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Summer Reading: We Dig It! At Peoria Public Library June 5 through July 24, 2016

ppl-main-frontPeoria Public Library will offer a Summer Reading program for all ages from June 5 through July 24 at all Peoria Public Library locations.

Participants just sign a contract at their favorite Peoria Public Library Branch agreeing to read three hours a week this summer during Summer Reading. Then readers stop back in and report reading weekly between Sunday, June 5 and Saturday, July 23.

New this year is a return to weekly rewards.  Each time the contract is signed the reader gets a small prize. Those who read six of the seven weeks will earn a pass to a fun-filled party with new features.  This year the party takes over not only the Peoria Riverfront Museum, but also the Caterpillar Visitor Center! Use a Summer Reading Party Pass on Tuesday, July 26  from 6 to 9 pm get into both museums free and enjoy activities like the planetarium, the “Be the Astronaut, Fly the Spaceship of Tomorrow Today” exhibit,  Unique Twist Balloon Artists, Wild Style Face Painting and a chance to win big prizes.

At the Caterpillar Visitor Center, Summer Readers start their visit with a video in the bed of a massive two-and-a-half story Cat® 797F Mining Truck and take a virtual ride into a customer’s mine site down a haul road. Then you can unleash your inner engineer and design your very own Cat machine. Hop onto a simulator and see first-hand what it’s like to operate equipment the way our operators do. It’s just one more way you will get to “Dig” Summer Reading.

Not only will Summer Readers earn a chance for prizes, but they have the satisfaction of meeting a challenge that will create enjoyment and sharpen a vital skill. Summer reading is summer learning that keeps students sharp and ready for school while adults can explore new topics and be ready for the ever-changing world in which we live. Families are encouraged to read together and challenge each other to complete the Summer Reading program.

The summer is full of special “We Dig It!” events.  Enjoy storytelling, crafts, the Exploring Human Origins exhibits and more all summer, then check out your next round of reading.