LVDL’s moving, but our summer reading program is staying. Join us to Read on the Move!

Lake Villa District Library is on the move and we want you to join us! Make reading a daily habit ... and discover how much fun an activity becomes when you add a book! Here’s how our summer reading program works:

  • Visit the Youth or Adult Services Desks to pick up a reading log. Registration for summer reading starts Monday, June 10th and runs through August 31st..
  • Read (or be read to) 20 days this summer. We suggest reading 20 minutes a day, but you set your own daily goal. When you complete 20 days, come in to get a prize! You'll also earn raffle tickets at 10 and 20 days for more chances to win!
  • Do fun activities. Want to earn more raffle tickets? Do fun activities related to reading, the library, and community! There are activities to choose from on the back of your reading log, but if you'd like more, see below! 

Remember, summer reading is for all ages (including pre-readers)! Get everyone in your house to join the fun!

 


More Activity Ideas

  • Find one of your favorite books at the library or at your home and take a picture of you holding it.
  • Check out a craft book, make a craft, take a picture of it and show library staff.
  • Read a picture book backwards—start with the last page and end with the first page.
  • Start a book log/journal. Write down all the titles you read, and you can even write down why you did or didn’t like each book.
  • Read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and make a caterpillar or butterfly craft to celebrate the book’s 50th anniversary.
  • Write down a list of books you’d like to read over summer vacation.
  • Find things in the world that are the colors of the rainbow.
  • Make a card to send to someone.
  • Make a paper hat, or wear a silly hat, and read a book with “HAT” in the title (Some suggestions: I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen; The Hat by Jan Brett; The Hat by Holly Keller; Red Hat by Lita Judge; Old Hat by Emily Gravett).
  • Smile and say hello to everyone you meet today.
  • Make some a reading rock--find a rock outside and paint it with a reading theme ("Libraries Rock!").
  • Read a wordless picture book and make up words to go with the pictures (Some suggestions: The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney; Chicken and Cat by Sara Varon; Skunk on a String by Thao Lam; The Giant Seed by Arthur Geisert).
  • Visit an author’s website for fun activities! 
  • Read a version of the story "Jack and the Beanstalk." Plant some bean seeds in a cup or outside. Take care of your seed and watch it grow!
  • Going on a car trip? See how many road signs, you can read as you can in 30 minutes.
  • Read in a tub without water.
  • Donate to a homeless shelter (books, socks, soap, toothbrushes).
  • Read into a pretend microphone (hairbrush, spatula, banana).
  • If you're at a restaurant, read the whole menu (then eat something yummy).
  • Read a non-fiction book about a mammal.
  • Have fun with flashlights!  Use flashlights to track print while reading a book.
  • Read books about shapes or patterns, then look for some in your world!  (Some suggestions: Shapes by Sara Pistoia; Patterns in the Snow by Clark Sawyer; Shapes by Joanna Brundle; Patterns Outside by Daniel Nunn).
  • Write a letter to an author.
  • Createa book scavenger hunt for your kids by hiding items related to a book; hunt and then guess the book title when all of the items are found.
  • Share the joy of reading!  Donate some of your old books to a library, neighbor, doctor’s office, hospital, homeless shelter, Bernie’s Book Bank, Goodwill, etc.
  • Swap a book with a friend, read, and talk about it together.
  • Create a book club with your family members or friends.
  • Have a reading sleepover with popcorn, flashlights, and books.
  • Read Manga.
  • Create a “WANTED” poster describing a book character.
  • Send a postcard to a family member telling them about your favorite book.
  • Get some friends and act out a favorite story.
  • Check out a favorite book and try to draw/copy the cover art.
  • Think about a book character that you would most like to have for a friend. Talk to a family member about who and why.
  • Write all of the upper and lower case letters of the alphabet in your best handwriting.
  • Draw your favorite character as a superhero!
  • Put your friends or family in a circle, and toss a ball to each person. Tell a story as you play--whoever has the ball adds the next part of the story.
  • Read a book of riddles. See if your friends can guess your riddle!
  • Read a book of nursery rhymes with your toddler. Sing or make hand gestures to go with the rhymes.
  • Read books that you can sing (Some suggestions: This Little Light of Mine  by Raffi; The Itsy Bitsy Spider by Hazel Quintanilla; If You’re Happy And You Know It by Jan Ormerod).
  • Donate to a local animal shelter--contact the shelter to find out their particular needs.
  • Do a helpful job at home (dust, make beds, wash dishes).
  • Use magnetic letters to copy the words you see in a book.
  • Read a Dr. Seuss book. Find as many rhyming word pairs as you can.
  • Go on a word hunt. Have an adult make a list of 5-10 words. Hunt for the words at home, at the library, on signs, at restaurants.
  • Read a book about another culture.
  • Read a book about a science projects and try one at home.
  • Ride your bike to a park and read.

Want to learn a fingerplay? 

  • Try Tell Me a Story, a great online resource from the King County Library System (Washington State), featuring dozens of fingerplays with video.
  • Want to learn rhymes and fingerplays from around the world? Try this wonderful resource from the Vernon Area Public Library!