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DeKalb Public Library to hold summer reading sessions

DeKALB – The following is a list of summer reading sessions which will be hosted by the DeKalb Public Library from June 1 through Aug. 10.

The theme is “Dig Deeper” this year.

Little Listeners (1 to 5 years old)

Earn points for reading books and completing activities, and those points will earn young readers digital badges and prizes.

Once a trusted adult signs the youth up, they will be on their way to having a new summer reading experience.

If children have already read all the books they have at home, the library now has a resource for digital books for young readers to use with an adult. 

The resources is a program called Hoopla, and it can be accessed on most devices.

Adults also find great books on Omni and the Tumble Books sites, located through the library website.

Young Readers (school-age

children 5 to 11 years old)

The Summer Reading goal for this year is 12 hours, but if children are in need of books to read, the reading program suggests trying an e-book. With access to Hoopla, children can check out books no matter where they are, and no matter what time it is.  Children also can find books through Omni and Tumble Books.

For information about both Youth Summer Reading programs, email Theresa at

Teens (12 to 18 years old)

Readers who allot 25 hours during the summer can qualify to win prizes. For each 150 minutes read, teens will earn a level badge. 

Everyone who finishes will earn a free book of their choice and an entry for a grand prize of a Kindle Fire, a 3D pen or an instant camera. 

The first 75 teens to finish also will receive a Five Below e-gift card. Those who keep reading past that point can earn a second entry in the grand prize drawing. 

E-books, audiobooks, graphic novels and magazines can be checked out with a DeKalb Library card number.

Teens also can complete the following missions on Read Squared:

• Read from Teen Award or genre lists

• Do a good deed for someone in the DeKalb community

• Film a book review video or act out a scene from a book

• Attend Teen virtual programs such as Anime-Manga Club, Virtual Board Games or Tea for Tweens Magazine 

Explore the library’s A-Z Resources page for free digital reading options like hoopla, Libby, Novelist, RB Digital and TumbleBookCloud.

The Read Squared app also can be used to keep track of titles read throughout the year. 

Teen Summer Reading 2020 is sponsored by The Friends of DeKalb Public Library.

For information about Teen Summer Reading, email Susan at


This year, the library will be giving out various $20 gift cards as well as a snack from the DeKalb Confectionery.

Adults can sign up for the reading program and enter their reading log at the link on the library’s website.

For those who don’t want to do the program electronically, they can print reading logs from the form on the website and either mail them in or drop them off during curbside pickup hours once the library begins doing so.

For those without Internet access, call the library with their list of books and staff will enter the information for you.

For information about Adult Summer Reading, email Teresa at

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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