Summer Reading Club

Reading by Design: Unlock Your Imagination

 2017 Summer Reading Club & Fun Activities

For Children Preschool thru 5th Grade

Registration begins Monday, May 15, 2017

Reading, entertainment, and activities run June 5-July 31, 2017

Reading by Design is an eight week program running June 5-July 31. A breakdown of weekly activities follows. Readers can register at the library for activities and programs.

Stop by the library on or after May 15th to pick up a registration form and participate with your child in our summer reading club. Participating in our summer reading club is easy. With no set hours for the summer reading club, your child can participate even with all their other summer activities. Simply stop by when the library is open to participate.

Research suggests families should aim for 15-20 minutes of reading a day to help prevent the “summer slide,” where reading skills are lost and kids are less prepared to return to school in the fall.

Children and families set their own reading goals, whether by keeping track of time, number of books or pages, or other literacy milestones, such as learning alphabet sounds, shapes, colors, or sight words. The suggested summer reading goal for Northview School students is 20 minutes per day for 20 days of the month.

The library has many resource resources to help prepare children for kindergarten and to build reading skills, including:

 Board Books are sturdy and perfect for introducing babies and toddlers to books.
Growing Readers Play & Learn Kits focus on concepts children need to learn before beginning Kindergarten.
Sight Word Readers help build language fluency. These books consist entirely of sight words with a rebus style picture for harder words.
I Like to Read series designed with simple sentences using familiar words and repetition for reinforced learning.
Joy Cowley’s Mrs. Wishy Washy series are humorous stories with Guided Reading Levels perfect for the beginning reader.
We Both Read series encourages shared reading between the adult and child. While the adult text provides interesting information, children practice reading at their reading level.
Beginning/Early Readers a collection designed for children beginning to read longer stories.

For questions or for more information on how you can help your child get ready for kindergarten or on books your child might like, call Children’s Services at (815) 223-0229 x 5.

This page remains under construction. Changes and revisions are possible. Check back often for the most current information.

Upcoming Family Events

Stories in the Park: The Three Little Pigs Meet the Big Bad Wolf: Friday, June 16, 7:45 pm at Centennial Park before Movie in the Park sponsored by the City of Peru.

Happy Birthday, Harry!: A Trip to Hogwarts: Monday, July 31, 5:00-7:30 pm

Take a magical journey into Harry Potter’s world. Costumes encouraged. Registration requested. All ages welcome.

Free Family Movies:

Wednesday, June 21, 1:00 pm: Aladdin

Wednesday, July 19, 1:00 pm: Zootopia

Monday, July 31, 1:00 pm: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Wednesday, August 16, 6:00 pm: Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

Families are encouraged to bring snacks to enjoy during the movie. Movies will take place in the main level reading area. For more information, call Children’s Services at (815) 223-0229 x 5.

 Classes for Children Birth-Age 5

Bounces and Tickles for Babies: Tuesdays June 13-July 25, 10:00-10:20 AM
(For children birth-12 months) (Library closed Tuesday, July 4th)

Join us for lap bounces, lifts, songs, and finger plays designed to stimulate babies. Fun ways to use music, shakers, scarves, and books with babies are demonstrated. Bring a small baby blanket for floor activities. Stay after for baby play and to make new friends. Registration requested.

Wiggles and Giggles: Monday nights June 12-July 24, 6:15-6:35 pm and Thursday mornings June 15-July 27, 10:00-10:20 AM
(For children 1-3 years)
Families engage in the fun of finger plays, movement, and music. Although best for children ages 1-3, siblings are welcome to attend. Playtime follows each session. Thursdays are a repeat of the Monday night class. Registration requested.

Preschool Story Time: Wednesdays June 14-July 26, 10:00-11:00 AM
(For children 3-5 years)

Story Time encourages imagination, curiosity, and play. Children experience creative learning through books, music, movement, and more. Siblings are welcome to attend. Playtime follows each session.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (R):

Reading to your child is the most important thing you can do to prepare your child to become a reader. Join this self-paced program and before you know it, you’ll have read 1,000 books to your child. Each August, the library hosts a party for children completing the program. See the librarians for more information.

Imagination Station: Weekly art projects for all ages.  Station not available when other programs are taking place. Children under 8 years must have an adult helper.


Activities for Children Ages 5-8

Children who have not yet completed 2nd grade must be accompanied by an adult while at the library. For kids participating in the book clubs, caregivers are asked to remain in the library.

Doggie Tales: Tuesdays beginning June 13, 1:00-2:00pm            

Practice reading with Ruby and Lila, Ms. Julie’s certified therapy dogs. Kids read to Ruby or Lila for 5-10 minutes. Enjoy doing tricks with Ruby and Lila after everyone reads! Registration required.

“Picture This” Book Club: Monday, July 3rd, 10th, and 24th, 1:00-200 pm

Each week, similar themed picture books will be explored with an activity. Although some supplies are provided by the library, children will be provided a suggested supply list to enhance their creative project. Registration is required, and kids may register for one or all three days. Snacks provided.

“Chapter Book” Explorers Club: Thursdays June 22nd-July 27th, 4:00-4:45pm  Participants should be ready to read or already reading chapter books. This club will explore different chapter book series each week.  Readers should bring their favorite chapter book to the first meeting.  Each reader will have an opportunity to tell what they liked about the book!  Snacks provided.

Activities for Children Ages 9-12

Camp Create: Monday, June 19 & 26, 1:00-2:00pm

Kids explore creativity through books and an imaginative project.  Participants must attend both sessions. Registration is required and space is limited.

Nail Art Club: Session 1: Tuesday, June 20 & 27, 2:00-2:45pm; Session 2: Tuesday, July 11 & 18, 2:00-2:45pm

Follow along with the design of the week to learn the basics of creating cool nail art. Registration is required.

“Chapter Book” Explorers Club: Thursdays June 22nd— July 27th, 4:00-4:45pm
Participants should be ready to or already reading chapter books. Readers explore different chapter book series weekly. Readers bring their favorite chapter book to the first meeting to share what they liked about the book! Refreshments provided. Registration is required.

“Lunch Bunch” Book Club: Wednesdays June 21st—July 26th, 12:15 to 1:00pm

Participants should be ready to or already reading junior novels. Bring your own lunch and the librarians will provide an extra treat. Registration is required.

Camp Half Blood: Wednesday, June 28, 1:30-3:30pm

Calling all Percy Jackson fans! Come to our Demigod Camp and discover your Greek god or goddess parent, participate in training sessions for your quest, and more. Registration is required.

Upcycle Fashion Camp: Monday, July 17- Friday, July 21, 1:00-2:30 PM

Students entering 4th-5th grade explore ways to upcycle their fashion by re-designing old jewelry, bags, purses, belts, and clothes. Students are expected to attend each day. Camp taught by Ms. Deanna & Ms. Viktoriya. Registration is required.

Treasure Hunter’s Metal Detecting: Saturday, June 17, 9:30am-12:00pm Learn the basics of metal detecting at Cedar Point Sportsman’s Club! Food provided. Kids must be transported and accompanied by an adult. Hosted in conjunction with Cedar Point Sportsman’s Club and Illinois Valley Historical Research and Recovery Association. Registration is required.

About Doggie Tales

Doggie Tales

Meet Ms. Julie and Ruby. Ruby is a real dog who loves to listen to children read. Ruby doesn’t mind when words are sounded out, skipped over, or misspoken. Ruby won’t interrupt or correct a reader.  She just loves to listen! Children will read for 5-10 minutes to Ruby. Children will have the most fun reading a story they have read before and Ruby doesn’t mind hearing the story over and over again. Separate registration is required for Doggie Tales. 

Thank You To Our Supporters!

Thank you to all the wonderful people and businesses making this program possible. Peru Public Library thanks the following individuals, groups, and businesses for their support of our summer reading program:

The Friends of Peru Public Library for providing funding for our entertainment programs; Storytellers Steve Seaborn, Jan Seaborn, and Tricia Kelly for making our summer reading play come to life; Ms. Julie, Ms. Alecia, Ruby, and Lila for supporting reading through Doggie Tales; Gary Olson, the Illinois Valley Research and Recovery Association, Cedar Point Sportsman’s Club, and Spring Valley Pawn Shop for bringing the Treasure Hunters program to life; Sara McDonald and the Peru Public Schools for collaborating on the summer reading program; Peru Rec Department for hosting Stories in the Park; DeAnna Carlson and Viktoriya Poroshyn for providing Fashion Camp; Peru Culver’s, House of Hunan Restaurant, Lou’s LaGrotto, Peru Taco Bell, Peru Wendy’s, DuPage Children’s Museum, and Chicago Zoological Society for providing outstanding reading incentives. (Supporters added as donations are received.)

We look forward to having a great time! For everyone to have a satisfying experience, we ask families to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • While at the library, an adult must remain with any child who has not yet completed 2nd grade. Please remember that the library is a public building open to anyone.
  • During public performances, children must remain seated and keep hands to themselves. Otherwise, children will be asked to sit with their parents in the back of the room.
  • Finally, some activities and prizes may be designated with an age requirement.  Remember that each child will grow into age appropriate activities and prizes each summer.