Build a better world: Summer reading program kicks off

Staff reports

HANCOCK COUNTY — The Hancock County Public Library invites residents to “Build a Better World” this summer.

The annual summer reading club kicks off 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Hancock County Public Library, 900 W. McKenzie Road., Greenfield.

Between 4 and 7 p.m., Home Depot will be onsite with crafts for kids to build and take home. The Greenfield Fire Department will park a fire engine out front for kids to tour, and then they can visit the Greenfield Police Department’s DARE vehicle, which will be parked nearby.

The Wild Boar BBQ food truck will make a presence for families who want to grab a bite to eat.

Inside the library, kids are invited to read to service dogs from Bentley’s Buddies and Friends and leave with a free frozen treat. It’s an opportunity to sign up for the reading club using library computers and check out a stack of books. When children read for 20 minutes and log their time online, they’ll receive incentives as time accumulates, including entries in grand prize drawings.

On the same day at the Sugar Creek Branch in New Palestine, from 1 to 3 p.m., kids can also build a Home Depot craft, tour the Sugar Creek Township Fire Department’s fire truck, play over-sized games and enjoy a frozen treat.

Hancock County residents of all ages may join the summer reading club from home at Teens and adults have their own clubs, earning an entry in prize drawings for each book they read and log online.

Sign-up for free children’s events opens May 31. Sign-up for teen and adult events is open now. To see the line-up, pick up a guide or click the events calendar at

How to sign up

The Hancock County Public Library summer reading program begins May 31.

Kids may sign up here:

Teens may sign up here:

Adult sign-up is here: