This Year's Theme:  Read for the Win!

read for the winSummer reading is fun, easy, and proven to upkeep and improve literacy skills in children, teens, and adults.   What’s that you say? Summer Reading is just for kids? Nope! We have Summer Reading Programs for all ages:

Babies & Toddlers (Ages 0-3)  |  Kids (Ages 3 - Kindergarten)  |  Kids (Grades 1-3)

MidKids (Grades 4-6)  |  Teens (Grades 7-12)  |  Adults (Ages 18 & up)

So make summer reading a family affair: read some books together and come to the Library for a chance to earn some prizes!  Visit the Adult or Kids & Teens Desks to sign up any time starting June 6 through the first week of August. 

Going out of town? As long as you turn in your reading log by the August 6 deadline, you can still receive your prizes.

To make summer reading even more fun, we’ll also have fun sports & game programs all summer long.  See below for some highlights, or check the newsletter or online calendar for more program offerings and information.

 

Summer Reading Kick-off Party

To start the summer off right, we are hosting our Summer Reading Kick-off Party on Sunday, June 5 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.  There will be games, activities, and snacks.  All ages are invited to enjoy the fun.  

This is also your first opportunity to sign up for Summer Reading, though you can continue to sign up throughout the summer at either the Adult or Kids & Teens Desks. 

 

 Summer Reading Family Field Day Party:  

To mark the end of Summer Reading and all the hard work you put in reading this year, we will be celebrating with our Family Field Day Party on Saturday, August 6 from 12:00-3:00 p.m. in Central Park, as long as the weather permits.

Everyone (kids, teens & adults) who participates in Summer Reading this year will be invited to join us for our Family Field Day Party in Central Park on Saturday, August 6 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. (weather permitting).  It will be a fun, family day of outdoor activities and snacks, and a great way to celebrate the end of summer.

 

Thank You to Our Sponsors

A GIANT thank you to our 2016 Summer Reading Program sponsors.  With their support we are able to have additional prizes and programming:

  • Friends of the Elmwood Park Public Library
  • White Castle
  • Picket Fence Day Care
  • Arrow Body & Fender
  • Forte Plumbing
  • First Security Trust/Savings Bank
  • Corporale Realty Group
  • New Star Restaurant
  • Elmwood Restaurant
  • Lo Los Sub Shop
  • Jump!Zone
  • Chicago Dragons Rugby

Babies & Toddlers (Ages 0-3)

How it works:  Have fun completing early literacy activities with your baby or toddler in the areas of Reading, Writing, Singing, Talking, and Playing.

See what activities are available by picking up your reading log when you sign up. 

  • Complete six activities and bring your log in for a rubber ducky prize.
  • Complete six more activities and bring your log in for more prizes:  board book and t-shirt.
  • Or complete all 12 activities and bring in your log just once and receive all three prizes at the same time.

Need a copy of the reading log?  Click here.

 

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Kids (Ages 3 - Kindergarten)

How it works:  Read for 300 minutes and keep track on your log.

  • Every time you read for 20 minutes, just check off the next box on your reading log.
  • Once you have completed 300 minutes, bring in your log to pick up your prize packet which includes:
    • Summer Reading certificate of completion
    • 2016 t-shirt
    • A book of your choice
    • A packet of food coupons from restaurants around town
  • Home Run Bonus:  Finished your goal of 300 minutes? Keep reading for the chance to win an extra prize! Using the Home Run Bonus section of your reading log, keep checking off boxes every time you read 20 minutes.  Then for every extra 100 minutes you read, bring us your log and we will enter you for a chance to win a family membership to the Brookfield Zoo.

Need a copy of the reading log?  Click here.

 

Programs:  While you're working on your reading log, come to one of our fun Summer Reading themed programs we have for kids this summer.  For a complete listing, view our Newsletter or visit our online calendar.  But below are a few highlights. Just click on the date for more info and to sign up:

Remember:  Everyone who participates in Summer Reading this year will be invited to join us for our Family Field Day Party in Central Park on Saturday, August 6 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. (weather permitting).  It will be a fun, family day of outdoor activities and snacks, and a great way to celebrate the end of summer.

 

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Kids (Grades 1-3)

How it works:  Read for 600 minutes and keep track on your log. 

  • Every time you read for 20 minutes, just check off the next box on your reading log.
  • Once you have completed 600 minutes, bring in your log to pick up your prize packet which includes:
    • Summer Reading certificate of completion
    • 2016 t-shirt
    • A book of your choice
    • A packet of food coupons from restaurants around town
  • Home Run Bonus:  Finished your goal of 300 minutes? Keep reading for the chance to win an extra prize! Using the Home Run Bonus section of your reading log, keep checking off boxes every time you read 20 minutes.  Then for every extra 100 minutes you read, bring us your log and we will enter you for a chance to win a family membership to the Brookfield Zoo.

Need a copy of the reading log?  Click here.

 

Programs:  After you've turned in your reading log, come to one of our fun Summer Reading themed programs we have for kids this summer. For a complete listing, view our Newsletter or visit our online calendar.  But below are a few highlights. Just click on the date for more info and to sign up: 

Remember:  Everyone who participates in Summer Reading this year will be invited to join us for our Family Field Day Party in Central Park on Saturday, August 6 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. (weather permitting).  It will be a fun, family day of outdoor activities and snacks, and a great way to celebrate the end of summer.

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MidKids (Grades 4-6)

How it works:  Read for 1200 minutes and keep track on your log.

  • Every time you read for 20 minutes, just check off the next box on your reading log.
  • Once you have completed 1200 minutes, bring in your log to pick up your prize packet which includes:  
    • Summer Reading certificate of completion
    • 2016 t-shirt
    • A book of your choice
    • A packet of food coupons from restaurants around town
    • Your invitation to the MidKids only Lock-i Party at the Library on Saturday, August 12 from 7:00-10:00 p.m.  We will take over after the Library closes with various activities, including flashlight tag, scavenger hunt, pizza, ice cream, and more.
  • Home Run Bonus:  Finished your goal of 1200 minutes? Keep reading for the chance to win an extra prize! Using the Home Run Bonus section of your reading log, keep checking off boxes every time you read 20 minutes.  Then for every extra 100 minutes you read, bring us your log and we will enter you for a chance to win a private party for you and nine friends at the Library!

Need a copy of the reading log?  Click here.

 

Programs:  After you've turned in your reading log, come to one of our fun Summer Reading themed programs we have for MidKids this summer. For a complete listing, view our Newsletter or visit our online calendar.  But below are a few highlights. Just click on the date for more info and to sign up:

 Remember:  Everyone who participates in Summer Reading this year will be invited to join us for our Family Field Day Party in Central Park on Saturday, August 6 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. (weather permitting).  It will be a fun, family day of outdoor activities and snacks, and a great way to celebrate the end of summer.

 

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 Teens (Grades 7-12)

How it works:  Play Bingo by reading a total of 300 minutes along with other activities.

  • Complete the activities in different squares on the Bingo card
  • Once you have completed one row or column on the Bingo card, bring your card back to the Library to claim your prize:
    • A book of your choice
    • A packet of food coupons from restaurants from around town
    • An invitation to the Teen Lock-in Party on _______. We will take over after the Library closes with various activities, including flashlight tag, scavenger hunt, pizza, ice cream, and more.
  • Bonus:  Complete a second row or column to be entered for a chance to win a $50.00 gift card

Need a copy of the reading log?  Click here.

 

Required Reading from Schools

Need a copy of one of the books on your required reading list from Elm Middle or EPHS?  Stop by the Kids & Teens Desk to pick up a copy or place a hold.  

 

Programs:  While you're working on your Bingo card, come to one of our fun Summer Reading themed programs we have for teens this summer. For a complete listing, view our Newsletter or visit our online calendar.  But below are a few highlights. Just click on the date for more info and to sign up:

 Remember:  Everyone who participates in Summer Reading this year will be invited to join us for our Family Field Day Party in Central Park on Saturday, August 6 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. (weather permitting).  It will be a fun, family day of outdoor activities and snacks, and a great way to celebrate the end of summer.

 

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 Adults (Ages 18 & up)

How it works: Play Bingo by reading and completing various activities.

  • Complete a row, column, or diagonal of five squares on one four different themed Bingo cards (Activity Lover, Book Lover, Library Lover, or Summer Mix).
  • Turn in your log to collect your prizes:
    • A participation prize
    • A standing entry into each our weekly summer raffles for $25.00 restaurant gift cards.
    • An entry into our grand prize raffle for a chance to win two tickets to a home game for the Chicago Cubs, White Sox, or Chicago Fire. (based on availability)
  • Homerun Bonus:  Want more chances to win? Complete additional rows/columns on your first Bingo card, or complete a brand new Bingo card, to receive additional entries into both the grand prize and weekly raffles.

Need a copy of one of the Bingo cards?  Click an option:  Activity Lover  |  Book Lover  |  Library Lover  |  Summer Mix

 

Programs:  While you're working on your Bingo card, come to one of our game themed programs we have for adults this summer. For a complete listing, view our Newsletter or visit our online calendar.  But below are a few highlights. Just click on the date for more info and to sign up:

 Remember:  Everyone who participates in Summer Reading this year will be invited to join us for our Family Field Day Party in Central Park on Saturday, August 6 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. (weather permitting).  It will be a fun, family day of outdoor activities and snacks, and a great way to celebrate the end of summer.

 

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