Does your child have an appetite for reading? Thanks to Meatheads for sponsoring this guide. At Meatheads have your child read five books and you’ll be rewarded with a free lil’ meathead burger once every 30 days. Eligible for kids 13 years and under. Fill out the form (pictured below) with the books you’ve read and have your parent sign the form. Hand your form to a friendly meatheads employee and you’ll get one (1) free lil’ meathead burger*. Keep your voracious appetite for reading!
Keep your kids’ minds in motion during the hotter months with some great Champaign-Urbana area summer reading programs. We put together a round-up of as many of them as we could find, and please, if we’ve forgotten one, let us know in the comments. Thanks to Meatheads for sponsoring this guide.
Summer reading has no age limit. There are programs for kids of all ages, as well as grown-ups. In fact, what a great way to model to your children the importance of reading!
Don’t forget to take advantage of some summer reading freebies in the Champaign-Urbana Area. Meatheads rewards Voracious Readers 13 and under with a free meal. See below for more!
Summer Reading Program Dates: May 21- Aug. 21
For infants to 4th grade graduates
To get started, click register here. Then get a reading log at the library or click here to print your log at home and start right away! (Be sure to register first, so we know you’re participating.) Fill in one square of your reading log for every 10 minutes you read or listen to books. Read 100 minutes to earn a small prize. Keep reading as much as you want to. When you finish (by August 21), you can choose a prize book, thanks to support from the Library Friends. And you’ll be entered to win one of the grand prizes!
Earn a prize every time you read for 2 hours!
2 HOURS = Culver’s ice cream + FriendShop Bookstore free book
4 HOURS = Meatheads treat + Panera sweet treat
6 HOURS = Papa Murphy’s pizza kit
8 HOURS = Book of your choice + Skateland pass
10 HOURS = Azzip Pizza 8-inch pizza + Champaign Park District pass for Sholem Aquatic Center, Virginia Theatre, or Leonhard Recreation Center
Earn a raffle entry for each 2 additional hours you read. Visit the library to claim your prizes. Read 20 hours or more? You’ll get fame, fortune, and your own free backpack! Grand prize? You can win a telescope!
Why should kids have all the fun? You’ll receive a coupon for a free book from the FriendShop Bookstore when you sign up. Finish reading 3 books, and you’ll get a $5 coupon to the Library Cafe. Read 3 more for a Culver’s coupon. Finish a total of 9 books and get a Champaign Park District coupon for the Virginia Theater or the Leonhard Center. Grand prizes? A telescope and carrying case, photography books, and even a chance to name a star! How to Sign-Up: Sign-up starts May 21 online or at the Main Library or Douglass Branch. The games run May 21 to August 21, so there’s plenty of time to join in.
• For young children: Rocket-Shaped Play Tent and carrying case ($25 value)
• For school-age kids: Star Theater Home Planetarium ($35 value)
• For teens: Celestron 21061 AstroMaster 70AZ Refractor Telescope, carrying case, and a year of free visits to the William M. Staerkel Planetarium. ($250 value)
• For adults: Orion 09007 SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Reflector Telescope and carrying case ($400 value)
May 15 – August 31
Register online or at the Library
This summer, make time to read the books you love and win prizes just for reading! Read books of your choice (including eBooks and audiobooks), and attend fun programs. Get ready for Reading by Design! 2017 Summer Reading Program Information Brochure (Printable PDF)
Children’s Summer Reading Program Coloring Log (Printable PDF)
- For children birth through those entering grade 6 – both readers and listeners.
- Each time you read at least 15 minutes, mark your reading log.
- Bring your completed log to the Library to receive a free book plus coupons for local businesses.
- For each additional log you complete, you will receive another free book!
- Parents and caregivers who read to a child registered in the program receive a free book.
- For teens who have completed grades 6 through 12.
- Select books of your choice and keep track of the number of pages read.
- Every time you read 1,000 pages, come to the Library to pick out a free book from our selection of new books.
- Reading also enters you in a weekly raffle to win a complete book series.
- For adults who love to read. Why let kids have all the fun?
- Read books of your choice and record your reading progress.
- After you read 4 books, stop by the Library to select a free book from our selection of popular books.
- Keep reading! For each additional four books you complete, you will receive another free book!
June 3- July 28
To Register and get the Official Reading Passport stop by the Library. (Children do not have to be registered readers or have a Library Card to participate in Library programs and events.) Start counting your minutes or books on June 3, the first day of the program and the date of the Summer Reading Kick-Off Carnival. Stop counting your minutes or books on July 28, when the summer reading program ends. Turn in your log before August 11 to be included in the Grand Prize Raffle drawing and/or recognized as a Top Reader.
Reading logs available and prizes awarded for age groups:
- 3 years (as of June 1) to Kindergarteners
- 1st Grade to 5th Grade
- 6th Grade to 12th Grade (use Teen Reading Log)
June 10-July 22
Create a future with learning…book by book…this summer at Tolono Public Library. Read books, accumulate minutes and earn prizes! Register to participate and get a reading log (limit one per child)…after you read 100 minutes bring it to present to library staff and you will earn a prize. Read 600 minutes and your name will be entered for a shot to win this year’s grand prize.
Books must be checked out at TOLONO PUBLIC LIBRARY.
During the Summer Reading Program there will be programs for kids every week day! Stop by the library for details or see our calendar online.
Summer Reading Program Dates: May 16-Sept. 5
The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program is here to help you on your way, encouraging you to read books of your own choosing and earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps:
1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal (English or Español). Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why.
2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 16th and September 5th, 2017. Find a Store
3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.
Tuscola Public Library
Summer Reading Program Dates: Begins May 29
Summer Read Kickoff, Reading by Design, will be held May 24 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Signups began May 15. The program begins May 29. Just come into the library and sign up.
St. Joseph Township-Swearingen Memorial Library
Summer Reading Program Dates: June 5-July 8
Come in and sign up for the 2017 Summer Reading Program!
The Summer Reading Program runs 5 weeks in June and July for Preschool through 6th Grade.
The Teen Summer Reading Program runs 5 weeks in June and July for 7th through 12th Grade.
The Adult Summer Reading Program is a summer reading program for Adults. It runs concurrently with the Children’s summer reading program.
The Summer Reading Program runs 6 weeks in June and July for kindergarten through fifth grade. Stop by the library to find out more information.
Summer Reading Program Dates: End of May to beginning of August
Reading by Design, the Children’s Summer Reading Program at Rantoul Public Library will run from Saturday, July 1-Friday, July 28. Newborns to age 14 can get their Summer Reading Booklogs and start reading for pleasure and fun prizes. At Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave. 217-893-3955. www.rantoul.lib.il.us
New this year is Readers to the Rescue. Complete the basic program, and every extra 10 hours of reading will generate $1 for the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic. Sponsored by Domino’s Pizza of Mahomet, Country Financial representative Brad James, and State Farm Agent Darwyn Boston, as well as anonymous private donors.
Register online or at the library, and pick up your reading log today.
Visit the Mahomet Library’s website to register for storytimes, elementary-aged programs, and special events for teens and adults.
Did we miss a summer reading program? Please add your favorite in the comments!