Summer Reading Goals
- Beanstack (Online)
- Pre-Reader Log (PDF)
- Youth Log (PDF)
- Middle School Log (PDF)
- Independent Log (PDF)
GEPL Reads for SCARCE
May 29 through September 2
Register Online via Beanstack or at the 2nd Floor and Youth Information Desks
For the past five years, the Glen Ellyn Public Library has tied the Summer Reading program to a philanthropic cause — embracing the volunteer spirit of the community — and challenging members to not just read, but to read for a benevolent purpose. And this summer is no different, as the library partners with SCARCE, an award-winning nonprofit that provides environmental education through hands-on programs to schools, organizations, and the community.
This year, the library challenges kids to read for 70,000 hours and adults to read 4,000 books. If the community reaches this goal, the Friends of the Glen Ellyn Public Library and the Glen Ellyn Library Foundation have each pledged funds to purchase 2,000 books, which SCARCE will distribute during the DuPage County Back to School Fair in August. By participating in the Summer Reading program, you are helping to make a difference in your community.
Sign up and log your completed books or numbers of hours read with Beanstack, the library’s online summer reading tool. Beanstack is a mobile-friendly website and designed to make it easy for you to track your reading and activities. It even makes recommendations for what to read next based on your interests and previous reads.
NEW! Independent Summer Reading
You can register for Pre-Reader, Youth, Middle School, High School, Adult, or new this year, the Independent Summer Reading program. This program makes GEPL’s Summer Reading program more accessible to members of the community best served by differentiated learning. The Independent category has no age restriction and was designed in partnership with Glenbard West, Glenbard South, and Connection of Friends.
Register for a Summer Reading Program
Pre-Readers (Birth through 4 Years)
Complete a variety of activities and log reading time to receive free books and a $5 off coupon at The Bookstore of Glen Ellyn. Coupons courtesy of the Rotary Club. Register.
Youth (2 Years through Grade 5)
Log reading time and complete a variety of activities to earn books, patches, and coupons to area businesses. Exciting prizes include passes to the Brookfield Zoo Amazing Arachnids exhibit, a waterproof drone without a camera, and much more. Register.
Middle School (Grades 6-8)
This year’s grand prize drawing is an Amazon Tablet with Echo. Log reading hours to earn entries for the grand prize and weekly drawings. Weekly prize options include Studio Movie Grill Pass (good for two admissions), Galloping Ghost Arcade pass (good for one full day), and much more. Register.
High School (Grades 9-12)
For every five books read, earn a $5 gift card to Amazon or Starbucks (max. $25). After the fifth book, every book logged earns an entry into the grand prize drawing: a $200 Ticketmaster gift card. Another $200 Ticketmaster gift card will be awarded to this summer’s top reader. Register.
Read and log books. After the fifth book is logged, each book earns an entry into the grand prize drawing. Possible prizes include a Nest thermostat, a rain barrel, a compost bin, and more. Register.
Independent (No Age Restrictions)
Log reading time and complete a variety of sensory and life skills activities to earn prizes. For every five books read, earn a $5 gift card to Amazon or Starbucks (max. $25). Complete the program to earn a Hi-Lo book. Register.
Think Global, Act Local
Rain Barrels on Parade
A rain barrel is an easy and inexpensive way to conserve water. Throughout the summer, a variety of rain barrels will be on display at the library with information on where to purchase.
Thursday, June 7 | 7-8:30 pm
Kay McKeen, founder and director of SCARCE, will teach simple and easy-to-implement tricks that will help with your consumption of water both indoors and outdoors, as well as save you money. Reserve your spot.
Thursday, June 28 | 7-8 pm
Bring the whole family to an environmentally-themed Bingo night. Make connections between everyday items and the natural resource used to make it. Reserve your spot.
Saturday, July 14 | 2-4 pm
Learn the impact you have on your local watersheds and tips you can implement to become a better steward of the environment. Take action by applying medallions on nearby storm drains to help further educate residents on the importance of preventing pollution. For grades 9-12. Reserve your spot.
For grades 3-5: Thursday, August 2 | 10-11 am
For grades 6-8: Thursday, August 2 | 3-4 pm
Mimic the process of industrial recycled papermaking by using your own energy to make recycled paper you can take home and decorate. Reserve your spot for grades 3-5 or for grades 6-8.
Saturday, August 4 | 10 am-Noon | 799 Roosevelt Road #108
Assist SCARCE with their best-known rescue program, The Super Crayon Project. Peel and sort donated crayons that will be melted down and turned into adaptive crayons for students with special needs. All ages welcome to volunteer; age 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Signed waivers are required for all volunteers. Reserve your spot.
Tuesday, August 14 | 7-8:30 pm
Learn to save money, conserve water, reduce landfill waste, and create a nutrient-rich soil amendment for your garden when you start composting. SCARCE will demonstrate and discuss various compost bin options for both indoor and backyard composting. Reserve your spot.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Monday, June 11 | 2-3 pm
Use recycled materials to create beautiful pieces of jewelry. For grades 3-5. Reserve your spot.
Thursday, June 21 | 3-4 pm
Recycle discarded household items into a bird feeder, piggy bank, or lantern. For grades 3-5. Reserve your spot.
Wednesday, July 11 | 3-4 pm
Turn discarded books into works of art during this fun upcycle event. For grades 6-8.
Friday, July 13 | 10:30-11:30 am
Learn about a very important natural resource — water! Make a rain gauge to take home and use to determine when to water your lawn or garden. For grades 1-5. Reserve your spot.