Join us between June 1 and August 1 to make reading a lifelong habit and to help support our local small businesses. This year our program looks a little different, we’re tracking our reading progress on paper logs (included in our newsletter The Source mailed to your home, and available to download here). We hope this change makes it easier for all to participate. Don’t miss out, we have a fun summer of weekly challenges planned, and the opportunity to win great prizes.

Your goal this summer is to read during 40 of the 60 days between June 1 and August 1. Make reading a part of your daily habits! We suggest 20 minutes a day of reading, but ultimately it is up to you how much you would like to read. Any reading – books, graphic novels/comic books, magazines, audiobooks, eBooks/eAudiobooks – counts towards your goal.

All finishers will receive an electronic gift card for The Book Stall, as well as entry into one of our grand prize drawings for a gift card to support a local Winnetka-Northfield business.

Youth Weekly Challenges

#1: Read one of our Recommended Summer Reads and let us know what you think!
#2: Build a cardboard or blanket fort and spend some time in it reading.
#3: Listen to an audiobook on Libby, Cloudlibrary, or Hoopla.
#4: Read a story about stars, planets, or outer space. Then, go outside and explore the night sky!
#5: Read aloud to your pet(s), toys, or a loved one.
#6: Reread a book you loved when you were younger. Do you still feel the same?
#7: Read a story about food and let it inspire your lunch or dinner.

Teen/Adult Weekly Challenges

#1: Read one of our Recommended Summer Reads and let us know what you think!
#2: Attend a virtual library program.
#3: Use StrictlyDigital to get personalized reading recommendations.
#4: Check out a magazine using RB Digital.
#5: Take a class or watch a tutorial on Creativebug.
#6: Read a graphic novel on Hoopla.
#7: Watch a movie, tv show or documentary on Kanopy.

If you have questions, check our FAQ, or send an email to Amanda Garrity, Head of Youth Services, at and she will be happy to answer your question.