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Summer Reading to Begin in June

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Summer Reading will begin on June 1st! At that time we will provide a link to Read Squared where you can register electronically. We will also have printable registration forms and reading logs available.

Dig Deeper. Fittingly, this is the theme for the 2020 Summer Reading program that the DeKalb Public Library will be holding. In times like this, we recognize the importance of digging deeper to bring the resources, materials, and events to our patrons without being able to serve them in person. Beginning June 1, Read Squared will be your Summer Reading hot spot , where you can register, log your reading, and start earning points for digital badges and prizes. You can use this venue from a computer or download an App for your mobile device. Summer Reading will run from June 1—August 10.

Not excited about using our virtual Summer Reading option? Fear not! The library will post on our website a physical form that can be printed completed by hand. Once you have completed your registration form, until the library re-opens, please mail your form to the library at 309 Oak Street, DeKalb IL 60115. If the library begins providing curbside pick-up you will be able to bring your form in by hand during select hours. Our website will also have printable copies of reading logs for all age levels.

0-3 Club OR Little Listeners (age 0-5 years):

Earn points for reading books and completing activities, and those points will earn you digital badges and prizes!  Once a trusted adult signs you up, you will be on your way to having a great summer reading experience.  If you have already read all the books you have at home, no worries!  The library now has a great new resource for digital books for you to check out with an adult.  It is called Hoopla and can be accessed on most devices.  Your adult can also find great books on Omni and the Tumble Books sites, located through the library website.

Young Readers (school-age children age 5-11 years):

The Summer Reading goal for this year is 12 hours, but if you are in need of books to read, try an E-book!  With access to Hoopla you can check out books no matter where you are, and no matter what time it is.  You can also get books through Omni and Tumble Books. Check out our digital offerings, or pull out that book that has been stashed on your shelf that you have been meaning to read, and head on over to Read Squared for all your Summer Reading fun and excitement.  Earn digital badges, win prizes, and make this the best-read summer yet!

For more information about both Youth Summer Reading programs, please contact Theresa at

Teens (12-18 years):

Read 25 hours over the summer and qualify to win prizes. For each 150 minutes read you will earn a level badge. Everyone who finishes will earn a free book of their choice and an entry for one of our grand prizes of a Kindle Fire, a 3D pen, or an Instant Camera. The first 75 teens to finish will also receive a Five Below e-gift card.  Keep reading to earn a second entry in our grand prize drawing!  Get e-books, e-audiobooks, graphic novels, and magazines with your DeKalb Library card number. Teens can also complete the following missions on Read Squared:

  • Read from Teen Award or genre lists
  • Do a good deed for someone in the DeKalb community
  • Film a book review video or act out a scene from a book
  • Attend Teen virtual programs (Anime-Manga Club, Virtual Board Games, and Tea for Tweens Magazine)

Explore the library’s A-Z Resources page for our free digital reading options like hoopla, Libby, Novelist, RB Digital, and TumbleBookCloud. The Read Squared app can also be used to keep track of the titles you read throughout the year.  Teen Summer Reading 2020 is sponsored by The Friends of DeKalb Public Library.

For more information about Teen Summer Reading, please contact Susan at


Reading is its own reward, but why not have the chance to win prizes? This year we’ll be giving out various $20 gift cards as well as something very special from the DeKalb Confectionery. You can sign up for the reading program and input your reading log at the link on the library’s website. Don’t want to do the program electronically? No problem! You can print reading logs from the form on our website and either mail them in or drop them off during curbside pickup hours once the library begins providing this service. If you don’t have Internet access, just give us a call with your list of books and we’ll enter the information for you. Also, be on the lookout this summer for special online programs and videos aimed at adults to help you dig into a new idea.

For more information about Adult Summer Reading, please contact Teresa at