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Summer Reading Program


MPL’s Summer Reading Program provides kids of all ages with a fun way to keep reading during the summer months. Research has shown that children who participate in summer reading programs perform better on reading tests the next school year.

Our program is designed to reward reading efforts and remind kids that reading is fun!

We are going virtual for Summer Reading 2020!  This year, we will be using Reader Zone – a goal-based reading program that readers access through a smartphone or desktop computer.  The app has a built-in reading timer, real-time goal tracking, you can track books you are reading and have finished, earn and unlock awards, and see all your progress in one place.  Parents can use the app for all their kids and for themselves!  (For those who wish to keep track on a paper log, we will have those, too!)

We will also be offering virtual programming for both kids and adults.  Watch our Facebook, Instagram and website for details.


To register for a Zoom program or to get answers to Summer Reading questions, please fill out form:

Preschool Programs

Baby Tots

0-24 Months

Baby Tots is an interactive program for both parent and baby, ages 0-24 months old. Babies and their caregivers will share rhymes, songs and books.

Join us weekly on Thursday mornings!

Little Wigglers

2-5 Years

This music and movement program for 2-5 year olds will provide a great opportunity for kids to move, play and listen to music while developing readiness skills and improving motor skills.

Join us weekly on Tuesday mornings!

Youth Book Clubs

Lego club

Families are welcome to join us once a month for some free-building time and creative exploration!  Program open to all ages; parent must accompany child. 

Program meets once a month from 4:00-5:00pm and runs September – May.  

Art Smarts!

2nd – 5th Grade

Join us for our ART SMARTS! Program, where we will learn about famous artists and make our own art inspired by their individual creative styles.  Boys and girls in 2nd -5th grade are welcome!

Program meets once a month from 4:00-5:00pm and runs September – May.

Registration is required.

Reading Buddies

K – 4th Grade

This program will provide a fun and relaxing environment for children in Kindergarten-4th Grade to practice their reading skills and build reading confidence. Our Reading Buddies are National Honor Society members from the Manteno High School.

Reading Buddies will meet at Manteno Public Library and sessions last 15 minutes. Sessions are available throughout the school year, feel free to register for mulitple sessions or schedule longer ones- we are flexible to work with your schedule.

Reading Buddies meets every other Tuesday, please check calendar dates and time.

Full STEAM Ahead!

K – 3rd Grade

Full STEAM Ahead! is an interactive program for children in K-3rd Grade. (Children must be accompanied by an adult.) We will read books, learn about the components of S.T.E.A.M and explore each one of the hands-on activities!

Join us for Full STEAM Ahead! on every other Monday evening at 6:00pm.

Specialty Programs

Throughout the year the Youth Services Department of Manteno Public Library offers a variety of seasonal programs.

Registration is requested for all programs.

Gingerbread Houses
Easter Egg Hunt
Movie Days
Family Reading Night
Mommy & Me Valentine Tea
Library Ghost Hunt

Manteno Public Library

10 S. Walnut St.
Manteno, IL 60950

Ph: 815 468 3323
Fax: 815 468 3360


Monday - Thursday
9:30am - 6:00pm

9:30am - 5:00pm

9:30am - 3:00pm



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