Kids at Home with MPPL

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Summer Reading Challenge

Ready, set, read! Rev up your summer and read a little each day. Read on your own or with your family and track your progress to earn digital badges and chances to win great prizes. Earn a Grand Prize ticket for every 10 days, plus a new book for every 30 days you read! Switch gears with creative challenges for the whole family in 18 different Activity Badges.

For more information and helpful links, visit MPPL’s Summer Reading webpage.

Family Friday: Go Noodle

GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home is a free online resource that provides tons of ways for kids and families to be active, stay mindful, and keep on learning! You will find:

  • Movement, yoga, and mindfulness videos
  • Downloadable curricular activities
  • Recommended off-screen home activities

You can also create a free account on Go Noodle to access dozens of movement activities and songs to help with sensory and motor skills, social-emotional learning, and even math facts. If you are missing camp this summer, we recommend the Moose Tube channel on Go Noodle for a little fun with call and response. Click below to try “Fried Ham.”

And for more activity ideas, check out this page.

Be Our Pen Pal

We would love to hear from you! Email us at to get some letter writing practice, share stories, and ask us questions. Ask Youth staff for a book recommendation, or about their favorite school subject, color, dessert, animal, or anything that you would like to know. Share a story you read or even one that you wrote! Tell us a joke or attach a picture that you drew.

Send emails to Youth Services at and we’ll respond within a day or two. We love to hear from everyone and see what you have been up to!

Want to make sure you don’t miss any of the great things we’re sharing? Sign up for our Library Fun at Home Newsletter to stay in touch!

Art for Alden Gardens

Try this activity to create art at home and also brighten someone’s day! MPPL is partnering with Alden Gardens, an assisted living facility in Des Plaines, to help kids and senior citizens connect through art. Here’s how it works:

Pages will be held until safe to distribute. Coloring page ideas:  Every Child a Reader Coloring PageCrayola Coloring PagesHello Kids Coloring Pages

If you would like service credit for this project, please contact the Volunteen Coordinators, Claire ( or Amy (