Friday, June 19, 2020 - 5:15pm

Summer Reading

Summer Reading is back with a theme designed to help readers of all ages dig deeper starting Tuesday, July 1.  

In spite of the many changes that have occurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Summer Reading program is poised to bring some fun and relief this summer. Unlike previous years, however, we will not be asking you to visit the building to sign up or log your reading. This year, participants can sign up and log progress online, via email or by phone

“I am happy to say that the core of the Summer Reading program will stay the same. Adults can enter the number of books they have read, teens and school-aged kids have the goal of reading every day, and babies and preschoolers can engage with their family on early literacy skills. And, we still have prizes!” said Kelly Durov, Youth Services Manager.  

In addition, the library is excited to announce its new Read to Feed initiative, which will provide a donation to the Northfield Township Food Pantry for each Summer Reading participant who completes the program. Read to Feed is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the First Bank of Highland Park.

Another change this year was a push to support local businesses by purchasing gift cards as prizes. “We felt very strongly about supporting local businesses and looked for ways we could do that in a meaningful way,” said Maggie Thomann, Fiction & Media Manager. “Many of these small  businesses have been very supportive of the program in the past.” 

Kick-off Summer Reading Fun with our Special Events for Kids and Adults on July 1

We invite you to kick off Summer Reading with a live online celebration starting with the chance for kids to rock out with Grammy-nominated singer Justin Roberts, who will perform a concert for families on Wednesday, July 1 at 11:00am

Later that evening, bestselling author Robert Kurson will help people dive into great reads with reading suggestions and book giveaways. This program will be held on Wednesday, July 1 at 7:00pm

Advance registration is required for all our library’s live online events. To register, visit or call 847-272-6224.

Visit the Summer Reading web page