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Read To Succeed

EPD In Our Community

June 26, 2024

The Evansville Police Department has partnered with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library and Barnes & Noble for its first ever Summer Reading Series led by Special Projects Coordinator Taylor Merriss. Officer Merriss says she “understands the benefits that reading can bring to children; most importantly cognitive, emotional and language development which all aid in achieving academic success.” In an age where most things are digital, having face-to-face interactions, including reading, helps build relationships and create social connections. 

Officer Merriss hasn’t always been an avid reader, having come into it later in life, but since she began her reading journey, she has discovered it helps to foster emotional intelligence, empathy, cultural awareness, and critical thinking. She is excited to share her passion for reading with those attending the EVSC Summer Schools and anyone, within the age recommendations, who wishes to attend the reading series at the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Libraries and Barnes & Noble.

Below is information with locations, times, and age recommendations. The first reading session begins on Thursday May 30th at Barnes & Noble at 5:00 p.m. for three- to 6-year-olds and at 6:00 p.m. for 7- to 10-year-olds.

EVSC (Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation)

Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library

Barnes & Noble