Let’s get our community reading and make reading a lifelong habit! Adults, teens, kids of all ages…everyone is welcome to join our Summer Reading Program. It’s simple to participate, all you have to do is read for at least 20 minutes a day for 40 or more days between June 1 and August 1.
Track your progress on our reading logs (available to download below and in our libraries). Bring them into the library when you finish or send us an email at email@example.com with a picture of your log.
To celebrate finishing your challenge you will receive a finishing prize, as well as the chance to choose your entry into one of our grand prize drawings.
All finishers will receive a gift card for $10 to use at The Book Stall, as well as entry into one of our grand prize drawings below.
Make & Play
- KiwiCo Gift Card ($110 value) – Seriously fun and enriching science and art projects, delivered to your home. Choose your selection at kiwico.com.
- Outdoor Science Lab – Kids explore botany, geology, entomology, chemistry, physics, and hydrology with the specialized tools and activity book of this educational kit.
- LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox Robot Building Set – Who doesn’t love robots? Introduce kids to the creative world of coding with the best educational STEM toys to foster curiosities. Building, learning, and programming robots has never been more fun!
- Snap Circuits Pro – An award-winning electronics exploration kit with over 500 projects, no tools necessary – it’s a snap!
- Makey Makey – No matter if your child is a budding engineer, computer wiz, or amateur inventor, this invention kit will bring out their creativity in unique and fun ways. If you can imagine it, you can make it! The possibilities for experiments and creations are limitless.
- US Art Supply Deluxe Art Set – Let reading color your world with this deluxe kit of art supplies.
- Magna-Tiles 100-Piece Clear Colors Set – The original 3D magnetic building sets that engage young minds by fusing together math, science and creativity. Sparks hours of imaginative free play in children. Anything they dream, they can create!
- Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit for iPad – Award-winning learning games let your child interact with tangible educational toys and an iPad, bringing their actions to life. A hands-on learning adventure awaits your little genius.
- Crayola Inspiration Art Case Coloring Set – Tools to fuel your imagination. With a place for everything, this crayon and marker organizer helps keep art supplies together and ready for inspiration.
- Melissa & Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards – Classic Toy With 120 Solid Wood Shapes and 5 Double-Sided Panels. It’s great for spatial awareness, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, and problem-solving.
- Apple AirPods – AirPods deliver the wireless headphone experience, reimagined. Just pull them out of the charging case and they’re ready to use.
- Apple Gift Card ($100 value)
- Nintendo Switch – The gaming system that lets you play the games you want, wherever you are, however you like.
Fun in the Sun
- SpikeBrite + Standard Spikeball Kit – Spikeball with no limits! Your ability to play is no longer determined by the movement of the sun.
- JBL FLIP 4 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker – Wirelessly connect up to 2 smartphones or tablets to the speaker and take turns playing impressive stereo sound. Supports 12-hours of playtime, ready for your beach day and night!
- Taco Nano Gift Card ($50 value)
- Oversize Mesh Beach Tote – Carry everything you need and leave the sand at the beach.
- Beach Towels – 4 Large microfiber beach towels. Soft, quick dry, lightweight, and plush. You’ll always have one ready on a moment’s notice!
- Ravinia Gift Card ($100 value) – The Ravinia Festival is the oldest outdoor music festival in Highland Park, with a series of outdoor concerts and performances held every summer from June to September.
- Good Grapes Gift Card ($50 value)
- Crate & Barrel Table In A Bag – The classic table in a bag unfolds to a low profile for beach blanket bingo or casual dining at outdoor concerts or picnics.
- Corkcicle Stemless Insulated Wine Glasses (2) – Perfect for picnics or warm-weather outings, this triple-insulated glass keeps white wine or other chilled beverages cold for up to nine hours. You can also fill it with hot liquids that will stay warm for up to three hours.
- Picnic Blanket – Extra large waterproof picnic blanket, perfect for sand or lawn.
- Outdoor Video Projector & Screen – Portable LCD Projector [100″ Projector Screen Included] Full HD 1080P Supported.
- Grateful Bites Gift Card ($50 value)
- Outdoor Waterproof Blanket – Plush fleece has insulation that provides the comfort of a warm indoor blanket.
- Roku Streaming Stick+ – Brilliant picture quality: Experience your favorite shows with stunning detail and clarity—whether you’re streaming in HD, 4K, or HDR, you’ll enjoy picture quality that’s optimized for your TV with sharp resolution and vivid color.
- Urban Accents Movie Night Popcorn Set – Popcorn kernel and seasoning set by a Chicago-based specialty food company that only uses the best popcorn kernels – Non-GMO Project Verified and grown in the Midwest USA. Light, crunchy, and delightfully tasty!
- Popcorn Bowls – Pretend like you are in the theater with these whimsical and reusable popcorn bowls.
- Popcorn Popper – Hot air popcorn popper.
Grilling & Chilling
- Backyard BBQ Gift Card ($100 value)
- Grilling Utensils – This stainless-steel tool set will answer all of your grilling needs. The set includes a 4-in-1 spatula, fork, tongs, knife and basting brush.
- ThermoPro Wireless Remote Digital Thermometer – Hands free monitor: Wireless digital meat thermometer with dual probe monitors food or oven/grill/smoker temperature up to 300 feet away, enabling you to enjoy your company without continuously excusing yourself
- YETI Rambler – Double-wall vacuum insulation will keep your hot drinks hot, and your cold drinks cold longer than standard drinkware.
- Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling by Meathead Goldwyn
- Franklin Barbecue: A Meat Smoking Manifesto by Aaron Franklin