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Fizz Boom Read ends Aug. 1!!!

Everyone's a scientist with our summer reading program "Fizz Boom Read!" Designed for kids birth through grade 6, it features motivating prizes and amazing science programs, plus find inspiring reading and viewing choices, video games, gerbil grams, storytimes, drop-in fun and more all summer long.

In addition to being a fun way to engage the entire family, research shows that students who read over the summer keep their reading skills sharp, and are better prepared for school in the fall. Summer reading = better grades.

How to sign up

To participate, kids need to bring an Oak Park Public Library card to any of our three locations and be ready to tell us how old they are or what grade they're going to start in the autumn.

You can sign up anytime before the program closes on August 1.

How to play

Babies and toddlers

  • Pick up a log with early literacy activities for caregivers and children to do together
  • Finish the activities, and earn a prize bag

Ages 3 through grade 1

  • Pick up a log and stickers to keep track of how many books they read or have read to them
  • Earn a prize after reading 10 books, then 20 books more and then another 20 books, for a total of 50 books

Going into grades 1 through 3

  • Pick up a log and stickers to keep track of how long they read
  • Earn a prize after every four hours of reading, for a total of 12 hours (and 36 stickers)

Tweens going into grades 4 through 7

  • Pick up a log to keep track of how long they read
  • Earn a prize after every four hours of reading, for a total of 12 hours
  • For readers going into grade 7, choose between the kids program or online teen summer reading program, also starting June 9

When you’ve finished Oak Park’s Summer Reading Program, try…


Search for Oak Park’s recommended Reading lists.  Parents set up challenges for their children, who read and accomplish related activities to earn prizes set by each family.


Download a reading log and keep track of how many books are read. Visit the local store after reading 8 books to choose a free book.

Reading is Fundamental: rif.org/us/literacy-resources/activities.htm

Find activity calendars and reading ideas.

Scholastic: scholastic.com/ups/campaigns/src-2014

In Reading Under the Stars, kids log their reading, take challenges to earn rewards and work with thousands of other kids to set a world reading record.

Discovery kits

Want some extra science fun this summer? Try our new Discovery Kits, which are science-based activities for preschoolers through tweens and can be checked out for one week at a time. The backpacks are located at all three locations and have fun themes like colors, dinosaurs and owl pellet dissection. 
Thanks to the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library for their generous support of 2014's Fizz Boom Read summer reading program.