Glen Ellyn Public Library Partners with SCARCE for Summer Reading
By: Stephanie Blackwell, Marketing Coordinator
GEPL Reads for SCARCE Runs Now Through September 2, 2018
For the past five years, the Glen Ellyn Public Library has tied the Summer Reading program to a philanthropic cause – embracing the volunteer spirit of the community – and challenging members to not just read, but to read for a benevolent purpose. And this summer is no different, as the library partners with SCARCE, an award-winning nonprofit that provides environmental education through hands-on programs to schools, organizations, and the community. This year, the library challenges kids to read for 70,000 hours and adults to read 4,000 books.
“Glen Ellyn is a community of readers,” said Dawn Bussey, Library Director. “Members know that their reading – something they already love to do – could also make a difference in their community. It creates a buzz in the community, as people want to know what cause they will read for this summer.”
If the community reaches this goal, the Friends of the Glen Ellyn Public Library and the Glen Ellyn Library Foundation have each pledged funds to purchase 2,000 books, which SCARCE will distribute during the DuPage County Back to School Fair in August. Members can register for Pre-reader, Youth, Middle School, High School, Adult, or new this year, the Independent Summer Reading program. This program makes GEPL’s Summer Reading program more accessible to members of the community best served by differentiated learning. The Independent category has no age restriction.
Exciting prizes are available, from passes to the Brookfield Zoo Amazing Arachnids exhibit, to coupons for The Bookstore of Glen Ellyn donated by the Glen Ellyn Rotary Club. Learn more about the Glen Ellyn Public Library’s Summer Reading programs by visiting GEPL Reads for SCARCE.
Throughout the summer, a variety of rain barrels will be on display at the library with information on where to purchase. And many library programs will focus on the concepts of Think Global, Act Local and Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Here’s what’s on tap for June:
Water Conservation Made Easy
Thursday, June 7 | 7-8:30 pm
Kay McKeen, founder and director of SCARCE, will teach simple and easy-to-implement tricks that will help with your consumption of water both indoors and outdoors, as well as save you money. Reserve your spot.
Monday, June 11 | 2-3 pm
Use recycled materials to create beautiful pieces of jewelry. For grades 3-5. Reserve your spot.
From Trash to Crafts
Thursday, June 21 | 3-4 pm
Recycle discarded household items into a bird feeder, piggy bank, or lantern. For grades 3-5. Reserve your spot.
N-41: Family Bingo Night
Thursday, June 28 | 7-8 pm
Bring the whole family to an environmentally-themed Bingo night. Make connections between everyday items and the natural resource used to make it. Reserve your spot.