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2018 Summer Reading Challenge

A Celebration
June 4 – August 4

Kids Challenge Teen Challenge

Summer's the perfect time to experience the people, places, and things that make Illinois and our community unique by reading and learning.

  • Read three or more books and you will be rewarded with a summer reading t-shirt and tickets for several prize drawings.
  • Reading a book related in some way to Illinois will earn you a special blue bonus drawing ticket for a $50 restaurant gift certificate.
  • Summer Reading Challenge participants who also attend any of our "Illinois 200" events will also earn a blue bonus ticket.

Sign up anytime between June 4 and August 4. You wil receive a reading log to keep track of the books & eBooks you've read or listened to (for audiobook fans). The more you read, the more chances you will have to win one of the prize drawings. Full details below…

Lincoln, from Illinios Cardinal perched. State Bird of Illinois SRC 2018 t-shirt


Our Adult Summer Reading Challenge begins on Monday, June 4, 2018 and ends on Saturday, August 4, 2018. Reading logs must be submitted by 5 pm on August 4.

The goal is to have fun while reading your way toward earning tickets for an end-of-summer prize drawing. The more tickets earned, the better the chance of winning a prize. Winners will be announced the week of August 6, 2018. All prizes must be picked up by August 20, 2018.

You will receive one ticket for every three books read. Books may be either fiction or nonfiction and of any genre or subject matter. Ebooks and audiobooks are also acceptable. Books must be at least 100 pages and audiobooks at least three hours long.

One Blue bonus ticket will be awarded for reading any book with a theme, title, author, or setting relating to Illinois. Please circle these extra-credit titles on your reading log. Participants who attend any Illinois 200 event for adults will also receive one blue ticket.

Once you have read at least three books, visit the Adult Reference Desk to receive your ticket(s). The Adult Reference Desk will have a list of the prizes you are eligible to win. Place your ticket(s). in the container(s) labeled with the prize(s) you want to win. There will be separate prize drawings from each container.

Place your completed blue ticket(s) in the container labeled Illinois 200. Winners from this special drawing will receive gift certificates to the Tin Fish Restaurant.

All participants who read at least three books will receive our 2018 Summer Reading Challenge tee-shirt.

There is no limit to the number of books read or tickets awarded.

Happy Reading!