Carmel library’s Summer Reading Challenge offers 2 adventures for participants of all ages


From left, CCPL librarians Dawn Boarman, Elizabeth Essink, Sandy Blackthorn and Beth Weaver are helping run the Summer Reading Challenge. (Submitted photo)

The Summer Reading Challenge is back at the Carmel Clay Public Library. The program runs from May 31 to Aug. 15 and offers two adventures.

Adventure A (activities) allows participants to not only read books but also try out several activities. Those involved will earn one badge for every 120 minutes read (up to eight badges) plus one badge for completing five activities (up to three badges).

“It is a program that we’ve done in the past, but we’ve kind of taken a new spin on  the traditional summer reading programs that libraries have traditionally offered which have always been very booked-based,” said Christy Walker, CCPL communications manager. “Over the last several years we’ve introduced an option where patrons who are participating in the program can certainly count reading for the program participation but they also have an option where they can incorporate learning activities. It’s a nice extension to the program.”

Adventure B (books) allows participants to earn one badge for each book of at least 100 pages (up to 11 badges).

“This year we’re expanding the program even further because we have had patrons over the years tell us they miss the program just being about books and reading,” Walker said. “So, now they have two different ways they can choose to participate.”

Participants can use their badges to choose from various prizes. When they collect all 11 badges, they receive a free book.

“They’re earning points for digital badges,” Walker said. “Then they can come into the library and shop and redeem those badges for fun prizes.”

Individuals, families and groups are allowed to participate.

“All ages can participate,” Walker said. “We have adults who just want to be reading and we have preschoolers who are having books read to them and participating in the activities.”

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