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A Universe of Stories

A Universe of Stories

A Universe of Stories

The Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library, along with 16,000 libraries across the United States, will celebrate space exploration as part of the 2019 Summer Reading Club (SRC). PGTPL is excited about the theme A Universe of Stories, which was chosen by a nation-wide collaboration through the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) to help inspire children and people of all ages to dream big, believe in themselves, and create their own story.

This year, Summer Reading Club coincides with NASA’s 60 years of achievement and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing. The goal for the SRC is to encourage reading for all ages during the summer months. SRC begins on Tuesday, May 28, and runs through Saturday, July 13, with completion parties for children and teens on Saturday, July 20.

An Evening with an Astronaut

Speaking of outer space, we are excited to host Hoosier native, Purdue alum, and record-setting astronaut Jerry Ross at the library on Wednesday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m. Hear Colonel Ross, who is the first astronaut to have been to space seven times, speak about his experiences and answer questions about being a part of the Space Program. This event is for all ages. Copies of both of his books, Spacewalker and Becoming a Spacewalker, will be available for purchase and autographs. You won’t want to miss this exciting opportunity!

Summer Reading Club Kick-Off

Blast off on your reading journey at the SRC Kick-Off party on Tuesday, May 28, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Online pre-registration begins on Wednesday, May 1. There will be lots of fun activities, such as a bounce house, fire truck, Pacers Fan Van, moon walk, snacks, and even more activities that are out of this world!

Children’s Summer Reading

Children can sign up for the SRC online at
Stop by the Children’s Room desk anytime after Tuesday, May 28, to pick up a SRC reading log.
Children will receive a prize, coupon, and a raffle ticket for completing Level 1. Upon completion of Level 2, children will receive a free book and raffle ticket. Children who complete Level 3 will receive raffle tickets and a free t-shirt, while supplies last. Your t-shirt will be your admission ticket to our SRC Completion Party on Saturday, July 20!
For each summer library program or event attended, children will earn an additional raffle ticket to enter for a chance to win a prize. That’s right! The more programs you attend, the more chances you have to win!

Children’s Raffle Prizes

Harry Potter box set
Indianapolis Zoo family membership
Plainfield Fire Department fire truck ride to school
Space LEGO set
Fly Guy book package
Llama Llama prize package
And more!

Teen Summer Reading

Teens can sign up for the SRC online at
Stop by the Teen Central desk anytime between Tuesday, May 28, through Saturday, July 13, to pick up a SRC reading log.
For each completed reading log level, teens will receive free prizes, such as coupons, a free book, and raffle tickets to enter for a chance to win even bigger prizes!
For each summer library program or event attended, teens will earn an additional raffle ticket to enter for a chance to win a prize. That’s right! The more programs you attend, the more chances you have to win!
Once teens have completed their reading log, they will receive a stellar pair of sunglasses, along with an invitation to the completion party on Saturday, July 20, from 5 – 8 p.m.

Teen Raffle Prizes

Harry Potter box set
Video game system
Gift cards
Space LEGO set
Board game bundle
And more!

Adult Summer Reading

Adults can sign up for the SRC online at
For each book read, adults may enter for a chance to win one of the raffle prizes.
For each summer library program or event attended, adults will receive an additional raffle ticket.

Adult Raffle Prizes

Family membership to Richard A. Carlucci Recreation & Aquatic Center
Copies of Jerry Ross’ books
Game board package
Beer bundle
Star Wars package
Space entertainment
And more!

Summer Reading Club FAQs

What counts as a book? Physical books, audiobooks, eBooks, magazines, etc.

When do you draw the raffle prize winners? Saturday, July 20. Winners will be contacted by phone..

When can I register for SRC? Registration begins on Tuesday May 1, and you can begin tracking your reading on Tuesday, May 28.

Do I have to read library books? You are welcome to read any books you like from anywhere!

As an adult, do the books I read to my children count for the adult SRC raffle? Yes, reading with your child is encouraged!

Do books read aloud to children count? Yes, they count for both you and the child.

I read books to my kids. Can I count the same book more than once? Yes, books read to children count each time, even if you have already read it.

Do books read aloud at storytimes, daycares, grandparent’s homes, etc. count? Yes! We offer lots of wonderful storytimes at the library for all ages. Stories and books ready their count, too!

Can I buy a shirt? No, but adults can enter a raffle for a chance to win a SRC shirt. Children Birth through 5th Grade will recieve a shirt as a completion prize on a first-come-first-served basis.

What is the last day to read for SRC? Saturday, July 13.

What day is the completion parties for children and teens? Saturday, July 20.

Do I need to have a PGTPL library card to participate in SRC? No. Everyone is welcome!

What counts as reading for babies? Parents, siblings, teachers, or other caregivers can read to your young child.

My baby spends a lot of time looking at books. Does that count as reading? Your baby “reading” and looking at books counts as reading time.

SRC Prize Patrol

Attend the Summer Reading Club Kick-Off on Tuesday, May 28, at 5:30-7:30 p.m. and pick up your SRC Prize Patrol yard sign. The first 100 households to visit the Prize Patrol Station at the SRC Kick-Off will receive their very own sign to proudly display! Throughout the summer, we will be selecting random winners in true prize patrol fashion. Library staff could be on your doorstep this summer with a special prize package just for you! We have a limited amount of signs, so be sure to stop by the Prize Patrol Station before supplies run out.

SRC Completion Party

To celebrate the end of Summer Reading, children and teens will have separate completion parties on Saturday, July 20. The Children’s Completion Party will feature a special visit from Mr. Molecule at 3 p.m. The Teen Central Completion Party will be after library hours at 5 p.m. No tickets are required. Children are welcome to wear their completion prize SRC t-shirt to the party.

Thanks for your ongoing participation in the Summer Reading Club, and we hope you enjoy all the fun events and programs lined up this summer!  If you have any questions, please contact the library at 317-839-6602 or

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