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Schaumburg library offers summer reading programs for all ages

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By Susan Miura

You can do it in bed, at the lake, or in the close confines of an airplane. Some people do it at the park. Yep, right out there in front of everyone. And if you do it enough you can even win a prize. I'm talking about reading, of course -- the activity you can do almost anywhere that suits you. The Schaumburg Township District Library celebrates readers each season with reading programs and prizes for all ages. Here's what the library has in store this summer:

Adults are invited to sign up for "My Kind of Book: A Celebration of Authors, Chicago-Style." Those who prefer audiobooks may sign up for the library's summer listening program: "Chicago: My Kind of Story." Participate in either or both to win prizes upon completion. To sign up, go to or come to the library and sign up in person at the Fiction Desk on the first floor or the branch libraries. You will need your library card to register. Upcoming programs that tie in with the summer reading theme include: "The Eastland Disaster" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 10; and "Chicago Swordplay Guild Demonstration" at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 11.

For those who would like to experience the Windy City in person, one of the library's Chicago bus trips may be just the ticket. Chicago trips include "Art & Architecture at University of Chicago" on Thursday, July 18; "ChiTown Culinary Delights" on Monday, July 22; "LaSalle Canal Boat" on Tuesday, July 30; and "It's Greek to Me" on Thursday, Aug. 8. Registration is required for all programs and bus trips.

Teens, entering grades seven through 12, can join the summer reading fun with their own program: "Put Your Face in a Book!" By reading books and filling out review forms, they can "buy" prizes and enter drawings for Target gift cards. Register online or stop by the Central Library's Teen Place or the Hoffman Estate or Hanover Park branches. To earn five extra entries for the drawings, teens can take a photo of their face in a book and email it to

Kids! "Get a Clue @ Your Library" is the reading program for you. Children through age 14 are welcome to register in the Central Library's kidsZone, at either branch, or online. Once the reading log is completed, participants can come to the kidsZone or branches to receive their prize. Many summer programs tie in with the "Get a Clue" theme, so check out the June-July Program Guide or go to the library's website for a full listing of fun things to do.

Register now for all of the summer reading and listening programs. The programs conclude on Saturday, Aug. 31. Details can be found on the library's website at Once you reach the home page, simply click on the "Summer Reading" banner to register. For program information, click the appropriate button at the top of the page or the Program Guide under "Current News."

As the warm weather arrives, many of you may be heading to far-off lands or simply crossing the Illinois border, while others may enjoy summer locally. No matter where you go, or whether you go, grab a book or audiobook for adventure, education, entertainment, or a great escape this summer. And be sure to register for a summer reading program at the library!