Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 3:00pm

Summer Reading has wrapped up for the year, and we are happy to announce that over 1,284 people participated in the program this year, including 481 adults, 212 teens, 562 youth, and 39 babies. With more than 700 people finishing the program by reaching their goal, our readers were able to earn a $1,500 Read to Feed donation that will be provided to the Northfield Township Food Pantry.

Here are some more impressive stats:

  • Kids and teens participants read a combined total of 13,987 days
  • Adult participants read a total of 2,356 books and submitted 207 reviews

Each year, we provide a Summer Reading program, which usually involves a day of special kick-off activities at the library and events and fun throughout the summer to encourage people to read and to visit the building. However, this year, like everywhere else, we have had to tailor the experience to be more virtual, and less in-person. 

We still enjoyed a Summer Reading kickoff event for adults featuring a virtual discussion with local author, Robert Kurson, as well as a virtual concert featuring a popular children's performer, and we adjusted our program to make it easy to participate from home by providing printable logs and a way to log reading online or through an app. 

We know it was a challenge, but we were so impressed at how many people participated and were able to reach their goal. We were also happy to be able to help raise money for the Northfield Township Food Pantry, which helps local families in need and provides such an important service in the community. For that, we also need to thank our Summer Reading Sponsors.

Summer Reading Read to Feed Sponsors

Friends of the Library       

Other Summer Reading Sponsors

George Garner Cyclery

Bike donation for our Youth Summer Reading program

Local businesses that supplied prizes or coupons:

Culvers, Dairy Queen, Dunkin,' Chicago Dogs, City Barbeque, Game on! Sports 4 Girls, and McDonald's, Book Bin, Georgie V’s, Little Louie’s, Marcello’s, Max and Benny’s, Northbrook Ace Hardware, Sunset Foods