There is a program aimed at improving reading, and Bingo is its game -- go.
The beloved game's a new twist in the Linton Public Library's annual summer reading program, a series of sessions aimed at increasing literacy for everyone from preschoolers to adults.
Those who sign up receive "bingo cards" and, upon finishing a row of books on the cards, can earn the chance to either win a small prize or a chance at a raffle for larger prizes, said children's librarian Phyllis Franklin.
She expects around 200 children will sign up for the program this year, a significant increase from the 150 participants last summer.
"We always want to see an increase in participation," she said.
Along the way, participants earn the chance to win some impressive prizes -- everything from copies of "The Hunger Game" series along with the new movie's soundtrack CD to Barbie dolls, superhero toys, jewelry, and even tickets and passes for summer fun.
Among the potential destinations: the Indiana State Fair, Medsker Parks Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Evansville, Indianapolis Indians, Ice and Fever games, the Children's Museums at Indianapolis and Terre Haute, and passes to the Big Splash Adventure.
Preschoolers start the fun with "Dream Big! Read" sessions held every Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
During those, the following programs are planned:
* Thursday, May 31 events kicked off with "Day and Night."
* June 7 -- "Awake."
* June 14 -- "Owl Time."
* June 21 -- "Monsters!"
* June 28 -- "Patriotic Fun."
* July 5 -- "Stars! Stars! Stars!"
* July 12 -- "Beach Day."
* July 19 -- "Under the Sea."
The library will also host an hourlong Music and Movement for Toddlers session at 10:30 a.m. every Monday from June 4 to July 16. These events will include stories, sing-alongs, dancing and play for toddlers and their parents.
For kindergarteners through 5th graders, this summer's theme is "Dream Big -- Read!"
A stuffed animal sleepover will also be held Thursday, June 14, reprising a popular event first held last spring, where schoolchildren left their playthings overnight in the library, receiving a photo book about their toys' adventures during the sleepover the next day.
This summer, however, teens who are involved in the young adult reading program will assist with the sleepover fun, hosting and taking the photos of the toys at "play" in the library after hours. Pizza will also be provided.
Sign-ups for the grade school effort began Tuesday, with the program held every Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Registration's required for every session, with weekly themes intended to keep the sessions fun and fascinating for the schoolchildren.
* June 5 and 7 -- Creatures of the Night.
* June 12 and 14 -- Dreams and Wishes.
* June 19 and 21 -- Monster Mash.
* June 26 and 28 -- Broad Stripes and Bright Stars.
* July 3 and 5 -- Robots, Aliens and UFOs.
* July 10 and 12 -- Into Space.
* July 17 and 19 -- Under the Deep Dark Sea.
For teens, "Own the Night," conducted by young adult librarian Angie Stuckey, gives them a chance to enjoy a variety of crafts and books.
Their programs will be held every Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Events planned are as follows:
* June 6 -- "Blackout" will provide a new look at poetry.
* June 13 -- Monster Runway offers a ghoulish twist on popular shows like "Project: Runway" and "America's Top Model."
* June 20 -- "Dreams" will allow participants to keep a dream journal and learn how those may be interpreted.
* June 27 -- "You" includes rock painting and a celebration of oneself.
* July 11 -- "Glow" includes glow-in-the-dark games and crafts.
* July 18 -- "Relax," presents a homemade spa day.
Adults also will have a chance to participate. Circulation Manager Sarah Busenberg emphasized the library wants to overcome the perception the programming's just for children.
"We always have a decent amount of adults, but at the same time, some adults always think it's just for kids," she said. Busenberg, however, aimed to counter that, donating sets of the Paparazzi jewelry she sells which are suitable for children and adults as part of the prize packages.
Adult sessions, slated for Tuesday and Thursday evenings, are as follows:
* Tuesday, June 5 -- Bring your favorite recipes and swap them from 4 to 6 p.m.
* Tuesday, June 12 -- Scheduled for 5:30 p.m. will be a movie night.
* Tuesday June 19 -- Events will feature a clay potted plant starter craft kit workshop from 4 to 6 p.m., with an enrollment fee of $3.
* Thursday, June 28 -- A craft seminar developing wind chimes will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a fee of $3.
* Tuesday, July 3 -- A movie night will be held at 5:30 p.m.
* Thursday, July 12 -- Participants can participate in a scrapbooking seminar where they recycle old books. They must, however, bring their own scrapbooking materials, including glue, paper and stickers.
Further, participants must sign up in advance for each crafter's session seperately, to ensure an adequate amount of supplies are furnished.