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Joliet Library: Source for Free Summer Events!

sheila ST

Last year approximately 4,000 children, teens, and adults participated in Joliet Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Program, an event intended to promote literacy and encourage a love of reading!

From June 1 to July 28 the public is again invited to read books for fun, attend free programs, and submit reading logs for a chance to receive prizes that include coupons, books, gift cards, gift baskets, and electronics.

Children from birth to 6th grade are encouraged to read, or be read to, one or more books, fill out and turn in a reading log beginning June 4 to be registered in the program. One log can be submitted per week to receive small prizes or coupons. Children who turn in at least one log before June 20 will receive tickets to attend the Hawaiian Block Party outside the Main Library which will include live music, hula dancing, and many activities. Children who turn in four or more logs will receive a free paperback book and tickets to a private Splash Station party.

Research shows that children who read during summer break have more improved reading scores than children who don’t spend time reading, but if that’s not enough incentive, the weekly prizes, party and free tickets to Splash Station are sure to motivate the most reluctant reader! There are many other fun events scheduled throughout the summer so stop by either the Main Library or Black Road Branch to pick up a brochure or visit to view the brochure online.

Students who are in 6th to 12th grade can register for the Teen Summer Reading Program by visiting There will be details and instructions on how the program works. For those who don’t have access to a computer, registration can be completed by visiting the Youth Services desk at either location. Teens will complete a reading log and review, to be eligible to receive prizes such as free books, a teen only final party, and a drawing for a Kindle, IPod Nano, $25 gift cards for iTunes, Game Stop, Barnes and Noble, and gift baskets. For specific details and a complete list of teen events, please visit the Youth Services department or

Adults can register by reading three books then filling out and turning in a reading log at the Circulation desk. Readers will be automatically entered in a bi-weekly drawing for a prize basket valued at $50 each. There is no limit to how many logs can be submitted, so have fun reading! All entries are eligible for a grand prize drawing at the end of the program. First prize is a $100 Jewel gift card, second prize is a $75 Target gift card, and third prize is a $50 Speedway gift card. Readers must be 18 years or older to participate. In addition, everyone is invited to attend “Dominate Your Barbecue Grill,” by Chef Michael Niksic on Saturday, July 14, 12:00 p.m. at the Black Road Branch. Food samples will be provided! A separate registration will be required to attend this event.

Logs for all three groups can be picked up and turned in at the appropriate department at either the Main Library at 150 N. Ottawa Street or the Black Road Branch at 3395 Black Road, Joliet.

For more information about the Summer Reading Program, call the Joliet Public Library at (815) 740-2660 or visit for specific dates and times. Participation in the Children’s, Teen, or Adult Summer Reading Program is free and does not require a library card or Joliet residency. This program is funded in part by the Friends of the Joliet Public Library.

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