Reading Programs

Porter County Public Library Summer Reading Programs
Join Our Reading Programs

The Porter County Public Library System is committed to getting patrons hooked on books at an early age! Our Reading Programs are designed to encourage and foster a love of books. We make reading fun by offering great programs like our Summer Reading Program and 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. If you’d like to join one of the programs, visit your PCPLS library branch and the staff will be more than happy to help get you started!

PCPLS Reading Programs
Book Discussion Groups at your PCPLS Branch

Love Reading? Want to talk about it? Join a book discussion group at one of our locations.

Porter County Public Library Summer Reading Programs
PCPLS Summer Reading Program

Our Summer Reading Program is designed with every patron in mind. Grab a bingo card from your library and get ready to start reading!

Porter County Public Library System Early Literacy Program
Story Time At Your PCPLS Branch

Story Time at PCPLS is an interactive time for babies and toddlers. They’ll sing, play with instruments, and interact with others. Join us for an upcoming story time!

Reading Program FAQ

How do I sign up for the Summer Reading Program?

Patrons can sign up at their local branch in person or using the links below.






When does the Summer Reading Program start?

Registration for our summer reading program usually begins in May, and summer reading is active during June and July. Patrons must register before the end of June in order to participate.

When and where can I participate in story time?

Bring your children to the library for storytime! All our branches have programming designed for early literacy. We even have programming for babies! Check out our calendar to see upcoming story times. If you’d like to find out more details about your branch’s specific programming, contact us

How can the early literacy program help my child to develop?

ecrrOur library follows the practices of Every Child Ready to Read to encourage early literacy among children.

  • Talking: Talking with children helps them learn oral language, one of the most critical early literacy skills. The experience of self-expression also stimulates brain development, which underlies all learning.
  • Singing: Singing – which also includes rhyming – increases children’s awareness of and sensitivity to the sounds in words.  This helps prepare children to decode print (written language).
  • Reading: Reading together, or shared reading, remains the single most effective way to help children become proficient readers.
  • Writing: Writing and reading go together.  Writing helps children learn that letters and words stand for sounds and that print has meaning.
  • Playing: Play is one of the primary ways young children learn about the world.  General knowledge is an important literacy skill that helps children understand books and stories once they begin to read.

All five PCPLS branch libraries/locations host interactive story times for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.  They will sing, play, hear stories, and participate in activities that encourage reading readiness and developmental skills. 

Check out our calendar to see upcoming story times. If you’d like to find out more details about your branch’s specific programming, contact us

Have Questions About Our Reading Programs?

Let the PCPLS staff know!