- Be a super scientist this summer with your library and Fizz Boom Read for kids birth through grade 6 and for teens
Children's Librarian Shelley Harris shares how to add more STEM fun to your family's summer
For more kid, tween and family fun, browse our online calendar
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Everyone's a scientist with our summer reading program "Fizz Boom Read!" Designed for kids birth through grade 6, it features motivating prizes and amazing science programs, plus find inspiring reading and viewing choices, video games, gerbil grams, storytimes, drop-in fun and more all summer long.
In addition to being a fun way to engage the entire family, research shows that students who read over the summer keep their reading skills sharp, and are better prepared for school in the fall. Summer reading = better grades.
How to sign up
To participate, kids need to bring an Oak Park Public Library card to any of our three locations and be ready to tell us how old they are or what grade they're going to start in the autumn.
You can sign up anytime before the program closes on August 1.
How to play
Babies and toddlers
- Pick up a log with early literacy activities for caregivers and children to do together
- Finish the activities, and earn a prize bag
Ages 3 through grade 1
- Pick up a log and stickers to keep track of how many books they read or have read to them
- Earn a prize after reading 10 books, then 20 books more and then another 20 books, for a total of 50 books
Going into grades 1 through 3
Pick up a log and stickers to keep track of how long they read
Earn a prize after every four hours of reading, for a total of 12 hours (and 36 stickers)
Tweens going into grades 4 through 7
Pick up a log to keep track of how long they read
Earn a prize after every four hours of reading, for a total of 12 hours
For readers going into grade 7, choose between the kids program or online teen summer reading program, also starting June 9