Youth Summer Reading 2021

Summer Reading 2021 Reading Colors Your World June 8-July 31

Why Summer Reading?

Why is reading during the summer so important? Because it keeps your mind working! According to studies, children and teens who don’t read during the summer can lose up to two months of learning! Multiplication tables? Gone! What’s photosynthesis? Don’t remember! Who was the 16th President? Not a clue! No worries! Lincoln Library is here to help with our Summer Reading Game!

Summer Reading Challenges

Summer Reading Game

It’s simple: You get a prize for every 120 minutes (two hours) you read. What the prize is changes every week!

Stop by the library to pick up your Summer Reading Log, or record your minutes virtually with our Beanstack app. For more information about Beanstack, and to sign up, go to

Teen Challenge

Teens, don’t worry we didn’t forget about you this summer! We have a Teen Challenge to keep you motivated! It’s simple!  Every time you complete a book, fill out a raffle ticket, and stick it in our nifty Raffle Box located in the Youth Services area. Click here for a ticket to print. Come August we’ll select a name out of the box, and that lucky teen will score a $50 Barnes & Noble Gift Card! For more information, or questions, email

Summer Reading Programs

Summer Reading Kick-Off –Tuesday, June 8 at 2 p.m. - Join us outside Lincoln Library to celebrate both our Adult and Children’s Summer Reading Challenges! Adult and children alike are invited to make chalk art while music and bubbles (so many bubbles) will fill the air courtesy of The Bubble Bus! And while there the whole family can sign up for Lincoln Library’s Summer Reading Challenges!

Storytime at Lincoln’s Home – Thursdays June 3 - July 15 at 10:30 a.m. - As a special treat enjoy storytime on the on the lawn of Lincoln’s Home Site!

Mystery Mondays! – Every Monday - Each participating child will receive a bag filled with Arts & Craft supplies. What kids make is up to them! Their imagination is the limit! Take a picture of the finished project, and we’ll post it to our Facebook and Instagram Pages! Pick up bags at the Youth Services Desk. Send photos to

Talented Tuesdays! – Starting Tuesday, June 15 at 2 p.m. – We’ll be joined either virtually or in-person with some fabulous performers throughout the summer!

  • Tuesday June 15 at 2 p.m. – Martika will visit us with her dazzling LED Lights Show!
  • Tuesday, July 6 at 2 p.m. – Come watch the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company’s hilarious tale, The Caterpillar Hunter! (Note: performance will be available throughout the week thru Zoom)
  • Tuesday, July 27 at 2 p.m. – Watch Smarty Pants take balloon art to a whole new level!

Pastries & Pals – Saturday, June 19 at 11 a.m. - Is there a person you look up to and admire? Someone who takes care of you, protects you, or teaches you cool things? Well come celebrate them at Lincoln Library at our Pastries & Pals program! We’ll meet outside, read a story or two, have a craft, and of course we’ll have donuts courtesy of Mel-O-Cream!

Butterfly Madness – Tuesday, June 29 at 2 p.m. – We’ll meet outside the library for a program all about colorful butterflies! Learn about these beautiful pollinators, make some butterfly-inspired art, and finally watch the release of live butterflies into the wild!

Librarian Free-For-All – Every Wednesday at 2 p.m., starting Wednesday, June 16 – We don’t mean to brag, but we will! Our Children’s Librarians are some of the most talented people we know, and we’d like to share those talents with you! Join us every Wednesday at 2 p.m. on our Facebook page throughout June and July for a program hosted by our wonderful staff! Who knows what they have planned!

Friday Outreach – Every Friday, starting Friday, June 11 – We’re spreading the joy of reading this summer by leaving the library every Friday to visit at daycares, summer camps and anywhere else in Springfield! Want us to come for a visit? Email Ms. Anna at to arrange a visit.

Saturday Pop Up Libraries – Starting Saturday, June 5 – In partnership with the Springfield Park District we’re taking it on the road! Each Saturday we’ll be setting up shop at different green spaces throughout Springfield! Come visit us, and you’ll receive a free book from the Friends of Lincoln Library!

  • Saturday, June 12 – Lincoln Park, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, July 26 – Iles Park, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, July 10 – Comer Cox Park, 10-11:30
  • Saturday, July 24 – Iles Park, 10-11:30 a.m.

Summer Reading Finale – Friday, July 30 at 2 p.m. – OK, so maybe we can’t have a traditional ice cream social, but when has that ever stopped us?! Drive by the Library between 2-3 p.m. on Friday, July 30 and our dedicated Children’s Librarians will be out there to hand you a free ice cream cup to celebrate the end of Summer Reading! Hurrah!

Contact Us

For more information about Lincoln Library’s Summer Reading Program, visit, email, or call 217-753-4900 ext. 5612.


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