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Reading Colors Your World

2021 Summer Reading Challenge

How to Get Started

To participate in our “Reading Colors Your World! Summer Reading challenge, patrons should download the Reader Zone app and enter the code 126ea.  If patrons should have trouble finding where to enter the new code (if they have participated before) here are the steps:

  • Go to their Settings (upper left-hand corner)
  • Go to My Reading Groups
  • Click on Join a Group (at the bottom)
  • Enter code (126ea)
  • Select their age group

Please direct any other questions to Ms. Jen. 

Age Groups

Our age groups and reading goals are as follows:

Preschool (0-5 years) = 60 minutes per week

Young Readers (6-10 years) = 90 minutes per week

Teens (11 and up) = 120 minutes per week

Adults (18 and over) = 120 minutes per week

Participants will have until each Wednesday at noon to input their minutes read.

Summer Reading Challenge


For Teens and Adults, every week you hit your reading goal you will receive a raffle ticket for a $50 gift card. Winners will be pulled at the end of the 5-week program.

For our Preschool and Young Readers, every week you hit your reading goal you will receive a raffle ticket for a $50 gift card.

Also, if our Preschool and Young Readers hit their goal 4 out of the 5 weeks of the program, they will receive a special surprise at the end of the 5-week program!

Preschool Programs

Due to the current covid-19 mandates some programming is not available.   See calendar for current schedule.

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 - 7:00pm

9:30am - 6:00pm

9:30am - 3:00pm



"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."


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