Vacation Reading Program

Every Hero Has a Story

May 28 — July 31, 2015

Join us for the Vacation Reading Program kick-offs! Jeff McClure of Got Magic! kicks off the summer with an awesome magic show and a visit from a thrilling superhero. Make a craft and bring cameras and smiles for a picture with Iron Man and DeKalb County Public Library’s mascot, Dog in the Woods. Don’t forget to sign up for the Every Hero Has a Story Vacation Reading Program. Continue reading throughout the summer and receive an invitation to a special end-of-summer wrap up celebration!

Kick-off Programs for Wee Readers for Babies from birth to age 2 and Children ages 3-12:
Thursday, May 28 @ 10:00 a.m. at the Stonecrest Library
Thursday, May 28 @ 2:00 p.m. at the Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library
Saturday, May 30 @ 10:00 a.m. at the Decatur Library

Kick-off Program for Teens ages 13-17:
Friday, May 29 @ 6:00 p.m. at the Decatur Library


Wrap up Celebrations (by invitation only):
• Thursday, August 6 @ 2:00 p.m. at the Salem Panola Library
• Thursday, August 6 @ 2:00 p.m. at the Northlake Library
• Saturday, August 8 @ 10:30 a.m. at the Dunwoody Library

Wee Reader - For Babies from birth to age 2

Sign up at any branch. Parents/caregivers complete literacy activities on a special reading log.
• Complete 10 literacy activities and receive a bag.
• Complete 20 literacy activities and receive a certificate and board book.

Every Hero Has a Story - For Children ages 3–12

Sign up at any branch and receive a reading log, bookmark and sticker. Earn raffle tickets for hours read and/or literacy activities completed.
• Complete the top half of the reading log and receive one raffle ticket.
• Complete the bottom half of the reading log and receive a certificate, bag, mood pencil (while supplies last) and raffle ticket.
• Continue reading for additional raffle tickets.

Unmask! - For Teens ages 13–17

Teens can pick up a reading log at any DeKalb County Public Library or sign up online and earn raffle tickets for hours read and/or literacy activities completed. There is no limit to the number of raffle tickets earned. For more information, please visit Unmask!

VRP Prizes

Children and teens who participate in the Vacation Reading Program can earn raffle tickets for a variety of prizes, including but not limited to books, Amazon Kindle Fires and free tickets to cultural and amusement venues around Atlanta.

Atlanta Braves Home Run Readers

The Atlanta Braves will again join with Georgia Public Library Service and DeKalb County Public Library to offer the “Home Run Readers” program, which allows children to earn certificates — and free game tickets — by reading and participating in online writing activities.

Reading Makes Cent$ College Savings Sweepstakes

The annual Summer Reading Program Sweepstakes, sponsored by Georgia Public Library Service and Georgia’s Path2College 529 Plan, will celebrate its sixth year in 2015, with “Every Hero Has a Story Save for College.” Children across the state who were born in 1999 or after and who participate in the Summer Reading Program at their local library can enter for a chance to win a $5,529 college savings account contribution. In its first four years, the program awarded more than $42,000 to winning children and their libraries. Visit your local DeKalb County Public Library branch for more details.

Atlanta Hawks Check-It-Out Reading Challenge

Co-sponsored by Georgia Public Library Service and the Atlanta Hawks, the Check-It-Out Reading Challenge will celebrate its eleventh year with more fun and surprises. The supplemental Summer Reading program has awarded approximately 80,000 tickets to young readers who have participated so far. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade who sign up for the Vacation Reading Program will receive a Hawks bookmark. Follow the instructions on the bookmark to receive free tickets to a Hawks game.

Sponsors and Partners

2015 Vacation Reading Program partners include the Georgia Public Library Service, DeKalb County School District, City Schools of Decatur, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta HawksAtlanta Silverbacks, SkyView, Mystery Room, and the Center for Puppetry Arts.

VRP sponsors

The Vacation Reading Program is supported in whole or in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, as administered by Georgia Public Library Service.

The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) art/graphics are copyrighted by Upstart for exclusive use by CSLP members and are used by permission. Copying or reproducing these CSLP art/graphics in any way by non-CSLP members is prohibited.®

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