Summer Reading 2021

June 1 - August 15

Summer Reading Challenge: Reading Colors Your World

earth on open book - Reading Colors Your World
  • beanstack iconParticipate online this year using Beanstack.
  • beanstack iconStep 1: Create or log into your Beanstack account using the website or app. Add any additional readers in your household.
  • beanstack iconStep 2: Choose the Summer Reading Challenge 2021.
  • beanstack iconStep 3: Read - the more you read, the more chances you have to earn prizes. Choose any genre or format to count toward the challenge: fiction, nonfiction, graphic novel, e-book, audiobook, or e-audio.
  • beanstack iconStep 4: Track your progress through the summer and earn digital badges. Enter virtual tickets as chances for end-of-season grand prizes.
  • beanstack iconEXTRA: Perform bonus activities and challenges for additional chances for prizes.

Prefer to use a paper reading log? No problem - pick one up at the library or download and print from our website. We have logs for youth, teens, and adults in English and Spanish.

We will notify prize-winners after August 15.

Questions? We are here for you. Stop by the library or call 847-253-5675.

Thanks to the Friends of the Library for their generous sponsorship.

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Reading Colors Your World: Adult Summer Reading 2021

On Beanstack! - Beanstack is software that brings Reading Programs directly to you online. If you participated in either Summer Reading 2020 or Winter Reading 2021, then they have a Beanstack account already.

During Adult Summer Reading, choose for yourself how you will participate: color your world with books of your choosing and/or opt for reading challenges to brighten your reading horizons.

For every book read or activity badge completed, earn a grand prize drawing ticket.

  • Blue and green earth iconChoose books to read, including graphic novels, young adult books, nonfiction, fiction, Playaways, audiobooks, e-books, and e-audio.
  • Blue and green earth iconPick and choose activity and reading challenges to complete. Go in any order you like.
  • Blue and green earth iconComplete a category (or badge) and earn a drawing ticket for the grand prize drawing.
  • Blue and green earth iconComplete four categories and earn a book-themed tote or a treat while supplies last. Stop by the Fiction/AV/Teen desk on the second floor or South Branch to pick up your choice of a treat.
  • We will notify prize winners after August 15, 2021.

Questions? Send us an email us at or call at 847-253-5675 (South Branch 847-590-4090) for personalized reading recommendations, challenge suggestions, or help finding books online.

Reading Logs


  • Blue and green earth iconTaste of Southside Mount Prospect - Gift cards to La Michoacana, Los Compadres, Cho Dang Tofu, and Rosati's
  • Blue and green earth iconMariano's Gift Card
  • Blue and green earth iconCentral Continental Bakery and Starbucks Gift Cards
  • Blue and green earth iconColor Your World Bundle - 72 count Sharpies pack and a Paint Pour Kit
  • Blue and green earth iconTarget Gift Card

Earn rewards along the way too! You’ll be notified in Beanstack when you are eligible and may come claim either at Fiction-AV-Teen Services or at the South Branch.

  • After logging one book - earn a small treat!
  • After completing any 4 badges - earn a Bookish Tote or a Treat

Not Yet Registed in Beanstack? It's Easy!

  • Follow the prompts at the top of this page.
  • When asked to enter a grade level, scroll to the bottom of the list to select Adult.

Prefer not to participate online? Contact the Fiction-AV-Teen Services desk by calling (847)590-4070 for other options. To request a paper log in Spanish, call 847/590-4090 para español.

For personalized reading recommendations, challenge category suggestions, or help finding books online, ask HERE.


For Grades 6 – 12

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Cartoon Purple Dragon

Are you Team Corgi or Team Dragon?

Read to earn prizes and bring your team to victory! Sign up to track your reading and earn fun digital badges! Every book read earns an entry into weekly drawings, a grand prize drawing ticket, and a point for your team. Earn a free book that you keep after completing any four badges!

  • Cartoon Purple Dragon iconChoose books to read, including graphic novels, nonfiction, fiction, Playaways®, audiobooks, e-books, and e-audio.
  • Cartoon Purple Dragon iconPick and choose activity and reading challenge badges to complete. Go in any order you like.
  • Cartoon Purple Dragon iconComplete a badge and earn a drawing ticket for the grand prize drawing. Complete as many badges for tickets as you can!
  • Cartoon Purple Dragon iconComplete four badges and earn a free book to keep.
  • Cartoon Purple Dragon iconWe will notify prize winners after August 15, 2021.

Reading Logs

  • Cartoon Corgi iconTeen Reading Log
  • Cartoon Corgi iconRegistro de lectura para Adolecentes.
  • Prizes

    Earn a free book that you keep after completing any four badges! You get to choose from these 15 options

    Each badge you complete also earns a virtual ticket for the grand prize drawings:

    • Blue and green earth iconAmazon Gift Card
    • Blue and green earth iconArt Kit - Sharpies and Paint Pour Craft Supplies
    • Blue and green earth iconTreats Around Mt. Prospect- gift cards to local restaurants, including Starbucks, Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, Capannari Ice Cream, Wing Stop, and La Michoacana.


For grades 5 and younger.

  • Cartoon Blue CrayonAdd color to your world this summer with summer reading! Read whatever you want to earn chances to win prizes, like a Nintendo Switch Lite!
  • Cartoon Blue CrayonCount the days you read or when someone reads to you. Once you read for 30 days, you will earn a prize drawing entry and a free book.
  • Cartoon Blue CrayonKeep reading to the end of the program and earn extra entries for the prize drawings.
  • Cartoon Blue CrayonIt’s easy to start! Pick up or download a reading log to track your reading or use the Beanstack app or website ( Be sure to visit the Main Library or South Branch to check in for prizes.
  • Cartoon Blue CrayonNew this summer, kids can help us reach our community goal to read for 30,000 days. Each day you read helps us reach our goal!

Reading Logs

Grand Prizes

Read at least 30 days to receive a free book and a ticket for the Grand Prize drawing. Choose one of these four prizes to be entered for a chance to win!

  • Cartoon Orange Crayon“Switch” It Up: Nintendo Switch Lite + game
  • Cartoon Orange CrayonIt’s a Colorful Life: Baby/toddler toys and books + gift card to Emerson’s
  • Cartoon Orange CrayonMaker Madness: Build and create with Tie dye kit, Terrarium kit, LEGOs and more.
  • Cartoon Orange CrayonWorld Explorer: Games and treats from around the world.

What Colors Your World?

Read, discover, and create things that color your world. Feel free to complete the activities as listed, tailor them to your family, or come up with your own ways to explore the themes. Grown-ups can help even the littlest readers participate. For more activities and inspiration, visit the Kids at Home blog and the Reading Recommendations page.

Let’s discover together! Share photos of your creations and experiences on our Summer Reading Padlet board.

  • Cartoon Crayon IconMy Favorite Things: What is your favorite thing to do? Share it with a friend or family member.
  • Cartoon Crayon IconMy Family: Ask a family member to share with you one of their favorite books from when they were your age.
  • Cartoon Crayon IconFood: Try a food from a different culture. Order from a restaurant or try a recipe with a cookbook from the library. What did you try? Did you like it?
  • Cartoon Crayon IconNature: Go on a walk in a special outdoor spot, like the beach, park, or woods. See how many different colors you can find in nature.
  • Cartoon Crayon IconCommunity: Explore Mount Prospect with a walking tour-- downtown story walk, Historical Society, or one of the many parks in the Village.
  • Cartoon Crayon IconThe Arts: Make a scene from a book come to life by writing, illustrating, making music, or acting it out. Get creative!
  • Cartoon Crayon IconMyself: Create a self-portrait and hang it on your fridge or in the window.

New to Beanstack?

These resources will help you get started with Beanstack. Create a Beanstack account and track your progress online or with the app!

Creating an account in the app

Creating an account online

More How-to Videos for the Mobile App


Desafío de lectura de verano: Leer le da color a tu mundo

Del 1 de junio al 15 de agosto

Participe usando Beanstack:

  • Blue and green earth iconPaso 1: Cree o acceda a su cuenta de Beanstack utilizando el sitio web o la aplicación. Agregue los lectores adicionales de su hogar.
  • Blue and green earth iconPaso 2: Elija el Desafío de lectura de verano 2021.
  • Blue and green earth iconPaso 3: Lea: cuanto más lea, más posibilidades tendrá de ganar premios. Elija cualquier género o formato para leer y ser contado para el desafío: ficción, no ficción, novela gráfica, libro electrónico, audiolibro o audio electrónico.
  • Blue and green earth iconPaso 4: Realice un seguimiento de su progreso durante el verano y gane insignias digitales. Ingrese boletos virtuales como oportunidades para los grandes premios al final del desafío.
¿Prefiere utilizar un registro de lectura en papel? No hay problema: consiga uno en la biblioteca o descárguelo e imprímalo aquí:

Notificaremos a los ganadores de los premios después del 15 de agosto.

Notificaremos a los ganadores de premios después del 15 de agosto.

Para obtener más información, pase por la biblioteca o llame al 847-253-5675 (Extensión del Sur 847-590-4090).