Welcome to 2021
Reading Colors Your World!
Reading Colors Your World!
All programs from Summer Reading will remain on our YouTube channel, so please feel free to watch and or listen again!
Everyone knows how wonderful it is to lose yourself in a book. Lose yourself and now you will be rewarded! You will be asked to read three hours per week. You may log your time any time you want during the week. There will be seven weeks of reading this year. If you read three hours per week you will earn a prize from a local business (such as Toot's Treats, Jordan's, Palace Theatre, Elevate, Kartville), plus be entered to win one of the gift certificates to restaurants in the area. Of course, we would like you to read some fiction, non fiction, biography and poetry each week. If you listen to Book Talks on Wednesdays that time counts for your reading logs. You may read books, magazines, newspapers or listen to audiobooks/eBooks or someone reading. It is so easy to log your reading in to Reader Zone. You may log it whenever it is convenient for you! You must have your time logged by Sunday of each week. A week begins on Monday and ends on Sunday.
We will have two sets of gift bags, so if you read three hours for two of the first three weeks (Weeks 1-3-May 31st-June 20th) and two of the next three weeks (Weeks 4-6-June 21st- July 11th) you will have a chance to win one of 14 gift bags with cool prizes like passes to the Children's Discovery Museum, the Riverfront Museum, Caterpillar Visitors Center or Wheels O'Time Museum, gift certificates to Christ Orchard, Fired Up, Applebee's, Uptown Cafe, HyVee or Walmart. For the 7th week (July 12th-18th) if you log 3 hours of reading you will have a chance to win a Kindle donated by Mid Century. We will have pictures of the gift bags posted soon. We will randomly draw winners.
In addition to turning in reading logs, you will be able to watch programs on our YouTube channel. Girl Scouts of Central Illinois on Monday, June 17th at 3:30 PM. More information to follow. On Tuesdays we will air our Craft Programs, on Wednesdays our Book Talks (for different age groups) and on Fridays our Programs.
June 1st Amanda
June 8th Brooke
June 15th Deanna
June 22nd Nancy
June 29th Beth
July 6th Amanda
July 13th Brooke
These are picture books for younger readers.
June 2nd Carroll
June 9th Olivia
June 16th Caren
June 23rd Nancy
June 29th Sarah
July 7th Vicki
July 14th Franke
1st-3rd grade Terry The Silver Chair (The Chronicles of Narnia # 4) by C. S. Lewis (you may listen to the first three books in the series on our YouTube channel as Terry has already recorded them).
4th-6th grade Pat Grandma Dowdel series A Long Way from Chicago, A Year Down Yonder & A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck
7th-8th grade Jennifer Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief (Sammy Keyes # 1) by Wendelin Van Draanen
High School Amy Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri.
June 4th Forest Park Nature Center Colorful Creatures of Illinois
June 11th Kenny Blum Casey at Bat
June 18th Lynn Isbell M & M Science Experiment
June 25th Emma Salverson Making Colorful Frosting
July 2nd Lynn Isbell Science Experiment
July 9th Mary Ann Hanlin Lorado Taft Dioramas (courtesy of the Elmwood
Historic Society) (please see this
July 16th The Food Mercenary Garden Fresh Basil Recipe
Sidewalk Chalk to Brighten the Day
We also encourage you to use sidewalk chalk to chalk one square of sidewalk in these different spots around town (see the places for each week below). If you send us a picture through email (email@example.com) or on Facebook of your sidewalk square, your finished craft, comment what you liked about a book on Book Talks or what you liked or learned through a Program, you will be entered to win a gift certificate. We will randomly draw winners each week.
Week 1 Your sidewalk, drive way or your grandparents or neighbors sidewalks or
driveways-please ask permission before using sidewalk chalk on your
grandparents or neighbors sidewalks
Week 2 Central Park
Week 3 Community Center or the School
Week 4 Library, the Boord's house (they live next to the library), Jordan's Mobil (in
front of and on the side of the Service Center-not the Gas Station) and City Hall
Week 5 Uptown (West Main St. & South Magnolia St.) (The Palace Theatre has asked
that there be no chalk in front of their main doors).
Week 6 Uptown (East Main St. & North Magnolia St. including the Fire Station &
Week 7 Any of the places above where the chalk has washed away.
The city & businesses/organizations have provided permission for you to use sidewalk chalk on the sidewalk in front of or on the side of their building.
If you don't have internet service or phone data, but would like to participate, you may call in your weekly log on Wednesdays from 10:00 AM -1:00 PM. A librarian or volunteer will call you back and fill in your online log for you.
If you have any questions, please fill free to email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 309-742-2431. We ask for your patience again this summer as we continue to learn how to make digital Summer Reading work! We hope you are ready for a summer of adventure!!
Penguin Random House Summer Reading Lists
Today, we're talking great books for Summer Reading, specifically for grades PreK-3. Consider these books for inclusion on your summer reading list - they're all incredibly engaging and will hold your students and patrons interest over the long summer.
Today, we're talking great books for Summer Reading, specifically for grades 4-8. Consider these books for inclusion on your summer reading list - they're all incredibly engaging and will hold your students and patrons interest over the long summer ahead.
Today, we're talking Summer Reading and the books that would make great additions to your list, specifically for your teens and preteens in grades 8-12. All of these books are incredibly engaging and will hold your students and patrons interest over the long summer.
Want more Penguin Classroom picks?
Click here to watch more book buzz videos!
We have book buzzes for everything! From timely groupings for EARTH DAY and POETRY MONTH, to thematic groupings like ROM COMS and PAPERBACKS! Check them all out below!
Robot Casserole Online Coding Camp
Join us July 7th and 10th at 1:30 for a virtual camp with Morrison & Mary Wiley Library to learn about basic coding with FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1736 Robot Casserole! Ages 9-12 will use the free to use VEX VR website to learn how to code basic robot movement and put that knowledge to use using the VEX VR playground. On Tuesday students from Robot Casserole will show you how to use the software and give you challenges to complete using the software. Then on Friday, you will be able to show off what you’ve been able to accomplish. To register please email Jack from Robot Casserole at email@example.com. Registration is due by June 30th.