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Libraries open summer reading programs on Monday

The Homewood and Flossmoor Public Libraries open their summer reading programs on Monday, June 3, with something special for readers of all ages.

Residency is not a restriction. Both libraries invite readers from outside their service area to join in the activities.

“Adventure Begins at Your Library” is the theme for the Homewood library’s summer reading program that runs through July 31. The library’s kickoff event is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 8.

Printed books, audio and e-readers all qualify for the program. Reading goals will be measured in minutes.

Reading is the important part, but the library staff recognizes that summer is a time for outdoor fun. For example, going for a walk at the Izaak Walton Preserve is one of the challenges that can earn points.

Register through the Beanstack app on the library’s website at homewoodlibrary.org. While there isn’t a reading list to follow, librarians will be available to offer suggestions.

Flossmoor welcomes all readers to come to the library the week of June 3 to register for its summer reading program and get a Summer Reading T-shirt. Two options are available for young readers: Paper Bingo that comes with activities, or the Reader Zone app with 20 challenges to choose from.

In the youth section, readers will be grouped as birth to age 5, grades 1-5 and grades 6-12. Depending on how many challenges are met, readers can win a family pass to the Shedd Aquarium or the Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn, or a Nintendo Switch. Coupons from local businesses also will be available.

Adults will be asked to keep a log, and those who read at least four books will be eligible for a ballot that can be used to win prizes. The grand prize is a membership to the Art Institute of Chicago. Participates in library programming can also earn ballots used for prizes.

At the time of registration, each adult will receive a succulent plant, while supplies last.

Details are on the library’s website at flossmoorlibrary.org.

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