Summer Reading and Activity Program
"Books are more real when you read them outside."
- Maggie Stiefvater
Read below to learn more about our Summer Reading and Activity Program!
A library card is not required to participate!
June 13 to July 23
Are you ready to read beyond the beaten path? Are you ready to Pokémon GO outside? Are you ready to read 'em all?
Join us for 6 weeks of reading and activity fun for everyone!
Whether you're a child, teen or adult, it's time to let your imagination roam free as we read the roads not taken and get outside this summer.
New this year are our Community Scavenger Hunt and Weekly Field Trips and you can read more about these below.
Each week, enjoy a different theme and participation prize. You can pick up a new log each week at the library or submit one online.
For the amount of pages you read (or qualifying activity), earn a ticket to enter a raffle for a prize of your choosing.
Winners will be announced Saturday, July 23 at our
Pokémon Ice Cream Party !
What are qualifying activities? Well, participate in one of our ongoing programs - such as Knitting and Crochet Night, Story Time, or Crafternoon (to name a few) -or- complete the weekly activity or craft!
Scroll down to see our full activity calendar for the Summer Reading and Activity Program.
Each age group and their required pages are listed below.
Children Pre-K - 5th (50 pages)
Teen 6th - 12th (200 pages)
Adult 18+ (250 pages)
Reading Logs will be available at the library and below:
Scroll through the entire page to see each week's theme, prize and activity/craft!
*Qualifying Activities are: attending ANY Millstadt Library District event or program or Participating in ANY Millstadt Community Event!
There is no library card needed to participate in our program or any of our programs and there are no costs. (We do ask for RSVPs for the field trips.)
Community Scavenger Hunt
This year, we're really asking you to get outside. When you stop by the Library to get your first reading log and welcome kit for the SRAP (that's short for Summer Read and Activity Program,) we'll also offer you the Community Scavenger Hunt "passport."
This "passport" and accompanying map will give you an activity for all six weeks because you have to collect Pokémon gym badges from participating businesses around Millstadt! You'll know who's participating because besides being on the map, they'll also have a Pokémon in the window of their business!
There are no purchases required when you go to visit these locations. This is an opportunity to meet the great people who run the businesses and organizations in our wonderful little Village.
Most of the places are within walking distance - a few though, you'll have to get in the car or on a bike. You'll also have watch their open hours, but that's why you have six weeks to complete the scavenger hunt.
Those that complete the scavenger hunt get a special prize and entered into a special raffle.
There are over 20 stops, so happy hunting!
Reading is an important skill and one that we need for daily life and for our futures. However, it's vital that we mix what we read on our own with practical education and that we learn how things are done to - not just read about them.
This year, we're teaming up with six places to go on field trips, one every Thursday at 10 a.m. during SRAP.
You'll see the places listed in the calendar below, along with a link. Please use those links to learn more about the field trip and to RSVP. We need RSVPs the week before the field trip so we can plan accordingly. You can do so through the link or with the library by coming in or calling us at 618-476-1887.
Everyone will meet at the Field Trip location - NOT at the library. All ages are welcome to attend, but parents are expected to stay with their children during the trip. The Field Trip presentations will start promptly at 10 a.m. and will last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the Field Trip host.
If you have any questions, please contact us, we're more than happy to help!
Week 1: Forest
Get ready to take off for new places found in books with a new Millstadt Library bag and Summer Reading and Activity Program Welcome Kit.
Identifying animal prints of animals of the forest and drawing one of those animals!
Week 2: Tundra
Chill out with a Magic House admission pass for children with a paid adult sponsored by The Magic House.
Start your Community Scavenger Hunt!
Make an Arctic Fox Mask!
Week 3: Desert
Sweat it out with a Free Attraction Pass from the Edge!
Pick up a book spine to decorate and be sure to return it to decorate our wall!
Make a Rocking Penguin!
Week 4: Swamp
Be careful of cookie stealing crocodiles with your Free cookie coupon from Casey's General Store sponsored by Casey's General Store.
Take a picture of your favorite outdoor activity or reading a book!
Color a Smile! Pick up a coloring sheet for your age group and at the end of the week, we'll give those smiles to the residents at the Millstadt Garden Place.
Week 5: Aquatic
Just keep swimming with Smiley Face magnets and pencils sponsored by Lee's Home Center AND Sweat it out with Discount passes for XTREME Paintball Park sponsored by XTREME Paintball Park.
Do a water themed activity! Go swimming, read a book about water, create a picture of a boat - the options are endless!
Ocean Scene Art!
Week 6: Mountain
Take a trip with a Free General Admission to The National Museum of Transportation sponsored by The National Museum of Transportation.
Get a constellation map from the library and go outside at night to check out the stars!
Northern Lights Chalk Art!
And a HUGE Thank You to everyone who has sponsored our Summer Reading and Activity Program!
Weekly Participation Prizes
CASEY'S GENERAL STORE
LEE'S HOME CENTER
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF TRANSPORTATION
THE MAGIC HOUSE
XTREME PAINTBALL PARK
MILLPOND BREWING AND INCUBATOR
AND MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED...
MILLSTADT SENIOR TALK