Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat is excited to announce the third annual summer literacy program for Peoria residents: Peoria Reads: Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader.
“Helping our children acquire a love of reading is a gift that lasts a lifetime and I’m so excited to kick off the summer with this valuable reading program. There will be amazing events and opportunities to win great prizes over the next few months; I hope families join us on this reading adventure,” said Carlat.
The free program was created by Mayor Carlat to promote and enhance literacy among our youth population by encouraging Peoria’s future workforce to read 20 minutes a day over the summer. Peoria residents can sign up at Peoria libraries, Peoria Main Library at 8463 W. Monroe St. or Sunrise Mountain Library at 21109 N. 98th Ave., to receive a bookmark to track their reading. The bookmark can be turned in at the end of summer for a chance to win numerous prizes, including Barnes and Noble gift cards, digital reading tablets and one of two complete book sets. Children can also increase their chances of winning by attending free, activity-filled events throughout the summer.
Saturday, May 26
'Dive into Reading'
Opening Day at Sunrise Pool
21321 N. 86th Dr.
Noon- 5 p.m.
Water safety and a fire truck.
Thursday, June 7
'Reading is Hot'
Council Parking Lot
8401 W. Monroe St.
Be a junior firefighter and spray a real fire hose.
Thursday, June 21
'World’s Largest Swim Lesson’
Centennial Pool, 14388 N. 79th Ave.
Peoria Pool, 11200 N. 83rd Ave.
Pool opens at noon.
Group swim lesson at 12:30 p.m.
Open swim fro, 12:30 to 3:15 p.m.
Free with reading program sign-up.
Thursday, July 12
'You Have the Right to Read'
Sunrise Mountain Library
21109 N. 98th Ave.
Check out the SWAT Mobile Command Unit and learn about police equipment.
Thursday, July 26
'Reach for Reading'
Rio Vista Recreation Center
8866 W. Thunderbird Ave.
Kids climb the rock wall for free, reach the book and win a prize.