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Lifka: Local libraries are full of summer activities

Parents seeking organized summer activities for their children that are not only fun but also educational should look no further than their local public library.

The Brookfield, McCook, North Riverside and Riverside public libraries all are offering children’s reading programs this summer.

Brookfield patrons should get ready to celebrate 100 years of reading this summer, in honor of the library’s centennial, the Brookfield summer reading programs are taking a trip through time to commemorate the last 100 years.  Everyone ages 4 months and up can sign up for the Brookfield library's Summer Reading Program and enjoy reading great books and attending fun programs at the library.

Registration for the summer reading program is under way. The first day to report logs is June 16, and the last day is Aug. 2. You also can sign up and log books and activities online. You can even log on from your mobile device! For more information, visit 

In McCook, the Summer Reading for Children program will begin at 4 p.m Friday.  Come to story time for all ages and register during this time. Fun for all!  

The themes for North Riverside’s children’s summer reading program are Fizz, Boom, Read for age 3 through fifth grade and Spark a Reaction for sixth through 12th grade. An early literacy program also is offered for age 2 and under. Registration is underway. The program is open to North Riverside youth residents through age 18 and non-resident students of Komarek School. Additional information is available at

In Riverside, the all ages summer reading program, Experiments in Reading, will kick off June 11. The Farmers' Market will set the scene for the beginning of registration. Crafts and activities for all children who have registered for the program will be available during the market. Open to Riverside residents only, the Riverside library's summer reading program will be scientifically themed. The program runs through the last day of July. Go to for more information on registration, activities and requirements.  

North Riverside also will hold a summer reading program for adults. Registration is under way for the program, the theme of which is literary elements. 

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