How does everything work?
  • The program is free and open to the public, with or without a Jacksonville Public Library card. While a library card is needed to check items out, anyone can attend events and fill out a reading log.
  • You can read any book you would like as long as it is at your reading level. Any format is acceptable:  audiobooks, e-books, print books.
  • The reading log is simple! Please write the title of the book read by or to the child. Then, write a short review of the book. It can be as simple as "loved it" or "hated it." 
  • There are three sections to your reading log. Each section has space for seven book reviews. After you finish each separate section, you can come in to pick up a prize (three prizes in total). After all sections are completed, you are entered to win the Grand Prize!
  • The Pre-K reading log is slightly different. There are several activities for you and your child to do together. These activities are suggestions for fun and educational entertainment. You may substitute the suggested activities with your own or simply read more books. 
  • Anyone who completes their reading log will be entered to win the Grand Prize. The prizes will be awarded at the Closing Party on Saturday, July 27th at 10 a.m. You must be present to win.

Grand Prizes Sponsored by McDonald's and Miss Polly
  • K-5th Grade:  Trip for four to Chicago on Amtrak and passes to the museum of your choice
  • Pre-K:  Gift certificate to Miss Polly's Music Class 

Summer Reading Events for Kids

Here you’ll find a list of our upcoming summer reading events for kids to attend. There are multiple events each week that are free and open to the public.  This year, we’ll discover brave new worlds, where there is A Universe of Stories to read! If you would like more detailed information on the events, please check the library's Facebook page or call 217-243-5435 with any questions.

Recurring Events
  • Every Wednesday at 9:15 a.m.:  Garden Club—Learn to plant vegetables and flowers in the community garden
  • Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.:  Story Time
  • Every Thursday at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m.:  Craft Days (Registration required; If you have a group of 6 or more children, please sign up for the 9:30 craft)
  • Every Friday at 10:15 a.m.:  Lap Sit for kids up to five years old—time to learn, play and socialize!
  • Every Friday at 2:30 p.m.:  Lego Club—let your imagination run wild with Legos

Special Events
  • Tuesday, June 11 at 10 a.m.:  Opening Party with Magician Jim Perry
  • Saturday, June 15 at 10 a.m.:  Stir It Up—A cooking class for kids and their parents (Registration Required)
  • Monday, June 17 at 9 a.m.:  Movie Morning for Kids—Star Wars Episode IV:  A New Hope
  • Tuesday, June 18 at 10 a.m.:  Mad Science Moon Show—Learn all about the moon!
  • Monday, June 24 at 10 a.m.:  STEM Session—Learn how to build a rocket! (Registration Required)
  • Tuesday, June 25 at 10 a.m.:  Absolute Science Bubble Show
  • Saturday, June 29 at 10 a.m.:  Family Party—Astronaut training, space races and more!
  • Saturday, June 29 at 3:30 p.m.:  Miss Mallory’s Art and Sensory Time—Get messy while exploring your senses with paint, slime and more! (for kids up to five years old)
  • Monday, July 1 at 9 a.m.:  Movie Morning for Kids—Star Trek (1979)
  • Tuesday, July 2 at 10 a.m.:  Really READ-iculous—Fun stories just for you!
  • Monday, July 8 at 10 a.m.:  STEM Session—Learn how to build a moon lander and rover. (Registration Required)
  • Tuesday, July 9 at 10 a.m.:  Real Beal’s One Man Band—Unique music from a husband and wife duo that know how to start a party like you’re never seen!
  • Saturday, July 13 at 10 a.m.:  Angry Birds Space Fling—Use a slingshot and catapult to fling Angry Birds and take down those annoying pigs!
  • Monday, July 15 at 9 a.m.:  Movie Morning for Kids—Muppets from Space
  • Tuesday, July 16 at 10 a.m.:  Leonardo the Musician—Great musician with a real love for the special needs community
  • Saturday, July 20 at 10 a.m.:  Stir It Up—A cooking class for kids and their parents (Registration Required)
  • Monday, July 22 at 10 a.m.:  STEM Session—Learn how to make a robotic hand! (Registration Required)
  • Tuesday, July 23 at 10 a.m.:  Chef Bananas—Former chef turned magician who will be here to amaze and entertain you!
  • Saturday, July 27 at 10 a.m.:  Summer Reading Closing Party—Who doesn’t love an ice cream social? Get a sugar rush and see who wins the Grand Prize!