The Evanston Public Library is launching a new season of summer reading programs for youngsters.

Every summer for almost 40 years, the library’s Summer Reading Game has kept kids reading through the summer months. Children who stop reading often fall behind while those who are encouraged to read more have a head start when they return to school in September.

This year’s game, “Take Flight,” is inspired by the peregrine falcons nesting in window boxes on the third floor of the downtown library.

Children can begin recording their reading as soon as they register. Prizes will be awarded for reading nine total hours and for weekly visits. The game will run from June 13-July 30.

The 2011 Summer Reading Game can be played in English and Spanish at any of six sites — the children’s room of the main library at 1703 Orrington Ave., the north branch library at 2026 Central St., the EPL Friends Mighty Twig at 900 Chicago Ave., the summer reading stop at 1900 Dempster St. the Robert Crown Center at 1701 Main St. and the Fleetwood-Jourdain Center at 1655 Foster St.

This year, every child’s reading record will be available to librarians at every site, so kids can visit more than one site to play.

The theme of the teen summer reading program is “A Midsummer Loft’s Dream.” Middle schoolers and teens can visit www.epl.org/teens to find a variety of activities throughout the summer and a suggested reading list. Evanston teens will be facilitating book discussions in the Loft and at other locations in Evanston.

For more information, call 847-448-8610.

To volunteer at at summer reading game site, visit www.cityofevanston.org/resident/volunteer.

To learn about supporting the program, contact Library Administration at 847-448-8650 or visit www.epl.org/comment. A gift of $10 will sponsor one child’s reading game for a full summer.Summer Reading Stop in Evanston Plaza June 13-August 13… Stop By!

For the second year, the Evanston Public Library is opening a Summer Reading Stop in the Evanston Plaza. This year it will be located at 1900 Dempster St. in the old Washington Mutual location next to Subway sandwiches. It will be open June 13 to August 13 on Mondays and Wednesdays 4 to 7 p.m. and Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Summer Reading Stop is a library outpost with computers, books and magazines for everyone.

It will be staffed by EPL neighborhood services staff, Evanston Public Library Friends, and volunteers. The EPL staff and board are actively recruiting local West Evanston volunteers to get the community involved. Information on volunteering at the Stop is available at www.cityofevanston.org/resident/volunteer.

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