New online summer reading program arrives at the St. Charles Parish library

Everyone is invited to read for the fun of it with the St. Charles Parish Library this summer.

Children, tweens, teens and adults are eligible to win prizes by participating in the library’s superhero-themed summer reading program, June 1—July 31.

Additionally, the library’s summer calendar is filled with more than 200 events for all ages.

New to the summer reading program is Wandoo Reader, an online system that tracks reading progress. Participants can sign up for an account at or contact staff at any library location for assistance.

Children, tweens and teens will gain “power up” credits in their accounts to create virtual superheroes while completing reading challenges to earn prizes.

Links to the event calendar can also be found at

“Our summer reading program gives everyone the opportunity and incentive to stay connected to reading and the library over the summer in a way that’s fun and rewarding,” said Leann Benedict, director of the St. Charles Parish Library.

“The new online component has the added benefit of allowing participants to record their own information in a way that works with their schedules.”

Program participation encourages students to read and maintain reading skills during the summer.

“Visiting the library during the summer helps students learn to read for fun and personal enrichment, not just for school,” said Teen Services Librarian Amy Boling.

“Children and teens who read on their own time have improved vocabularies, grades and knowledge about the world. Also, attending events and activities at the library keeps them engaged with the community and broadens their awareness of the world around them.”

Children who join the “Every Hero Has A Story” Summer Reading Program will keep track of how many minutes they read.

Completion certificates and library back sacks will be available as a reward to participants who complete the program.

Tweens and teens (ages 8 – 17) will also keep track of how many minutes they read in the “Unmask” Summer Reading Club. Themed back sacks will be available as a reward to those who complete the program. For more information,  visit

Adults will keep track of the number of books they read in the “Escape the Ordinary” Summer Reading Program. Everyone who reads six books will receive a limited-edition St. Charles Parish Library Book Bag.

All St. Charles Parish Library events are free and open to the public. Registration in the Summer Reading Program is not necessary to attend events.

More information, including a calendar of summer events, can be found at, and a summer event guide will be available at all St. Charles Parish Library locations in the coming weeks.

For more information call Lauren Pitz at 985-764-2366 or email

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