Opinion: Time to explore summer at JCPL

The weather is warming up, the school year is ending, and you’re looking for fun activities to do all summer long. Johnson County Public Library offers its annual Explore Summer program where you can read, create and discover new things on your own, with friends or family.

The program is sponsored by the Friends of JCPL and runs from May 16 to July 31. Explore Summer is open to all ages. Stop by a library branch to register or register online at PageAfterPage.org/ExploreSummer. You will receive a coupon for a free book at a Friends of JCPL book sale, an activity log to track your reading minutes, and a garden sign. JCPL’s Prize Patrol will be searching for street signs while we’re on the road this summer to deliver prizes to your doorstep.

Learning and reading throughout the summer is key to developing early literacy skills and addressing learning loss. Our goal as a community is to read three million minutes together. To help us achieve this goal, we want you to read 10 hours this summer – this can include magazines, books, audiobooks or even the newspaper. Keep track of your time, and when you hit that mark, you’ll receive a finisher prize and be entered to win the grand prize. This year we are offering a stay at the Indianapolis Bottleworks District. It includes gift cards for the restaurants at Garage Food Hall, Living Room Theaters, and the Pins Mechanical Company, as well as a gas gift card so you can get there.

Weekly learning activities let you get out and explore Johnson County, whether it’s public art on the Great Arts Quest, visiting one of our Storywalks, or gazing at the stars with a telescope borrowed from our Library of Things.

The JCPL librarians have some fabulous programs planned for you this summer. Hedgehog Hannah will be there with 12 different animals for an interactive experience. Children’s book character The Green Crayon will meet and greet customers at all of our branches. Random Fandom is back to celebrate pop culture and geeky fandoms. Crafting for a Cause partners with local nonprofits. And Sub Zero Ice Cream will celebrate the end of summer with a STEAM presentation and an ice cream party. To see all activities and register for programs, visit PageAfterPage.org/events.

Get ready to head to a JCPL branch on May 16 to sign up and start reading, venturing, and exploring all that JCPL has to offer this summer. We will see you soon in your favorite JCPL agency!

Kelly Staten is the Johnson County Public Library’s Program Manager. JCPL staff members write this bi-monthly column for the Daily Journal. Send feedback to [email protected]

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