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Colorful teal, orange and royal blue logo reads '100 Years of Summer Reading Park Ridge Public Library' with the number 100 appearing as birthday candles.

Whether you’re planning to read picture books to your newborn, are a high school student who loves a good dystopian novel, a busy parent who prefers audiobooks, or just someone who has always loved to read, we invite you to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Summer Reading at the Park Ridge Library with us!

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Stop in the Library and sign up at Reader Services (for adults), in The Teen Loft or in Children’s Services. This year, children can get a Refer a Grown-Up card at the Children’s desk and bring their favorite adult upstairs to get them signed up as well. Every child who uses a referral card will be entered into a separate prize drawing to win a $25 gift card.


Kids from birth to 6th grade earn tickets for chances to win prizes for every 10 days of reading logged. Every child who logs 30 days of reading receives a prize book! Keep reading through August 10 to earn more tickets and chances to win. Click below to meet our Summer Reading mascot and learn how you can celebrate all summer with us.

Learn More – Kids

GRADES 6 – 12

Readers from sixth grade through high school can earn a virtual raffle ticket to win prizes for every 10 days they read, and win a prize book after 30 logged days. They can earn more virtual raffle tickets by attending programs, doing activities, or logging past 30 days. Click below to meet our Summer Reading Teen Loft mascot and learn more about the phenomenal prizes you could win at the end of the summer!

Learn More – Teens


Adults are challenged to finish four books in specific categories by August 10 to win a limited edition tote bag. Those who continue reading or complete special activities can earn a chance for a bonus prize. Click below to learn more about the reading challenges and activities.

Learn More – Adults



Black and white grainy image of Park Ridge Librarian Frances Holbrook
Frances Holbrook, c. 1924

In 1924, then-Head Librarian Frances Holbrook initiated the Summer Reading program to inspire kids to read over the summer. The program was originally called the Vacation Reading Club. Later, during WWII, the club was renamed the Victory Reading Club. The name of the program may have changed through the years, but the goal to get people excited to read never changed and continues to grow every summer since.

Today, the program is open to readers of all ages and draws more than 2,000 participants.

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