With summer knocking on the door, the Galesburg Public Library is prepping for their annual summer reading program.
Registration started yesterday for children, teen and adult programs. This year’s theme “Read for the Win” is all about sports, fitness and physical activity.
Assistant Library Director Jane Easterly says while participants are encouraged to read books related to the theme, it’s mainly a way to give some structure to the program and the events planned to coincide.
Easterly tells WGIL encouraging residents to read is a good way to stimulate their mind in the sweaty, summer months.
“Studies do show that people who read have a better vocabulary, for example,” she says. “And better vocabulary can certainly help you get ahead in school and in employment.”
Easterly also says for adults participating, another perk is getting into a book outside their comfort zone.
“One of the adult requirements is to read something you wouldn’t normally read,” she says. “I’ve had any number of adults come up to me over the years and say, ‘wow, I never would have read this, but I really enjoyed it. Now I have a new author to read, now I have a new area to read.'”
Those interested can register immediately at the library’s reference desk, but the reading programs don’t kick off until June 6.