VILLA PARK – Last week, the Villa Park Public Library launched the beginning of its youth and adult summer reading programs. Prizes and incentives are being offered for people who spend part of their summer reading.
This year’s children summer reading program is themed “Have Book, Will Travel” and is designed to keep children reading during summer vacation by offering an incentive program that rewards them with prizes as they meet their reading goals.
Adults who participate in the library’s summer reading program have the chance to win prizes by reading or participating in a book discussion or another Adult Services program.
Both programs will run through Aug. 3.
Also happening at the library this summer is the “Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys Book Discussion” series, which began earlier this month. Throughout the summer, special book discussions and film viewings highlighting the Muslim culture will be presented at the library.
Recently, the library received the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, which includes 25 books and three films, through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. These materials will be used in the summer programming.
The next book discussion will be on the novel “In the Country of Men” by Hisham Matar at 7 p.m. June 12. A full schedule of the Muslim Journeys Book Discussion series is available on the library’s website, vppl.org.
Residents also can mark their calendars for a presentation of live Egyptian fruit bats and African straw-colored fruit bats at 11 a.m. June 17. Visitors can see the bats and learn about the benefits they offer.
The Villa Park Public Library is located at 305 S. Ardmore Ave. in Villa Park. For more information, call 630-834-1164.