Kids & Parents

Destination:  Fun

Summer reading is a fun, busy, crazy time at the library.  Whether coming in once a week to tell a volunteer what you read, using the computer, or checking out books, the library should be a destination for your kids this summer!

Read by Design
Starting on June 3rd, kids can participate in the summer reading program. 

Readers and listeners (babies-8th grade) can earn prizes for reading that is completed by July 30th.  This year, you get to pick the goal:  16 hours read or 32 books

Kids can sign up with volunteers on the second floor of the library, and then the fun begins. 

We have weekly check-in opportunities where kids can talk about a book that they read/listened to that week, and then spin the wheel for a prize.  Kids that reach their midpoint goal (8 hours or 16 books) earn a book and coupon pack.  Kids that complete the program (16 hours or 32 books) get their own t-shirt. 

Along with the summer reading program, we offers tons of fun activities. 

They can drop in for the SRC Kick-Off, grab a ticket for Summer Night Stories, or guess how many items are in the weekly guessing jar.  We have programs galore, which should never leave you bored.

With our summmer program, we work with several Chicagoland businesses to add a little oomph to our summer reading program.

Here are some local busineses who have donated to the youth program this year

Twisted Tree Yoga

Twisted Tree Yoga

Just a five minute walk from the library, this yoga studio offers a variety of classes for various ages.  This year, Twisted Tree donated free class coupons for our prize wheel.  Twisted Tree is even going to present its Storytime Stretchers program at the library this summer. 

Be sure to check out their schedule for additional programs at their studio! 

The Choo-Choo Diner

The Choo-Choo Diner   

A local institution (when I tell kids that the library is by the Choo-Choo, their eyes get big) where kids get their meal delivered by a train.  The Choo-Choo donated a free cupcake coupon for the prize wheel.  Kids that win this item can either eat the cupcake as the end to a perfect meal, or take it to go!

Des Plaines Park District

Des Plaines Park District   

Des Plaines not only has fun things going at the library this summer, but so does the park district.  Des Plaines Park District has donated coupons to our wheel, so kids could win a free round of adventure mini golf or a free swim at one of our local pools. 

Mexico Restaurant

Mexico Restaurant    

Located across Lee Street from the library, this restaurant has yummy food the whole family can enjoy!  This year, Mexico Restaurant has donated a coupon found in our coupon pack for the midpoint prize.  We also will have a Quesadilla Party there on Thursday, July 13th.  Registration is required, and more information is located on our calendar

Party Time Palace

Party Time Palace

The fun never stops at Party Time Palace, a mix of arcade, mini golf, and laser tag goodness.  Party Time Palace is not only hosting a library party on Thursday, June 22nd, at 10 a.m. (for Des Plaines residents only and limited to 100 kids), but they also have donated coupons for our midpoint prize coupon pack too.  

Santa's Village AZoosment Park

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park    

Opened in 1959 as Santa’s Village, and reopened in 2010 under its new name, Santa’s Village AZoosment Park has been delighting kids of all ages for decades.  This year, Santa’s Village donated a free ticket to those that win our guessing jar.  We have 8 different jars, meaning there are eight chances to win.  At the end of each week, one winner is declared based on the closest guess. 

Thank you to all those that have donated to our various summer reading programs this year!

For the youth department, here are additional businesses that donated to our program: 

Auntie Anne’s, Buona Beef, Burger King, Chicago Fire, Chicago Wolves, Chipotle, Cici’s Pizza, Classic Cinemas, Culver’s, Domino’s Pizza, Dunkin’ Donuts, DuPage Children’s Museum, DuPage Derby Dames, Five Guys, Friends of the Library, Illinois Railway Museum, Jump Zone, Kane County Cougars, Legoland, McDonald’s (Rosemont), Pump It Up, Quizno’s, Rainforest Café, River Rand Bowl, and Schaumburg Boomers.

For our teen department, here are some additional businesses that donated coupons: 

Forever Yogurt and Nothing Bundt Cakes.

For our teen volunteers, here all the businesses that donated experiences and products to our program: 

AMC Theatres, Laser Quest, Potbelly, Starbucks (Rosemont and Des Plaines), and Twisted Tree Yoga.  

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