The library’s summer reading program, titled “A Universe of Stories,” kicked off last weekend with a rocket ship bounce house, glow in the dark dance party and of course, books.

Since the first day to register on Saturday, June 1, the program has garnered 1,700 kids to sign up, Julie Harrison, assistant director and head of youth services, told the Press. She said 200 of those registrants are teens. Harrison said that’s over halfway to how many summer readers signed up last year, that number being around 3,000.

This year’s outer space themed program, a theme decided by the Dane County Library Service, is funded by the Friends of the Verona Public Library and will go until Saturday, Aug. 31. Participants can sign up at the library, 500 Silent St., or do so at

Age groups include children 0-11, teens 12-17 and adults 18 and up. All groups will be able to keep track of the books they read over the summer, and earn coupons and prizes along the way.

There are many free events this summer for each age group as well. Kids can attend storytimes, book clubs, do crafts and see performances related to the theme of the summer reading program.

Teens can attend escape rooms, participate in crafting sessions and play muggle quidditch throughout the summer.

Adults can submit an entry for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from an area business, with two prizes each week. Drawings for the certificates will be held each week after closing on Saturdays.

For more information, call 845-7180.

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