Summer Reading Program

SUPER Summer Reading Fun Awaits

superhero man holding stack of books

Get ready for a "super" summer at the library with our Every Hero Has a Story Summer Reading Program for ages three and up. This is an eight-week program designed to encourage pleasure reading and prevent summer slide--where the lack of reading during summer break causes a decrease in children's reading skills. We are here to help you defeat that evil villain Summer Slider with superhero fun! Registration opens on May 26--right after Memorial Day. Stop at either location to pick up your starting materials. The kids' program is for ages 3-entering grade 5, plus there is a teen program for grades 6-12, and one for adults. The program dates are June 8-July 31. Once you are registered, you can start recording your reading and may turn in your first card as soon as Day 1 of the program.

How does the kids' program work? Weekly cards featuring different types of heroes are available each week. Kids are asked to do six literacy activities listed on the card--at least two hours of reading is required. When six activities are completed, kids return the card to the library. Instead of earning a weekly doodad, kids will be heroes for someone else this year by donating their reading time to raise money for three local charities:

  • Make-A-Wish Foundation--grants wishes to children with a life-threatening illness, and our donation will help fund a wish for a child in the Fox Valley
  • Chances Animal Rescue--a no-kill shelter on Lake Park Road
  • A Very Special Place--an adult day service that helps empower people with physical, behavioral, intellectual, and developmental disabilities and their families to lead fuller lives

The charity with the most votes will receive $500, second place $300, and third place $200. Kids will vote each time they finish a card. 

To add to the fun, we have fifteen grand prizes for kids that we will be giving away at the end of the program. Each time a reading card is turned in, the child will earn an entry into the drawing. To make things even more fun, kids will earn a free book when they complete cards 3, 6, and 8, and they will receive a certificate if they complete all eight weeks.

We also have great family programs all summer on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. plus some Thursday events for tweens (ages 8-12), and Friday events. Check out our brochure or web calendar for more details. Friend us on Facebook for updates as well.

Add some "Pow!" "Bam!" and "Zap!" to your summer by joining the Every Hero Has a Story summer reading program! Increase your reading superpowers and defeat that sinister villain Summer Slider by reading great books from the library. Be a hero for your brain and a hero for those in need--sounds pretty "super," eh?

Children's SLP Grand Prize Winners Announced

science beakers

Congratulation to all of our summer reading grand prize winners! 

1. Science Kits--Ellie D.

2. Dinosaur Laser Pegs--Alex S.

3. LEGO kits--Streeter O.

4. Zoobmobile kit--Mercy T.

5. Robot kits--Nick T.

6. Fun Loom--Caleb M.

7. Wimpy Kid Package--Evelyn V.

8. Princess Package--Olivia V.

9. Games Galore--Connor B.

10. Art Kit--Elora W.

11. Cars Package--Gerrit W.

12. Frozen Package--Evelynn F.

13. Charlie Puppet and Books--Taya H.

14. Water Balloon Set--Ava L.

All winners have been notified. Thank you to everyone who participated in Fizz, Boom, Read! We hope you enjoyed a great summer of science and reading. We had a BLAST!

Last Week of Summer Reading

Where did the summer go?! We are in our last week of our Fizz, Boom, Read summer reading program. The last day to turn in any reading records is Friday, August 1. We will be drawing for all the grand prizes early next week and will post the winners here.

We hope you have been enjoying all the great science shows this summer. Be sure to join us Wednesday, July 30, at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. at the Little Chute Village Hall for Science Day with Mr. J. Mr. Janssen is a science teacher at Little Chute High School, and he will dazzle you with exploding paint cans, a frozen banana hammer, and other fun science demonstrations.We also have an Elephant and Piggie Party on Friday, August 1, at 10:30 a.m. in Kimberly for all our early reading fans of those two silly friends.

Thanks for reading with us this summer, and we hope to see you sometime this week!

Fizz. Boom, Read June 9-August 1


Come join the summer fun at the library! We have weekly prizes from the treasure chest or the book cart, plus kids who check out five or more books earn a grand prize entry. We have fourteen grand prizes to give away at the end of the program:

  1. Be a Scientist—Slime Lab and Glow-in-the Dark Lab  
  2. Be a Paleontologist—Dinosaur Laser Peg Kit
  3. LEGO Engineer—2 LEGO kits 
  4. Zoob-mania—Car Zoobmobile Kit
  5. Mr. Roboto—2 robot kits
  6. Get Crafty—fun loom, bands, and book
  7. Big Wimp—Wimpy Kid game and book
  8. Princess Palooza—3 dolls and book
  9. Games Galore—three card games
  10. Be Artsy—pad, pencil, drawing books
  11.  I <3 Cars—Cars art package and movie
  12.  Frozen Fan—movie, CD, and three books
  13. Chilling with Charlie—dog puppet and 2 books
  14. Get Soaked—water balloon filler and Tick ‘n Tater      

Prizes are on display at the Kimberly Library. Discover great reads to keep your child's brain happy and engaged all summer long. Sign up soon!

Fizz. Boom, Read Summer Reading Program

science flasks with Fizz, Boom, and Read written on them

It's time to gear up for another great summer reading program for ages 3-grade 5! This year's children's theme is centered around science--Fizz, Boom, Read. Kids earn fun prizes and free books by reading for two hours per week throughout the summer. Registration starts on May 27. The program begins June 9 and runs for eight weeks through August 1. Stop by at either location to sign up and pick up your first card.

We also have many fabulous family shows on Wednesdays at 10:30 & 1:30 p.m. plus Friday activities. Science shows, a bubble artist, live animals, and shark art are just a sample of the great programs designed for family fun and engagement. Be sure to check out the website calendar or pick up a program brochure when you register. 

When kids check out five or more books during the program, they will receive a grand prize drawing slip. We have fourteen fabulous grand prizes to give away at the end of the program, including laser pegs, Legos, a Charlie the Ranch Dog puppet, science kits, a fun loom, a Frozen Fan package, and more! Be sure to join the fun this summer and keep your brain engaged with some great reads!