Kids Summer Reading - 2022
This summer we invite you to Read Beyond the Beaten Path! Sign up for our reading program to earn prizes for reading, participating in programs, and more!
We will have entertainers, a petting zoo, inside and outside events, art programs, space adventures, dinosaur digs, STEAM explorations, and weekly crafts. There are SO MANY THINGS happening at the library this summer. Learn more about the program and how to sign up below.
Welcome! Below you will find information on the Kids' Reading Program
May 28- July 30- Registration begins May 28. The reading program runs June 1 and continues for 8 weeks. LOG reading and activities by July 30!
- 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.
Click HERE for FAQ
- Earn Badges - You will earn badges and prizes for reading, participating in programs, completing activites such as scavenger hunts and in-library challenges, completing 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 prizes.
- Open to all - You do not have to be a member of the library to participate.
- Please Note - Programs take place in person (some indoors, some outdoors) and REQUIRE registration.
- Completion - When you complete all of the reading badges you will satisfy the requirement for completion. However, you will still earn tickets and chances to win prizes for all activities you participate in. So keep logging those activities!
- Questions? - Please call 618-632-3783 X 4 or email [email protected]
Not a Kid? Checkout our Adult Challenge and/or Teen Challenge!
Why read during the summer? Educators know that children can lose knowledge over the summer, a phenomenon known 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.
- Summer Book Lists - ALSC - Association for Library Service to Children
- 100 Best Books for Young Readers - National Public Radio
- Reading Rockets Books - Booklists and Reading Resources
- Best Books of 2022 - Bank Street College of Education
- Summer Reading Lists - Horn Book Magazine
Lego Build Rules
- All designs must be original - no creations from a box or book
- All designs must fit on a 9"x 9" square or smaller
- All designs must include an entry form
- Entry forms are in the Registration Kit or available from Youth Services
- Entries will be judged on originality and effort
- Choose from four categories STEM, Art, Space, & Dinsaurs
- Four age divisions (grade completed), Pre-K - 2nd grades, 3rd - 5th grades, 6th - 8th grades
- Contest runs from May 28 - July 23 - Winners will be announced August 1.
- All designs must be picked up by August 15 or they go into the Library LEGO bins