Kids' Summer Reading 2021
Welcome! Below you will find information on the Kids' Reading Program
- May 22 - July 24 - Registration begins May 22. The reading program runs June 1 and continues for 8 weeks.
- Register - If you have previously participated in one of our beanstack programs you will sign in (left top). If you are new to Beanstck please register yourself and then your child.
- Earn Badges - You will earn badges and grab bag prizes for reading, participating in programs (in-person and Zoom), completing activites such as virtual scavenger hunts and escape rooms, writing book reviews, completing BINGO cards, picking up weekly take-home-crafts and more!
- Earn Tickets - For every badge earned you will receive a ticket. The tickets can be entered into raffles for fun, end-of-the-program gift baskets and opportunities to give to charity.
- Open to all - You do not have to be a member of the library to participate.
- Please Note - In-person programs take place outdoors and REQUIRE registration.
- Completion - When you complete all of the reading badges (30 hours of reading or about 1/2 hour each day) you will receive a FREE tee shirt. You will be prompted to come to the library and pick up a voucher for C & C Sports Shop's virtual store. You can order your tee shirt online and pick up at your convenience.
- Questions? - Please call 618-632-3783 X 4 or email [email protected]
Why read during the summer? Educators know that children can lose knowledge over the summer, a phenomenon know as Summer Slide. Read information here:
- Illinois Library Association
- Scholastic Contains links to Scholastic products but we have many of the items at the library!
How do I encourage my child to READ? It can be a challenge for some kids but here are some tips:
- Let them pick the books - If you make them read a book they don't want to read there may be a BATTLE or at the very least, a dragging of feet.
- Read Aloud - Have some books to read independantly and some to read together.
- Play Word Games - Play Scrabble or Scrabble Junior, Boggle, Hangman or other word games. Play the Dictionary Game
- Keep Books in the Car - Always have books available, especially when they are confined - like on car rides or at medical appointments.
- Limit access to TV and Video Games - Kids are much more likely to pick up a book if the TV and other electronic devices are turned off. Some families require kids to earn screen time.
- Graphic novels ARE real books - Most kids love this comic-type format and reading this genre requires skill in decoding words but also intertreting picture clues from body language and background. Check out this article from reseachers at Northwestern University.