Let's Build a Better World!

Oak Park's Summer Reading Program goes through August 22, the day before Oak Park Elementary School District 97 students head back to class.

“That means more opportunities to win prizes, and more levels to unlock as kids tackle reading challenges,” said Genevieve Grove, Elementary School Services Librarian.

The program is again open to anyone who wants to sign up, no Oak Park residency required.

Kids from birth through rising ninth graders can sign up at any Oak Park Public Library location, including the Book Bike.

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About the prizes

  • Kids ages 3 and up will be building necklaces and keychains with beads, dog tags, and charms to show off how much reading they've done and let their true colors show. They also can win raffle prizes, including donated pool/rink passes from Park District of Oak Park and movie passes from Classic Cinemas Lake Theatre.
  • Kids younger than age 3 (birth to 35 months) will work with their grown-ups on early literacy activities in addition to reading and will be rewarded with rubber duckies, beach balls, and bubbles.

The glories of summer reading

Natasha Cosgrove, Ellie McGillen, and Ella Sparks, graduates of Oak Park’s Lincoln Elementary School and winners of the fall 2016 Reading Olympics"We love reading because it brings us into a place where we can escape from our insecurities and laugh, cry, and smile with the characters we will learn to love. Every book is a doorway to a new world, which can sometimes even make us happier than we are. When you are feeling unhappy, melancholy, disappointed, or bored, take a break from everything and just read a book. It’ll help, we promise." -Natasha Cosgrove, Ellie McGillen, and Ella Sparks (pictured right), graduates of Oak Park’s Lincoln Elementary School and winners of the fall 2016 Reading Olympics 

Continue reading about the glories of summer reading and why you should visit the library often in summertime >

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More free summer fun

  • Join our "Take Action" event series, Wednesdays at the Main Library. Then pick up a Parks Passport to "look, learn and explore—outside your front door!" More >