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Summer Reading Program

June 1–July 31, 2021

Color your world this summer with books, new interests, and fun prizes! All ages are welcome to join. Learn how below.

Get the whole household involved and you’ll get an extra prize to keep the fun going all summer long (while supplies last).

📱 Share your summer fun on social media using #mgplsummer


For Youth

Birth through Grade 8

Register online between June 1-30, then get reading! Once you register, we’ll contact you to arrange pickup of your Summer Reading materials either through curbside pickup or at the Summer Reading table inside the Lincoln Avenue entrance (enter from outside).

Pickup Hours

  • Monday-Thursday: 9 am – 8 pm
  • Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Sunday: 1–5 pm

Things to Do

We encourage you to read 20 minutes each day. Record your reading on the back of the reading log by coloring one book for every 20 minutes you read. (Don’t forget that audiobooks and reading together as a family count too.) Color in all the books to complete the program!

Reading Log

Recommendations for Kids page

Fill out and mail the postcards included in your program bag, using the back of the postcard to tell us what you’ve been doing, recommend a book, or draw a picture.

Your postcard is your drawing entry slip, so mark which prize you hope to win.


June prizes

July prizes


Week 1 (June 7-13) - Scavenger Hunt Challenge & Morton Grove Parks Challenge

Week 2 (June 14-20) - Tape Obstacle Course Challenge

Week 3 (June 21-27) - Share A Rainbow Challenge

Week 4 (June 28-July 4) - Building Challenge

Week 5 (July 5-11) - Eat the Rainbow Challenge

Week 6 (July 12-18) - Counting Colors Challenge

Week 7 (July 19-25) - Arts & Crafts Challenge

Week 8 (July 26-31) - I Spy Challenge

Built with differentiated learning in mind, our weekly activities are available as Great challenges (more difficult or time-consuming) and Small challenges (simpler or requiring fewer steps to complete). Weeks with only one activity link contain multiple challenge options to accommodate different interests and developmental abilities. Choose the challenge that is right for you!

Use the supplies provided in your program materials or ones you have at home.

Dates are suggestions for when to do each challenge so you can see other families participating at a similar time.

Take pictures and post on social media as you complete activities using #mgplsummer or email us at so we can see what you’re up to!

For Adults & Teens

Grade 9 and older

Complete the entry form (also available in-person) to let us know about:

  • Books you read
  • Movies and shows you watch
  • Music you listen to
  • Video games you play
  • Library programs you attend

Each submission equals one entry for a chance to win gift cards to local businesses. (For example, reading 10 books counts as 10 separate entries.)

The more you read, listen to, watch, or attend, the better your chances of winning.

Prize drawings will be held on July 1 and August 1.  

Don’t have internet or struggling with screen fatigue?

Call us at 847-965-4220, email, or use the Chat With Us box on the website, and we'll be happy to fill out the entry form for you.