Reading is fun with Naperville Public Library’s Summer Reading Program

There’s still time for children to join in fun reading activities and earn prizes as well as the chance to win a Kindle Fire during Naperville Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Program.

“Our program gives children the opportunity to stay connected to reading over the summer in a way that’s fun and rewarding,” says Louise Brueggemann, Children’s Supervisor at the 95th Street Library. “This year’s theme of “Have Book – Will Travel” lets kids participate at the library, at home, or on the road.”

The Rubber Ducky Club is for babies up to 35 months. Each registered child will receive a Rubber Ducky reading log with suggestions for 12 early literacy activities. Completing activities one through six is rewarded with a small prize and coupon. Starting July 1, reading logs can be turned in for activities six through 12 and prizes for completion are a board book and coupon. Completion of all levels will be accepted through July 28. A parent is required to have a Naperville Library card to register for this program; non-Naperville residents can join the program for a $5 fee.

The Kids Summer Reading Program is for children from age three through fifth grade. Participants receive a reading log in which they color in portions for every 30 minutes of reading they complete. Each completed part can be turned in for a coupon. Children must have a Naperville Library card to register; non-Naperville residents can join the program for a $5 fee.

Attending a Library program is just one way for children to log reading time. Read2gether is an open, drop-in program that matches up young readers with a teen volunteer to practice reading aloud. Please check the library website for specific date and time.

Riverwalk Storytimes are fun for the whole family. Each week, Children’s staff present stories, songs and a puppet show at the Riverwalk Amphitheater.
Evening on the Riverwalk is held from 7 to 7:45 p.m. on Tuesdays through August 6. Picnic on the Riverwalk takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Wednesdays through August 7. The Wednesday lunchtime program is a repeat of the Tuesday evening program. These programs are presented in partnership with the Naperville Park District.

Prizes can be redeemed at the Children’s Department at any NPL location. All prizes are available while supplies last. Each time a prize is awarded the participant will be entered into a raffle for a Kindle Fire.

Thursday, July 25, is the last day to register. Completed reading logs can be turned in for prizes through Sunday, July 28.

NPL’s Summer Reading Program is for readers of all ages. Teens and adult Naperville Library cardholders are invited to join by July 25. Prizes include a choice of coupon or book, as well as chances to win a Kindle Fire.

Naperville residents can sign up online at: or by visiting the library. Non-Naperville residents are welcome to participate for a nominal fee of $5.