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Summer Reading


Below you'll find information about our Summer Reading Challenge for Kids, Teens, and, Adults:



Up to Grade 6

June 1-July 31

Your goal is to visit the Library at least 7 times this summer! Stop by KidSpace to register and take your first turn on the Summer Reading Game. On your 7th visit, collect your finishing prizes including a drawing ticket for a chance to win one of our Grand Prizes.In partnership with East Maine School District 63.

Can't make it to the Library this summer? Log your read online here!

The KidSpace Summer Reading Challenge is open the following times:
Monday-Thursday 9:30am-8:30pm, Friday 9:30am-6:30pm
Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm, Sunday 1:30pm-4:30pm


Grand Prizes!

• Kohl Children’s Museum One Year Family Membership
• Niles Jump Zone Party for 15 Kids
• Lego WeDo Robotics Kit



Grades 7-12

June 1-August 19

Read and win prizes! Sign up in the Teen Underground and receive a carabiner keychain. Complete your log for a water bottle, plus entry in the weekly drawings (Starbucks gift cards) and grand prize drawings. In partnership with East Maine School District 63.

Can't make it to the Library this summer? Log your read online here!

Complete as many logs as you like over
the summer for more chances to win.
No more than one log can be turned in per day.


Grand Prizes:

• 32’’ TCL Roku Smart TV
• 12-Month LootCrate Subscription




Ages 18 & Up

May 23-October 31

Kick off a summer of reading and voting at Niles-Maine District Library!
We will explore the power of books and the joy of reading through the lens of America’s 100 best loved novels. From June through October patrons can read and vote on their favorite works of fiction as they play along to win prizes.
For more information, call 847-663-6640 or visit The Great American Read Headquarters at the 2nd Floor Adult Services desk.


What is The Great American Read?

An eight-part television and online series, hosted by Meredith Vieira, designed to spark a national conversation about reading and the books that have inspired, moved, and shaped us. The first episode premiered on May 22, but in the fall new episodes will air as the quest to find America’s most beloved book moves into high gear. Episodes from the series will feature appearances by celebrities, athletes, authors, and everyday Americans advocating for their favorite book.


Special Events

Summer Reading Challenge Kick-Off

Ticket required
Sat., June 2, 2-4pm
All Ages
Kick off Summer Reading Challenge in KidSpace where we will have a face painter and a balloon twister! Pick up free tickets for face painting and balloon twisting at the KidSpace desk beginning at 1:30pm. Limited amount of tickets available, while supplies last.

Charlotte’s Web:           The Musical

Wed., Aug. 8, 3-4pm OR 6-7pm
Celebrate the end of Summer Reading with a special performance by American Eagle Productions just for Summer Reading Challenge finishers.

Summer Photo Challenge

Traveling this summer? Take a photo with your Niles-Maine library card for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Email your photo to by August 19.