Freeport Library offers summer adventures

Library’s summer events include ‘Voyage to Book Island,’ ‘Tween Night,’ trip to Chicago, pool party

Life’s just one big adventure. Whether you are old or young, when you are looking for adventure on a budget, there’s nothing like a good book and some imagination to get you anywhere you want to go. And what’s really great is your adventure can travel with you!

So, this summer, go west and experience the variety and adventure of the Freeport Public Library’s “Voyage to Book Island” reading program.

While enjoying yourself reading, you can earn Summer Reading Library Dollars ($1 for every 30 minutes spent reading) and purchase something from the Summer Reading Library Store—how cool is that? You get paid to read, and local businesses donate the merchandise.

The Freeport Library Foundation will also start all readers with a free paperback when they sign up. (You don’t have to pre-register to have perfect attendance, either.)

Tuesday, June 6, the voyage kicks off with a picnic of hot dogs, chips and punch from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by an exciting presentation by artist Kevin Luthart of his books, art and life from 6 to 7 p.m.

Every first Tuesday, beginning June 6 at 6:30 p.m., young adults (grades 5 through 8) are encouraged to meet and eat over games, pizza and pop at Freeport Public Library’s “Tween Night.”

Also on Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m., chess players of all skill levels are invited; then, if you want, compete Tuesday, July 25, beginning at 4 p.m. and ending when the chess master is crowned. Prizes will be awarded at all levels.

And, if you like to play Yu-Gi-Oh and/or Pokemon with friends—you can play Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and/or stay or participate in the Graphic Novel Club at 3 p.m., starting June 7.

Beginning June 8 and ending July 27, Thursdays and Tuesdays at 2 p.m., make tracks to Freeport to join in activities such as authorized graffiti with chalk on the library’s sidewalks, sand art, a mock “Survivor,” the annual pet show, fish mobile crafts, a library luau and a summer auction.

Also Tuesdays at 2 p.m., movies will be shown and refreshments served in the library meeting room from June 6 to 27 and July 11 to 25; you can check out the list of showings beginning June 1 and visit for information about other library adventures.

Summer treasure hunts are planned from June 24 through July 22 where one treasure chest will be hidden weekly in an accessible public area in Freeport; the first person to find the chest and bring it to the library gets to keep the treasure.

For those who like Chicago but don’t like to drive, for $25 the library will get you to “Points East” (Lincoln Park Zoo, Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Art Institute and Navy Pier) in Chicago Saturday, July 15; the bus leaves at 7:30 a.m. and will return around 6 p.m. Admission costs are not included.

A refreshing end to an exciting adventure can be had by attending the pool party Sunday, Aug. 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

So plan a voyage to Freeport; after all, there is civilization west of Rockford.

From the May 31-June 6, 2006

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