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Read to Color Your World

Posted: June 2, 2021

By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

One of the things we’ve learned in the pandemic is that time is fickle. Sometimes it drags, sometimes it flies by… and suddenly it’s June. School is officially out for the summer and 2021 Summer Reading is almost here! Registration begins Monday, June 7. If the Glen Ellyn community reaches our combined reading goal of 40,000 points, the Friends of the Library and the Glen Ellyn Library Foundation will each donate $1,000 to World Relief.

The goal of our theme, Read to Color Your World, is to highlight and celebrate cultures around the world, including groups served by World Relief, and the culture of Frida Kahlo, whose works will be displayed in the Frida Kahlo: Timeless exhibition presented by the Cleve Carney Museum of Art and the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

Your goal is to read 20 minutes each day between Monday, June 7 and Friday, August 6. You can log your reading using the Youth Log in the Summer issue of The Guide, or using the Beanstack Tracker app. Earn prizes at 5, 10, and 15 hours of reading. Prizes will be sent to the e-mail address associated with your Beanstack account. Picking up your book prize will look different this year. Prize books will be available at the Youth Desk after Friday, July 16.  

You can earn virtual drawing slips by completing Global Explorer activity badges! These activities are designed to help you explore the world around you. Two drawing winners from Pre-Reader, Youth, and Middle School-age groups will be selected on the following Mondays: June 21, July 12, and August 9. Winners will be notified by email. A new Global Explorer activity badge will be available each Monday.

We loved seeing your pictures last year, so if you make a fun creation, please send us a picture! Email photos of completed activities to or post a photo with #GlenEllynPL for a chance to be featured on our social media channels.

On Monday, June 14, we are having a Frozen Custard (Safely) Social! It’s our 15th year offering a cold treat to celebrate the start of summer reading. This year we’re offering a coupon for a free small vanilla or chocolate cone from Andy’s Frozen Custard, while supplies last. Drive to the library, and members of the Library Board of Trustees will distribute coupons through your car window. Thank you to Andy’s Frozen Custard Glen Ellyn for their generous donation!