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2019 Kids Summer Reading Challenge

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The kids summer reading challenge is open to all ages birth to entering Grade 5.  There are reading challenge for teens and adults as well.

How to Sign Up

You can sign up for the summer reading challenge at the Youth Services Desk on the second floor starting Monday, June 3.  You will receive a reading log, coupons to local businesses, and a Tinley Park Public Library drinking cup.  You can sign up any time between Monday, June 3 and Saturday, August 3.  However, it might be difficult to complete the full challenge the later you sign up.

How it Works

The kids summer reading challenge is divided into two groups, each with different reading requirements and sets of prizes.  Each reading log is composed of two levels with a prize for completing each one.  You may read anything you'd like, but we highly recommend reading books at your reading level.  After all, it is supposed to be a challenge!  

Children birth through age 4 will read a specified number of books per level.  Those who are unable to read on their own will count books read to them by a parent or caregiver.

Kids entering grades 3-5 will read for a specified number of hours (split into increments of 20 minutes) per level.

Kids entering grades K-2 have the option to either read by books or by hours, depending on their reading comfort level.  Those who are reading picture books or easy readers may want to read by books, while those who have begun reading chapter books may want to read by hours.

If you complete both levels before Saturday, August 3, you will be eligible to enter into one of the grand prize drawings.  You can check out the prizes you can win below. If you finish early, you have the option to complete a bonus sheet for additional drawing tickets.  Each participant will receive one reading log and one bonus sheet for the whole summer.  To strengthen reading skills and encourage the enjoyment of reading, we highly recommend pacing the accomplishment of your reading goals across as many weeks of the summer reading challenge as possible.

Learn and Groove Musical Mat Prize Makers' Slime and Building kit prize Marvel Fans Prize Farming Toys Prize Gummy Candy Maker Prize
Unicorns and other Crafts prize Coding Bot Prize Garden themed toys Prize Outdoor Fun Prize Marble Run and LEGO Chain Reaction Prize