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Get Ready for Summer at Your Library.

 June 1, 2023

Summer reading, events, and fun for all.

We can’t wait to kick off the summer with our Summer Reading Kickoff Party! Join us on June 8 from 2:30-4:30 PM. Enjoy a live music performance by School of Rock Oak Park, face painting, and a bubble performance. Get signed up for our summer reading program and you’ll receive a ticket for a free scoop of Brown Cow ice cream. Sign up now or visit a registration table at the event and we’ll get you signed up. 

Special thanks goes to River Forest Library Foundation for sponsoring this year’s kickoff party. 

Summer Reading (June 8-August 4) 

This year’s summer reading theme, All Together Now, reminds us that Summer Reading is for all ages. We encourage everyone in the community to join our fun reading challenges and events. There is something for everyone! Sign up now!

 Children (Age 0 through Grade 4) 

Children (entering Grade 4 in the fall and younger) need to be registered in Beanstack. Logging is tracked by days and can be completed in Beanstack or on a printed reading log, which is available in the Children’s Room. Earn a prize each week! 

Teens (Grades 5-12) 

Teens and middle schoolers (entering 5th grade in the fall or older) need to be registered in Beanstack. Logging is tracked by time and can be completed in Beanstack or on a printed reading log, which is available at the second floor desk. You’ll receive prizes for every 4 hours you read, as well as raffle entries. Finish the whole program and you’ll also receive a finishing prize! Remember: book reviews, which are eligible for bonus raffle entries, can only be entered on Beanstack! 

Adults (18 and up) 

Adults may log on Beanstack or by filling out a form and dropping it in the ballot box on the second floor. Log each book you read. Each book logged will earn a raffle entry for the prize of your choice. 

Watch this video to get all of your questions about summer reading answered.

Go here for printable beanstack instructions.

More than just fun 

The Library’s Summer Reading Program encourages all ages to read throughout the summer. Prizes and programs make the program extra fun and exciting, but our main goal is for everyone to love reading. For school age kids, research shows that reading over the summer helps prevent the “summer slide” and makes kids ready to learn when they go back to school in the fall. Not only does our reading program encourage kids to read every day, but it is also adaptable for all ages and abilities. Kids and caregivers can work together to decide how much to read each day, which empowers kids to take control of their own learning. Setting and achieving goals is an important executive functioning skill, and encourages kids to have a “growth mindset” as they strive towards something new. 

Happy reading everyone!