Summer Challenge 2020

Summer Challenge 
June 6- August 8

We have summer challenges for everyone, and this year, we are excited to offer an all-online experience. You can register for the challenge here. You can do the challenge easily by downloading the app, Beanstack, from your app store (Apple | Android). If you prefer a paper copy of our log, download and print one. Little Kids | Mid-Kids | Teens.

Hey kids, our summer challenge is a chance to learn, have fun, and make a difference—and earn prizes just for participating. We believe that you can make a difference, your actions have an impact, and your voice matters. The activities in our summer challenge give you ways to have an impact in our community.

Our summer challenge has prizes! Prizes vary by age level, and include books and gift cards to local businesses and organizations like Brookfield Zoo, DuPage Children’s Museum, Zazzo’s Pizza, and Barbara’s Bookstore. Summer Challenge prizes are generously supported by the IPPL Foundation & Friends.

While we practice social distancing this summer, we are STILL your place for free educational enrichment, enhancement, and entertainment.

About the Summer Challenge for Kids

Hey, Parents! We know that during the summer kids often lose some of the academic gains they make in school, AKA, the summer slide. As always, we worked with our schools on the summer challenge. Our activities may help kids feel comfortable when they return to the classroom in the fall. Kids can practice reading, writing, science, and math (and our popular Mission Math program from previous summers is part of Beanstack!)

Did you know . . . Reading just four books during the summer can prevent a decline in reading scores? AND, students who participate in a summer library program enter the school year with a more positive attitude and are more confident in the classroom? 

Mission Math

During the school year, students have learning concepts reinforced on a daily basis and each new concept builds on the last. Our Summer Math Challenge is a way for students to practice math concepts from the previous school year and start the next year with a head start. For grades K-8.

Sign up for Mission Math in Beanstack.

Online Programs for Everyone

While we can't meet with you face-to-face, we can still connect this summer through our online programs. We have something for everyone!

We offer programs on-demand through YouTube and our website, and we have live programs via Zoom. Visit our online programs page to learn more about all the opportunities available.

Have fun in the Prairie Patch!

Everyone can enjoy sunny summer days in the Prairie Patch. Explore the Sensory Garden, visit the insects in Bea’s Garden, and play in our play patch sandbox, featuring new toys each month. Bea’s Garden was donated by the Lawrence Family.

Book Buddies for Grades 1-6

Our mid-kids can get help with reading this summer through our Book Buddies program. Reading aloud can help build vocabulary and comprehension. And, let’s be honest, reading to a buddy is more fun. Email us a This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule a one-on-one, 20-minute, live reading session with a librarian through Zoom.

Teens can connect on Discord

We have created an online safe space for teens to hang out with us virtually on Discord. Discord is a way to communicate over voice, video, and text.

If your teens are interested in joining and helping us make our online space awesome, email Teen Librarian Michelle D. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..