Ways to keep kids learning this summer at the library and at home


By Devynn Barnes

School is out, which means more fun in the sun and a break from the books for Zionsville students. May 31 was the official last day, but the learning doesn’t have to stop there. The Hussey-Mayfield Public Library is starting summer reading programs for all different ages that will run through July 26.

The reading program allows elementary students to log their reading for prizes, choosing a goal of either 50 books, 50 reading hours, or 50 days of reading. Every five books, hours, or days, the kids will get a prize from “The Prize Market,” open in the library June 9. Achieving all 50 books, hours, or days will automatically enter students into the grand prize raffle for a Kindle Fire HD tablet.

Programs also exist for older students, for grades 6 – 12 and for high school graduates, too. The programs run all summer at the Hussey-Mayfield library, where other fun events such as teen craft days and yoga story time for children are also take place.

The Zionsville community looks forward to a fun, relaxing and educational summer. Reading logs at the library are available for pick up beginning June 2. The library is open from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, closed Sunday. Stop by, pick up your logs, and get reading!


The last day to order school supplies is June 30.

The first day of school for the 2014-2015 school year is August 12.


If families are moving out of the Zionsville district or to another elementary school in Zionsville, they are asked to report these changes to the central office at [email protected]  and [email protected]


Stonegate Elementary is also offering an online survey for parents for information about how to improve the next school year, accessible until June 6. The survey can be found by going to the school’s website found at www.zcs.k12.in.us/sge.

Zionsville Community Schools Corporation has sent out a reminder to all families that it is important to keep young students’ brains active in the summertime and instill the idea that learning is a fun, lifelong process. Though school is ending, the multiple programs from the public library are a great way to keep the educational ball rolling over the summer.