This Year's Theme:  It's Showtime at Your Library!

srp2019 red 400wLove theater, music, or movies? Then bring your excitement, raise the curtain, and become a Summer Reading star! 

All ages are invited to read and earn prizes all summer long. We have Summer Reading Programs for all ages ranging from babies to adults:

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)

Summer reading is fun, easy, and proven to upkeep and improve literacy skills in children, teens, and adults.   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 3 through the August 10.  Can't wait? You can also click on one of the reading log links below to print yourself a copy and get started now.

Going out of town? As long as you turn in your reading log by the August 10 deadline, you can still receive your prizes.

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

 

Summer Reading Start & End Dates

Monday, June 3:  Summer Reading officially begins. This is the first day to turn in your log and collect prizes.

Saturday, August 10:  Summer Reading officially ends. This is the last day to turn in your log and collect prizes.

Monday, August 12:  Winners for prize drawings will be selected.

 

 

super stolie guacamoleJune 2 - Summer Reading Kick-off Party

Join us for our Kick Off Party on Sunday, June 2 from 1-4 p.m. 

Bring the whole family to pick up your Summer Reading Logs and enjoy food, fun, and games! Kids ages 2-8 can have extra fun with two different performances by Super Stolie:

Super Stolie Guacamole Bilingual Show  (for Kids ages 2-8)
Show #1 @ 1:30-2:30 p.m.  |  Show #2 @ 3:00-4:00 p.m.  |  Please click a time to register for one of the two shows

Incorporating her love of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture, Super Stolie presents a Spanish-English bilingual show for the whole family. The show features Spanish versions of traditional and popular songs and a family dance party. Stolie will give instructions, as well as sing and read in both English and Spanish.

 

  

End of Summer Reading Celebration

duke otherwiseTo mark the end of Summer Reading and all the hard work you put in reading this year, we will be celebrating with:

Hilarious Musical Stylings of Duke Otherwise (All Ages)
Friday, August 9 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. (Click here to register beginning August 1)

Duke Otherwise is a playful wordsmith, spirited performer, skilled guitarist, and captivating tap-dancer. Using his distinct baritone, he sings his hilarious and imaginative songs that all ages will delight in together.

 

 

Thank You to Our Sponsors

A GIANT thank you to our 2018 Summer Reading Program sponsors.  With their support we are able to have additional prizes and programming:

  • Friends of the Elmwood Park Public Library
  • Applebee's
  • Buona Beef
  • Chicago Dogs Baseball
  • Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  • Classic Cinemas
  • Jump Zone
  • Kane County Cougars Baseball
  • McDonald's 
  • Sonic

 

Babies & Toddlers (Ages 0-3)

srp2019 purple 400wHow it works:

  1. Have fun completing early literacy activities with your baby or toddler in the five principle areas of Every Child Ready to Read:  Reading, Writing, Singing, Talking, and Playing**. (The activities are listed on the Summer Reading Log.)
  2. Mark off a square on your Summer Reading Log for every early literacy activity you complete with your child.
  3. Once you've finished twelve activities, bring in your completed log and collect your prize packet, which includes a book of your choice as well as coupons and prizes from many local businesses.

Summer Reading Log:  Need a copy of the reading log? You can pick one up at the Kids & Teens desk or click here

 

**The Public Library Association (PLA) and Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) concluded that public libraries could have an even greater impact on early literacy through an approach that focused on educating parents and caregivers. If the primary adults in a child’s life can learn more about the importance of early literacy and how to nurture pre-reading skills at home, the effect of library efforts can be multiplied many times.

Teaching parents and other caregivers how to support the early literacy development of their children is the basis of Every Child Ready to Read. There are five principles of Every Child Ready to Read. They are: Talk, Sing, Read, Write and Play. These five principles are met through the activities listed on the reading log, but these are only a small sampling of what you can do with your child. 

 

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Kids (Ages 3 - Kindergarten)

srp2019 yellow 400wHow it works:  Read for 300 minutes and keep track on your Summer Reading 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
    • A book of your choice
    • A packet of food coupons from restaurants around town

Bonus Levels:  Did you finish reading your 300 minutes? Want to keep reading for more fun prizes?

  • T-Shirt Bonus:  Read an extra 300 minutes to earn your 2018 summer reading t-shirt!  Just mark off the 20 minute squares on your reading log under the T-Shirt Bonus section.

    and/or

  • Red Carpet Bonus:  Read an extra 100 minutes for a chance to win a prize of your choice, such as toys, books, or gift cards. Just mark off the 20 minute squares on your reading log under the Infinity & Beyond Bonus section. Want more chances to win? Keep reading and mark every 100 extra minutes you read on your log for another chance to win!

Summer Reading Log:  Need a copy of the reading log?  You can pick one up at the Kids & Teens desk or click here

School Challenge: Did you know that Elmwood Park schools are competing to have our traveling Summer Reading Trophy live at your school for the next school year? Help your school rise to glory! By finishing the Summer Reading Program at the Library, you score points for your school. Then the school with the highest percentage of kids that finish our Summer Reading Program wins the trophy.

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 summer newsletter or visit our online calendar.  

 

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Kids (Grades 1-3)

srp2019 brown 400wHow it works:  Read for 600 minutes and keep track on your Summer Reading 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
    • A book of your choice
    • A packet of food coupons from restaurants around town

Bonus Levels:  Did you finish reading your 600 minutes? Want to keep reading for more fun prizes?

  • T-Shirt Bonus:  Read an extra 300 minutes to earn your 2018 summer reading t-shirt!  Just mark off the 20 minute squares on your reading log under the T-Shirt Bonus section.

    and/or

  • Red Carpet Bonus:  Read an extra 100 minutes for a chance to win a prize of your choice, such as toys, books, or gift cards. Just mark off the 20 minute squares on your reading log under the Infinity & Beyond Bonus section. Want more chances to win? Keep reading and mark every 100 extra minutes you read on your log for another chance to win!

Summer Reading Log:  Need a copy of the reading log?  You can pick one up at the Kids & Teens desk or click here

School Challenge: Did you know that Elmwood Park schools are competing to have our traveling Summer Reading Trophy live at your school for the next school year? Help your school rise to glory! By finishing the Summer Reading Program at the Library, you score points for your school. Then the school with the highest percentage of kids that finish our Summer Reading Program wins the trophy.

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 summer newsletter or visit our online calendar.  

 

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MidKids (Grades 4-6)

srp2019 green 400wHow it works:  Read for 1200 minutes and keep track on your Summer Reading 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
    • A book of your choice
    • A packet of food coupons from restaurants around town
    • Your invitation to the MidKids only Lock-in Party at the Library on Friday, August 9 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. (Registration is still required, please RSVP at the Kids & Teens desk)

Bonus Levels:  Did you finish reading your 1200 minutes? Want to keep reading for more fun prizes?

  • T-Shirt Bonus:  Read an extra 300 minutes to earn your 2018 summer reading t-shirt!  Just mark off the 20 minute squares on your reading log under the T-Shirt Bonus section.

    and/or

  • Red Carpet Bonus:  Read an extra 100 minutes for a chance to win a prize of your choice, such as toys, books, or gift cards. Just mark off the 20 minute squares on your reading log under the Infinity & Beyond Bonus section. Want more chances to win? Keep reading and mark every 100 extra minutes you read on your log for another chance to win!

Summer Reading Log:  Need a copy of the reading log?  You can pick one up at the Kids & Teens desk or click here

School Challenge: Did you know that Elmwood Park schools are competing to have our traveling Summer Reading Trophy live at your school for the next school year? Help your school rise to glory! By finishing the Summer Reading Program at the Library, you score points for your school. Then the school with the highest percentage of kids that finish our Summer Reading Program wins the trophy.

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 summer newsletter or visit our online calendar.  

 

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Teens (Grades 7-12)

srp2019 orange 400wHow it works:  Play Bingo by reading a total of 300 minutes along with other activities.

  • Complete squares of activities on the Bingo card.
  • Once you have completed one entire row or column on the Bingo card, bring your card back to the Library to claim your prizes:
    • A book of your choice
    • A packet of food coupons from restaurants from around town
    • An invitation to the Teen Lock-in Party on Saturday, August 17 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. (Registration is still required, please RSVP at the Kids & Teens desk)

Red Carpet Bonus:  Did you finish reading your 300 minutes and completing activities? Want to keep reading for more fun prizes? Complete rows/columns on your Bingo card for a chance to enter a drawing of your choice or to receive a summer reading t-shirt.

Summer Reading Log:  Need a copy of the Bingo card?  You can pick one up at the Kids & Teens desk or click here.

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 summer newsletter or visit our online calendar.  

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.  

Volunteering:  We are happy to offer special, but limited, volunteer positions for students in grades 7-12, from June 2 - August 10. Those selected will gain work experience, credit hours, and a behind-the-scenes look at the library profession. Applications are available here, and those who receive a call back need to come in for an interview.

School year volunteer opportunities begin in September.

 

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 Adults (Ages 18 & up)

srp2019 blue 400wHow it works:

  • Read or listen to 2 books of your choice
  • Fill out a reading ticket with the title and author of the 2 books you read
  • Turn in your first reading ticket to the Adult Services Desk to receive:
    • Fun participation prize
    • Drawing entry for our grand prize of a $100 Visa gift card
  • Complete additional reading ticket throughout the summer to get more chances to win

Playbill Challenge:  If the books you read fall into one of the 14 genres listed in our Playbill challenge, then you'll get stamp next to that genre.  Complete the Playbill challenge and read a book from all 14 genres, and you'll be entered into an additional drawing for a $50 AMC gift card.

Need a copy of the Summer Reading Playbill?  You can pick one up at the Adult Services desk or click here.

 

June 3-8 - Adult Summer Reading Kick-off Week
This year, during the first week of Summer Reading, adults picking up their summer reading logs in Adult Services will be able to enjoy cookies, pick up bookmarks with book recommendations, spin a wheel for prizes, and read in our reading corner.

Books & Bagels - Summer Reading Wrap Up
Wednesday, August 14 • 10-11 a.m. (Click to register)
Come discuss your favorite books of the summer. Find out what others enjoyed and what the most read books were. Bagels and beverages will be provided. Sponsored by AgeOptions

More Programs:  While you're working on your reading log, come to one of our programs we have for adults this summer. For a complete listing, view our summer newsletter or visit our online calendar.   

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