Champaign-Urbana loves summer reading programs
Encouraging a love for reading is a beautiful thing, and we are fortunate to have so many reading programs to check out this summer in the Champaign-Urbana area
Keep your kids’ minds in motion during the hotter months with some great Champaign-Urbana area summer reading programs. We put together a list of as many of them as we could find, and please, if we’ve forgotten one, let us know.
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!
chambanamoms thanks Champaign Public Library for presenting this list of summer reading opportunities.
Looking for free activities, books, and movies? The Champaign Public Library and Douglass Branch offer remarkable resources for families, including the Bee Creative! Summer Reading Challenge!
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Champaign Public Library
Sign up begins May 15. Summer Reading Program runs through Aug. 15. Visit champaign.org/read for details.
Ready to read and win prizes? Sign up to be part of the Summer Reading Challenge for all ages. Everyone is welcome — infants, kids, teens, and adults!
For Kids (infants to fourth grade graduates)
Each time you read, log the number of minutes on the Beanstack app or a paper reading log (download soon). Prizes include free books, rainbow pencil and bubble pop bracelet.
For Teens (middle and high school students)
Log the hours you read on the Beanstack app or a paper reading log (download soon). Prizes include books, coupons, and a tumbler.
Why should kids have all the fun? Track the hours you read on the Beanstack app and complete the online challenge to be entered into a drawing for Grand Prize gift baskets.
Urbana Free Library
Sign up begins May 14. Summer Reading Program runs through Aug. 31.
This summer, make time to read the books you love and win prizes just for reading.
For Kids (up to entering sixth grade)
Track reading online with the Beanstack app or a paper reading log (available at the library). For every 600 minutes they read or are read to, children win a free book. Up to two books during the summer. For completed summer activities, children earn a fun prize from the treasure box.
For Teens (grades 6-12)
Track reading online with Beanstack or a paper reading log (available at the library). For every 600 minutes read, teens win a free book. Up to two books during the summer. For completed summer activities, teens earn a vinyl water bottle sticker.
For Adults (post high school and up)
Track reading online with Beanstack. For every four books read, adults win a free book. Up to two books during the summer. For completed summer activities, adults earn a vinyl water bottle sticker.
Mahomet Public Library
Sign up begins May 23. Summer Reading Program runs through Aug. 1.
This year there are two reading programs — one for kids and one for teens/adults — with a theme of “Find Your Voice!”
For Kids (through 6th grade)
Complete a reading log to track your minutes read and earn beads for your brag tag. Finish your whole log and earn a free book. Every participant will also receive a badge book. The badge book will feature specific “bonus challenges” that the child can complete to earn stickers for their book. If they complete all of the challenges, they will get a star to put on the wall.
Help us “unlock” a prize for everyone. Download the “Reader Zone” app or log in on the web. Enter the total number of minutes your child read. If all the kids read a certain number of minutes in total, they will unlock special community prizes.
For Teens/Adults (7th grade and up)
Make your summer reading count! For every 10 hours you read this summer, fill out an entry form for a chance to win a gift card to a local business. Pick up a paper raffle form at the library.
St. Joseph Township-Swearingen Memorial Library
Sign up begins June 5. Summer Reading Program runs through July 14.
This is a five-week program for everyone ages 3 and up. Materials for the reading program and the scavenger hunt available starting June 5.
- Children (ages 3 through completed 6th grade) – Grand Prize $50 Walmart Gift Card
- Teens (completed 7th-12th grade) – $50 Best Buy Gift Card
- Adults (ages 18+) – $50 Rib Cage Gift Card
You keep track of minutes that you read in 10-minute increments on the provided log sheet. Children receive prizes for Levels 1-5 and receive an entry into the grand prize drawing for each level completed. Teens and adults complete five levels to receive their prize. After the grand prize drawing, there will be a prize giveaway for teens and adults at the library.
There will be weekly craft pickups on Tuesdays and special programs throughout the five weeks.
Summer Reading Program begins June 3 and runs through Aug. 5.
Find Your Voice: A Summer Reading Program for all ages! Read and share stories, express yourselves, and spark change this summer at your library. Sign up at the library starting Saturday, June 3.
Children (through age 11)
- For every 10 books that a participant reads, they will receive a small prize and a raffle ticket for the grand prize.
- As participants bring in their completed Summer Reading Program trifold, staff will “stamp” their paper when they have been given a prize and a ticket.
- Parents and/or caregivers MUST initial by their child’s completed number of books in order for them to receive their prize and ticket.
Teens (12 to 18) & Adults (19+)
- For every five books that a participant reads, they get a chance to win their appropriate grand prize.
- Participants will fill out the form with their name, phone number, and the names of the books that they’ve read and/or listened to.
- Once that information is complete, the participant can drop it in the appropriate grand prize bucket.
Rantoul Public Library
Summer Reading Program sign up coming soon
Visit its website for more information coming soon.
Allerton Public Library in Monticello
Summer Reading Program Begins June 3
Register to be an Allerton Public Library Summer Reader.
Barnes & Noble
Kids in first through sixth grades can complete a reading journal and bring it into Barnes & Noble for a free book, redeemable July 1 through August 31. Get more info here.
Summer Reading Programs we haven’t heard about yet …
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