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Goshen Public Library Gears Up for Summer Reading 2024

When school systems wind down for the summer, Goshen Public Library gets ready for the biggest program of the year: the Summer Reading Program for kids, teens, and adults.

The library invites readers of all ages to participate in programming, track reading, complete challenges, and win prizes. The program began on June 1 and runs through the summer, ending on July 31.

“Summer Reading is so exciting because we can see how much the library means to our community as a fun, free, educational resource,” said Grace Thomas, Development and Community Engagement Manager. “The hard work that we put in to plan the program pays off when we see happy readers!”

The Children’s department will host weekly Funday Monday events in June at Pringle Park, with guests like the Potawatomi Zoo, Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rehabilitation Center, and Professor Steve, a science educator. They will also host regular Wednesday storytimes in English and Spanish, Baby & Me Lapsit on Fridays, and Tween Thursday programs.

Teen Summer Reading is also packed with fun, including a printmaking workshop with the Goshen Printmaker’s Guild, a downtown scavenger hunt, a visit to Warehouse Climbing Co to try out bouldering, and more!

Adult Summer Reading is tied to challenges that will broaden a reader’s horizon and encourage them to try something new, like checking out an Experience Pass, following a tutorial on CreativeBug, or reading a book in a new genre.

One of the most beloved parts of Summer Reading since 2021 has been the Book Giveaways on Tuesdays in June at Pringle Park. Any child or teen who comes to the event gets to choose a free book to take home, building home libraries and sparking the love of reading one book at a time.

Since the program’s inception, the library has given away over 5,500 free books to kids and teens. When funding ran low last year, the Goshen community jumped in to help, raising over $5,000 along with the Friends of the Library to ensure the 2024 program could continue. To support this program, visit https://bit.ly/GPLDonate.

Participants in Summer Reading will have the chance to win prizes generously donated by local businesses and organizations who help support the mission of the library, including Maple City Market, Tropicana Ice Cream Shop, The Electric Brew, and many more.

For more information about Summer Reading, visit goshenpl.org or call the library at (574) 533-9531.