Get off the beaten path this summer and explore new worlds with our Summer Reading Clubs! Our reading clubs for all ages are a great way to expand your reading, connect with the library community, and make sharing books part of your routine. Adults, teens, and children of all ages can join a Summer Reading Club running through August 31.
Summer Reading Clubs are open to all. Reading Clubs are funded by the Friends of the Wilmette Public Library.
Get off of the beaten path this summer! Complete four suggested activities by August 31 to receive a free book. Your activities can be in any combination: read four books, attend four programs, or any combination that meets your interests! When you've completed your four activities, fill out and submit an activity log to receive a free book. Paper activity logs can be picked up at the library, or you can fill out our online reporting form.
You can do any combination of these activities to complete the program:
- Read or listen to a book
- Attend a library book club
- Attend a Wilmette 150 event
- Attend an Armchair Travels program
- Attend any library program of your choice
- Use of the library's online resources
- Read a post on the library's blog and include which one you read
- Sign up for our online newsletter
Adult Summer Reading is open to Wilmette cardholders only. Fill out only the paper form or the online form; one prize per person.
Teens entering grade 8 and up.
This summer, you choose what path to take to complete our Teen Summer Reading Program. You can complete the whole program online (Path A) and get a digital gift card to The Book Stall, or you can pick up a log at the library and do a combination of reading and attending library programs to get a free book (Paths B & C.) We have an amazing selection of new, hardcover YA books published in 2022. It’s up to you!
Path A: This path is all digital. Read two books this summer and submit one review with our online form.
Path B: Pick up a log at the Adult Services desk or download it here. Read a total of 20 hours this summer. For each hour you read, check off a box on the log. After 20 hours, turn in your log to the Adult Services desk.
Path C: Pick up a log at the Adult Services desk or download it here. Read 10 hours this summer and attend one library program (virtual or in-person). Fill out the log and turn it into the Adult Services desk.
Babies-kids entering grade 8.
Read Beyond the Beaten Path this summer by joining Summer Reading Club! Children of all ages can log their daily reading or complete literacy-boosting activities to earn free books. Pick up a reading log in Youth Services or download one using the button to the right.
Read for as many minutes as you like, and all kinds of reading count: books, ebooks, comics, magazines, audiobooks…even books read to you by a grownup!
Starting June 20: Visit the Summer Reading Club booth in Youth Services to show progress on your log, talk about your favorite books, and check out the week’s activity in the Nature Exploration Station. When you’ve completed 20 days of reading and activities on your log, visit the booth again and pick out your free book!
When you visit the library you can also cast a vote for the Big Library Takeover! Summer Reading Club members will choose who will take over the library for a special, silly weekend in September: Butterflies, Bees or Spiders? You decide!