Summer Reading 2019

A Universe of Stories awaits Indian River! Our reading program is open to all whether you have a library card or not, whether you are 1 year old or 100 years old and whether you can come to 1 event or all 32. This page is your complete guide to all things Summer Reading. You can find book logs, schedules, program rule and more. If you ever have any questions about the Summer Reading Program you can always stop in and ask, give us a call at (231) 238-8581 or email us at

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This program is a lot of work and we need your help to make it happen.

There are two ways you can help you can volunteer at an event or make a material or financial donation to the library. You can learn more about supporting this program below.


The library is looking for all sorts of donations to make our program the best program possible. We are looking for items you might be otherwise throwing away like paper towel tubes, snacks, and goodies for events, crafts supplies and of course money. You can see a list of what we are looking for on our wish tree page. If you are looking to make a larger donation ( value of $100 or more) consider being a sponsor. You can view our Summer Reading Sponsorship Guide here.


Volunteering is a great and fun way to support the summer reading program. We need all sorts of volunteers to make this program run smoothly. If you are interested in volunteering we do ask that you fill out the form below. If you would like a paper version of the form please stop into the library and pick one up. Below the form, you will find full descriptions of volunteer positions for your reference.

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You can see a full description of each task below this form.

Volunteer Position Descriptions

Story time leader: These leaders run a story time for children. We do not limit the ages of the children but typically they are between 1 and 5 years old. A typical story time runs for 30-45 minutes and includes stories, songs, and a craft. Anyone interested in being a story time leader will be asked to attend a group training on June 7th from 10:30 am-12:00 pm. Arrangements can be made if you are unable to attend but would still like to lead a story time. Story time is always on Friday at 11:00 am. Story time leaders are expected to arrive by 10:30 am to set up before story time.

Story time helper: Little ones can have a hard time focus on stories. This is where story time helpers come in. Story time helpers redirect children and ensure no one goes wandering off. Parents will still be around but story time helpers make it possible for parents to browse for books a bit while story time is going on. They also help make sure the craft runs smoothly. Story time is always on Friday at 11:00 am. Story time helpers are expected to arrive by 10:30 am to help set up and go over the craft with the story time leader.

Kids event helper: This role can vary a lot depending on the event. Due to the variable nature of this role we ask that helpers show up a half an hour before the event is scheduled to begin so the event leader can take them through what they will be helping with. Currently, the kid’s events we have planned are an interactive class on constellations, an interactive class of the sun, an alien costume making party and a rocket ship building challenge. These events may change. If you are flexible are great with kids this is the perfect role for you.

Teen event helper: The fun doesn’t stop when you become a teen. While teens may not need as much hands-on assistance, we still need helpers to help make sure the events run smoothly. These helpers will also likely be helping some younger siblings who tag along to teen events. We do ask that volunteers show up a half an hour before the event is scheduled to begin to go over the activity. Currently, the teen events we have planned are Star Wars movie marathons, galaxy slime making and an introduction to astrology. These events may change.

Adult event helper: These helpers are focused on mainly set up and clean up. They will also greet event attendees. Currently, our Adult events are a book club and an undetermined speaker. We ask that volunteers arrive a half an hour before the event to help with set up.

Summer school reading buddy: If you love working with kids or have experience in literacy this is a great position for you. Buddies help struggling readers to find books at their reading level and read them out loud. The same children will be coming each week so we prefer that volunteers are able to volunteer throughout the program. Exact dates have not been set yet but it will be on Thursday mornings in late July through August. This position can be extremely rewarding as you help a child reach their reading goals.

Party helper: There are three parties as part of the Summer Reading Program.  The Kick-Off is June 15th from 11:00-3:30 pm. The Wrap-Up is August 3rd from 11:00 to 1:00 pm. Party helpers will be responsible for running a craft or activity. We ask that all Party helpers arrive an hour before the party starts to be trained on the activity they will be running. These parties are open to all ages but tend to be mostly attended by children.

Book Bingo helper: Book bingo is held on June 22nd and July 27th at 11:30 am. Volunteers will help to set up the room for book bingo, help players pick out books and clean up the room afterward. If volunteers are interested they can also call out Bingo numbers. The books will already be in the room for volunteers to set up so there is minimal lifting involved. We ask that book bingo helpers arrive by 11:00 am in order to set up.

Circulation helper: With all these events going on staff also needs help with typical library daily tasks. Circulation helpers will be working on putting books back on the shelf and going through the shelves making sure the books are in order. These tasks are essential in ensuring that the library runs smoothly while the summer reading program is going on. Circulation helpers can volunteer any time the library is open. Before their first shift circulation helpers will receive training on library organization.