Summer Reading Program
June 8 – August 1

Summer reading is a great way to encourage reading as a lifelong habit, keep skills sharp, and encourage interest in books, new ideas and learning. We have fun programs (and great prizes) happening throughout the summer for every age! Everyone receives a gift for signing up, and you’ll earn cool digital badges as you progress toward your goal. Can you collect them all?

 

KIDS

The Challenge: Set your own personal reading goal. We suggest 12 hours, but the sky’s the limit! Magazines, Books, eBooks, eAudiobooks, graphic novels, and newspapers all go toward the goal.
 
Sign up: Sign up beginning Friday, June 8 and receive a custom book bag!
 
Weekly Prizes: Each week, two winners will be chosen at random to win a “book swag bundle” from The Book Stall. If you’ve logged at least 1 hour of reading, you could be the lucky winner!
 
Halfway to the Goal: Beginning Monday, June 18, stop in to the Library after you’ve read at least 9 hours and make a personalized button on our buttonmaker to celebrate your achievement!
 
The Finish: Come to the Library to pick up your free book and coupons for Legoland, McDonald’s, and JumpZone! Kids will be automatically entered in a Grand Prize Drawing for an awesome toy basket (donated by Village Toy Shop in Winnetka and the Children’s Gift Shop in Northfield). Tweens and teens have a chance to win a movie prize basket with tickets and treats.
 
Ping Pong Drop: For every hour read, drop a ping pong ball into our Adventure Box and watch it fill as everyone reads over the summer!
 
Bonus School Challenge! If your school has the highest percentage of summer reading finishers, you’ll receive a special Trophy for your school. Can you beat last year’s defending champions Avoca West?

ADULTS

The Challenge: Read for 18 hours this summer. That’s just 20 minutes a day! Magazines, books, eBooks, eAudiobooks, graphic novels, and newspapers all count toward the goal.
 
Sign up: Sign up beginning Friday, June 8 and receive a custom book bag!
 
Weekly Prizes: Each week, two winners will be chosen at random to win a “You Are Here: Chicago” collectible mug from Starbucks. If you’ve logged at least 1 hour of reading, you could be the lucky winner!
 
The Finish: You’ll be automatically entered into a Grand Prize Drawing from a gift card from one of our sponsors: Avli Restaurant, Bake425° Pizza, Buffalo Wild Wings, Fred’s Garage, The Happ Inn Bar and Grille, Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, Medieval Times, Stormy’s Tavern and Grille, and Taco Nano.

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