunker down under a blanket or two and curl up with a good book.” said Nathan Mayer, Audio-Visual Supervisor at PPL.  “But we want everyone to get outside, bask in the warm summer sun and enjoy reading just as much as they do during the winter.  Any time of the year is the right time to enjoy a good book!”

If you’re up to contributing to the challenge of reading 1,500 books this summer, you can sign-up either in person at the Adult Circulation Desk or online via the new PPL website (myplymouthlibrary.org) beginning May 31st.  Summer Discovery runs June 1st thru July 17th.

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