Meet John Doe: Sign up for ‘Paws to Read’ summer reading programs at local libraries

Paul Gorski
Paul Gorski

By Paul Gorski

Enroll your children in a “Paws to Read,” or similar, summer reading program at your local library.

Your local library has a variety of programs that encourage you and your family to take time out and “pause” for quality reading time. The Cherry Valley, South Beloit, Talcott, Winnebago, Rockford and North Suburban Library districts offer summer programs for children and adults. Registration may be required, so contact your local library for details.

Some of these reading programs have already started, but there is still time to enroll your children in most of these programs. Winnebago Public Library’s summer program started May 31; registration for the Cherry Valley Library District’s Paws to Read program is open now, with programs beginning June 12. Programs and/or registration for summer reading activities start this week for the Talcott, South Beloit and North Suburban Library districts.

These reading programs vary from library to library. The Cherry Valley Library offers a variety of age-specific programs, giveaways and contests all summer long to encourage reading and program completion. Children finishing their reading “contract” will receive a ticket to a party at the Summerfield Farm and Zoo July 31. Contact the Cherry Valley Library at (815) 332-5161, or visit for more information.

The South Beloit Public Library (SBL) offers weekly prizes to program participants, and if you read 10 books during the summer, you will be awarded a certificate and a free book. The SBL summer reading program wraps up with a bowling party in August. Contact the South Beloit Public Library at (815) 389-2495 for details.

From the Rockford Public Library website ( “Rockford Public Library will kick off its 2014 Summer Reading Club ‘PAWS FOR READING’ with a party on Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Waterworks Parking Lot C, located on the corner of Jefferson & Wyman streets. The club is open to all ages. At the kick-off party, kids and their families will enjoy a variety of activities, including a bouncy tent, a rock-climbing wall and a challenging obstacle course. The first 1,000 kids to sign up for the Summer Reading Club at the kick-off party will get a free T-shirt!”

Summer reading programs help children maintain their reading skills, encourage reading as a lifelong habit, and generate interest in books that your child may not otherwise have read. Program activities, prizes and events also serve as ways to encourage reluctant readers to participate and develop a genuine interest in reading. Sign up for a summer reading program today.

I would also like to recognize and congratulate the Talcott Free Public Library in Rockton on its upcoming 125th anniversary. The Talcott Free Library building was dedicated Aug. 22, 1889, and has been expanded since then to meet the needs of the community. Early happy birthday, Talcott!

Paul Gorski ( is a Cherry Valley Township resident who also authors the Tech-Friendly column seen in this newspaper.

From the June 4-10, 2014, issue

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