Olympics program kicks off

Sports and reading lovers will both find what they love in Greenwood Public Library’s summer reading program.

Reading Olympics, the summer reading program at the library, started May 16.

The program is open to all ages, and what people choose to read, from books to magazines, can be from anywhere and doesn’t have to be checked out from the library, said Linda Messick, head of children’s services.

“We want you to read,” she said.

Part of the goal of a summer reading program is to get students to continue to learn and to maintain what they learned over the school year, she said.

“It’s a good way to put a stop gap to that,” she said.

This year’s program theme was designed around the summer Olympics. Visitors to the library can travel the world with the international-themed programs, making art designs from India and studying dragons in Chinese culture or fresco painting from Italy.

“It seems like an easy way to hang programs,” she said. “It’s a doorway to say, ‘If you want more information …’”

And if programming doesn’t draw you in, the prizes might.

Adults and students can win a tablet reader.

Student readers also can win a raffle ticket for a chance to win an American Girl doll or Lego set. Gift cards to Barnes & Noble and Build-A-Bear Workshop also are up for grabs.

Adults can read their way to a gift certificate to an Indiana State Park or a basket of goodies.

If you go


Go to www.greenwoodlibrary.us and click on the “Summer Reading” link. Under “registration,”  choose “children” or “adult/teen” and follow the directions.

Registration can also be done in person at the library, 310 S. Meridian St., Greenwood


Magen Kritsch is an editorial assistant at the Daily Journal. She can be reached at mkritsch@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2770.