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Reading programs


1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Pick up a folder in Youth Services and take the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge! After each 100 books read, pick up a prize for you and your child! This program is for newborns & toddlers who have not yet entered kindergarten.


21st Century Readers

For adults, join our year round reading program: 21st Century Readers. Prizes will be awarded to patrons planning to read 1,000 books and are handed out for every 100 books read. Stop by the Adult Services desk to register for 21st Century Readers.


Summer Reading Programs

Each summer starting the first Monday in June, we hold summer reading programs for people of all ages. Be sure to sign up and read all summer to be eligible for some awesome prizes!

Summer Reading 2019: It's Showtime at your Library!

June 3 - August 9, 2019

Adults: Library bingo is back this summer! Win prizes for reading, attending library events and more! Complete one bingo and get a summer reading t-shirt (while supplies last) plus 5 raffle tickets. Complete a second bingo to get 5 additional raffle tickets. To get started, stop by the Adult Services desk starting Monday, June 3. If you pick up a reading log before June 14, you will have a chance to be entered into a raffle for a bag full of goodies. Prizes include an iPad, gift cards to Jack & Pat's, Papa Joe's and Mariano's, and memberships to Brookfield Zoo and the Museum of Science and Industry!

Youth: Pick up your paper book log to become a Summer Reader beginning June 3! Write down the books you read and visit the library once a week, whenever we're open for a different prize! The goal of how many books you read each week is up to you! Weekly prizes begin the week of June 10. On Fridays at 4pm, pay us a visit for an additional prize drawing. Plus, you get a t-shirt just for signing up (while supplies last)!


Favorite Author Program

Want to make sure you get a chance to read your favorite authors' books as soon as they come out? It’s as easy as picking up a Favorite Authors Reserve List at the Circulation Desk or Adult Services Desk, or emailing us at refdesk@chicagoridgelibrary.org. Check off your favorite authors on the list (as many as you want!), return it to the library, and the library will automatically place holds for you on forthcoming new adult fiction hardcover novels by your selected authors.


Find a Good Book

Looking for your next favorite book? Get your own personalized reading list from the Chicago Ridge Public Library staff! Email us at refdesk@chicagoridgelibrary.org and let us know you're interested in the Find a Good Book program. We'll send you a form where you can tell us your favorite authors, genres, and more, and we'll curate a selection of books for you to check out every two weeks.


Book Clubs

We host a wide range of book discussion groups! Learn more about them below:

Books & Bagels

Books & Bagels is an adult book club meeting on the first Wednesday of each month at 10am, from September til May. Books & Bagels reads a wide variety of books, always available in large type format. For more information, contact Dana Wishnick (dwishnick@chicagoridgelibrary.org).

BookTalk

BookTalk is an adult book club meeting on the second Thursday of each month at 7pm, from September til May. BookTalk is our most popular book club, focusing on contemporary novels with a wide appeal. For more information, contact Eva Baggili (ebaggili@chicagoridgelibrary.org).

Classics

Classics is an adult book club meeting on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm, from September til May. Classics reads books usually from the 19th and 20th centuries that have stood the test of time. For more information, contact Alicia Jackson (ajackson@chicagoridgelibrary.org).

Keeping Up With the Books

Keeping Up with the Books is our book club for teens (grades 6-12)! We meet every Monday at 6:30pm during the school year. Feel free to drop in at a meeting and see what we're up to! For more information, contact Austin Pierce (apierce@chicagoridgelibrary.org).

Killer Thrillers

Killer Thrillers is an adult book club meeting on the fourth Monday of each month at 7pm, year-round. Killer Thrillers reads contemporary titles in the horror and thriller genres - this club is not for the faint of heart! For more information, contact Lori Lysik (llysik@chicagoridgelibrary.org).

Page to Screen

Page to Screen is an adult book club meeting on the first Thursday of each month from 1-4pm during the summer. For this book club, you will read the book on your own, then watch the movie based on the book as a group to discuss which you prefer! For more information, contact Lori Lysik (llysik@chicagoridgelibrary.org).