Need a laugh? Listen to Buttons & Figs podcast #18, "Jokes at the Library" >

Celebrate building a better world

On Monday, August 21, join us for a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party, followed by a Smarty Pants Space Odyssey Balloon Show (register now). 

With both family-friendly events, we'll be celebrating the end of summer vacation—and our summer reading program—as we look to the skies and continue building a better world!

More than 3,000 kids have signed up for our summer reading program, Build a Better World, which runs through Tuesday, August 22.

The program has been open to all kids from birth through rising ninth graders—no Oak Park residency required. 

Through August 22, kids can bring their reading logs to any Oak Park Public Library location, including the Book Bike, to claim prizes.

Download a reading log now >

About the prizes

  • Kids ages 3 and up have been 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) have been working with their grown-ups on early literacy activities in addition to reading and have been rewarded with rubber duckies, beach balls, and bubbles.

Natasha Cosgrove, Ellie McGillen, and Ella Sparks, graduates of Oak Park’s Lincoln Elementary School and winners of the fall 2016 Reading Olympics

The glories of summer reading

"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 >

Looking for what to check out?

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 >