If you’re looking for a reading adventure – and a chance to win prizes – beat a path to a Naperville library – Chicago Tribune

Pack up your camping gear and a favorite book because Naperville Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is back! Now through Aug. 15, you can “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” at the Library.

Campers of all ages are encouraged to register for the Summer Reading Program. You do not need a library card to sign up – just paddle over to your nearest library location or head to www.naperville-lib.org to start your summer reading adventure.

Children can set their own reading goals

The children’s Summer Reading Program is open to children from birth to fifth grade and is a great opportunity for them to hone their early literacy skills even when school is not in session.

Once registered online, children can pick up a Summer Reading Kit at the library, which will include a reading log and prizes for the first three levels of the program. Depending on your child’s age, they can win prizes like stickers, a scarf, a mini Frisbee and more.

With the help of a parent or caretaker, children can set their own daily reading goal. They can choose the number of pages, chapters, minutes or books they aspire to read each day, depending on their age and reading level.

The reading program has four levels with 12 days of daily reading in each level. Once a child has completed a level, they can pick a prize from their kit. Once they’ve filled their entire reading log, children can hike over to Naperville Public Library to pick out their final prize: a brand-new book to keep! They’ll also be entered into the Grand Prize Giveaway for a Summer Reading Program prize basket.

Adults and teens can also join in on the adventure

Adults and teens can create an online account to track their summer reading progress through the Library’s Beanstack platform or print reading logs from the Library’s website.

Teens are encouraged to read 10 minutes a day. For every four hours they read, they’ll earn a prize. Any form of reading is acceptable including audiobooks, graphic novels, eBooks, paper backs and more.

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The adult program is made up of three levels. To complete a level and earn a prize, participants must read three books.

Once each level is complete, adults and teens can pick a new book or other fun outdoor adventure prizes like a cool bandana, a camping mug and more. Prizes can be picked up at each building in-person or via curbside pick-up.

For even s’more fun, c’mon over to the library all summer long for special storytimes and programs.

With the library decked out in camping-themed decorations, we’ve also got plenty of exciting outdoor-themed programs, including a s’more taste-testing program, building a bee hotel and even some nature craft kits that you can do at home .

And while you’re at the library, grab your binoculars and join the hunt for Bigfoot. We’ve heard he’s been exploring the book stacks in the Children’s Department while he waits for you to find him!

We can not wait for you to join us beyond the beaten path this summer at Naperville Public Library.

Ashlee Conour is the marketing specialist at Naperville Public Library.

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