BERWYN – From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 9, the Berwyn Public Library transformed its auxiliary parking lot into a theater, carnival and restaurant for the library’s Summer Reading Kickoff event, featuring several city officials, police officers, firefighters and entertainers.
The library has reimagined its annual Summer Reading Challenge with the theme “One Berwyn, Many Characters.” The newly revamped challenge encourages people of all ages not only to read, but also to engage with their community, according to a library news release.
“When we took on the challenge of re-designing summer reading, we knew we wanted to put more of an emphasis on our vibrant community,” interim library Director Tammy Sheedy said in the release.
Local businesses and city officials sponsored the event, and the library has worked with the park districts and other Berwyn landmarks to create a citywide scavenger hunt for all ages during June and July, the release stated.
The library plans for the emphasis on community to keep participants more engaged than ever during the program, while still maintaining a focus on reading and literacy, according to the release.
The summer reading program runs through July 28.