Westfield Washington Public Library Ready to Launch Summer Reading Program. Registration for “All Together Now” Open.

(WESTFIELD, MAY 16, 2023) – Registration for the Westfield Washington Public Library Summer Reading Program is now open. The eight-week program officially starts on Thursday, June 1. All ages are encouraged to participate.

“We’re encouraging everyone to spend more time at the library this summer,” says Sara Reitmeyer Perry, the Summer Reading Program Coordinator. “Come meet new friends, cool off while reading a book, or participate in one of our hands-on activities.”

The Wonderlab Museum of Science, Health, and Technology in Bloomington will be at the library twice this summer to help spark kids’ imaginations. Their first program on Friday, June 2, will teach kids how to make a Rube Goldberg Machine. The second, on Monday, July 10, will focus on the science of electricity with a demonstration on how to make mini lightning bolts. Space is limited and registration is required.

And back by popular demand, the library will host three Foam Parties on Thursday, June 29. Participants will play on a dance floor covered in foam with live music and games. The hypo-allergenic foam, similar to baby shampoo, is safe for kids and biodegradable. Again, space is limited, and registration is required. Event registration can be found on the library’s event page.

Nearly 3,000 Westfield residents – kids, teens, and adults – participated in last year’s Summer Reading Program. They read a total of 2,577,886 minutes. This year’s goal will be three million minutes.

“We hope to see hundreds of residents at the library this summer,” says Sheryl Sollars, director of the Westfield Washington Public Library. “Summer break is a fun time for our young readers to learn to use the library and develop a lifelong habit of reading. Plus, reading over the summer helps to keep their skills up.”

Registration for the Summer Reading Program can be found at wwpl.beanstack.org. Anyone who reads at least 40 hours between June 1 and July 31 will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize which includes an Experience Westfield gift basket with over $300 in restaurant gift cards and family-friendly experiences. Prizes will also be distributed to participants throughout the program when they hit specific reading milestones. Special thanks to the Westfield Library Foundation and Friends of the Westfield Library for their financial support.