Summer reading programs end Aug 18

Reading has inspired countless real-life heroes and heroines to follow their dreams. Sometimes a story sparks an idea, and an invention is born. Sometimes a vivid character gives a reader courage to try something new. Henri Rousseau never left France; he turned to books to inspire his famous jungle paintings. Reading is the stuff of dreams.

The Fond du Lac Public Library’s summer reading programs – Dream Big: Read – will encourage readers of every age to indulge their deepest wishes through the magic of books and reading.

Programs for kids, teens and adults will run June 4 to August 18. Each program provides rewards for time spent reading.

Children, especially, are encouraged to continue reading when school’s out to help prevent summer learning loss, when kids turn up in September knowing less than they did in June. According to the Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction, kids who read over summer not only stem the loss, they often make gains in certain areas.

“It doesn’t matter what they read,” said library Director Ken Hall. “Parents should help keep kids’ reading brains engaged in any way they can to keep them sharp and ready to take on new challenges. Plus, with so many options and such variety available, every child can find something that strikes their fancy.”

Signing up for the summer reading programs is easy. Starting June 4, the Main Library and FDLPL Express will register readers for all three programs: children (birth to age 12), teens (going into grades 7 through 12) and adults. Adults also can sign up at Journeys at St. Agnes and online at

The children’s and teen programs will offer programming throughout the summer to keep kids entertained. For details, check the Calendars or call the Children’s Desk at (920) 929-7080, ext. 127, and for the teens, the Reference Desk, (920) 929-7080, ext. 118.

As well, two displays in the Main Library will engage ideas and imagination. Starting June 4, visitors to the library will be encouraged to write or draw answers to the question, “My Dream is to ____,” and add them to display boards set up around the first floor. And a special collection of books wrapped in brown paper – “Could This Be the Book of Your Dreams?” – encourages teen and adult readers to take a chance on a mystery book, hand-picked by staff members Susan Ringer and Joanne Mengel.

Photo info: Joanne Mengel, left, and Susan Ringer have hand-picked dozens of a wide variety of books for the "Book of Your Dreams" reading challenge.



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