McHENRY – The McHenry Public Library's summer reading program is still set to kick of June 7 despite the library being closed for repairs.
The opening event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that Saturday, but patrons can sign up for the program anytime after that day.
The “James” Bus, the McHenry County Historical Society’s award-winning mobile history museum, will be in the library’s parking lot from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Patrons with a valid McHenry Public Library card can also get up to four free Ravinia lawn passes for select performances starting at 10 a.m. Certain restrictions apply.
This year's themes are all about science, including “Fizz, Boom, Read!” for kids, “Spark a Reaction” for preteens and teens and “Literary Elements” for adults.
Registration for the summer reading program is free to anyone with a McHenry Public Library card, and other regular programs throughout the summer are open to everyone.
At registration, readers will receive a bag containing an activity sheet or book log depending on their age or grade, so they can keep track of their reading throughout the program, as well as some other goodies.
Businesses and organizations, including restaurants, entertainment, recreational and educational organizations, have donated coupons and passes for those who sign-up and reach reading milestones throughout the summer.
Participants of all ages can win prizes, including a family membership to the Discovery Center Museum in Rockford for early readers and juniors and a $125 Target gift card for preteens. Details on other prizes are available at the Question Desk.
A large portion of the summer reading program budget is underwritten by the Friends of McHenry Public Library organization.