Summer Reading

How it works

Pick up your Summer Reading log in the Children's Department beginning June 1.

  • Keep track of the time that you read and the activities that you complete.
  • Once you have completed the reading and/or activity challenges, bring your log back to the Children's Desk to collect your prizes.
  • Finishing prizes will be available from June 17 through July 31.

Summer Activity Challenges

More information for many of the suggested activities, as well as digital resources, can be found below.

Activity Challenge Part 1

  • Write down your own weather report every day for a week.
  • Go to a farmers market or festival.
  • Experience a TumbleBook through the library website.
  • Visit the Forge makerspace and try a new creative activity.
  • Attend an event at the library.
  • Create a drawing, painting, or sculpture (find inspiration in art books at the library in the J700s; view a selection of items on our catalog).
  • Watch a movie based on a book you’ve read and compare the two.
  • Check out a children’s cookbook and make a new recipe at home (call number J641.5).
  • Write a letter to a friend or family member and send it through the mail.

Activity Challenge Part 2

  • Design a new cover for one of your favorite books.
  • Visit a zoo or museum (check out available museum passes from the library).
  • Learn about a non-fiction topic through TrueFlix on the library website.
  • Check out and read a biography about a person you find interesting.
  • Create a masterpiece on the library’s light bright wall or Lego table.
  • Attend an event at the library.
  • Go on a nature walk and talk about what you see.
  • Write a story about how you met your best friend.

Activity Challenge Part 3

  • Attend an event at the library.
  • Play a card game or board game with a family member or friend (check out the Library of Things for games available for checkout).
  • Visit the Forge makerspace and try a new creative activity.
  • Write a poem about a favorite summer activity.
  • Get some exercise. Run, swim, do yoga, or play a sport.
  • Try one of the virtual escape rooms on the library website:
  • Check out a joke book and share a few jokes with your family (call number J793.735).
  • Visit a local park or playground.
  • Create a unique version of your family tree.

Activity Challenge Part 4

  • Check out and read a magazine from the children’s magazine collection (or check out a digital magazine with your library card on Libby/OverDrive).
  • Find all of the items in the library’s I Spy case.
  • Create a self portrait using crayons, markers, paint, or collage.
  • Draw a map of your neighborhood.
  • Write a story about a favorite vacation or memory.
  • Attend an event at the library.
  • Check out a science experiment book and try one at home (call number J507.8; view a selection of items on our catalog).
  • Visit a forest preserve or nature center.
  • Try BookFlix on the library website.