Summer reading is back at the Oak Park Public Library. Our new program, Oceans of Possibilities, starts June 1 and runs all summer.

Oceans of Possibilities is for kids age 3 and up, and we have different activities for different age groups, including advanced-level challenges and prizes just for middle-schoolers (for kids under 3, check out our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program).

You can choose to read whatever you like: chapter books, graphic novels, the newspaper, or ebooks. You can listen to audiobooks and podcasts, or have someone else read aloud to you.

Keep track of your reading time and earn a bead or vinyl sticker for every hour, plus bonus beads for every five hours.

You could read to a dog and it would count (sorry, it doesn’t count if a dog reads to you).

Your book does not have to be in English. It doesn’t have to come from the library.

All reading is good reading. There are so many possibilities!

And reading isn’t the only way to learn and have fun. We have tons of activities to choose from, to earn special beads too. Make art, move your body, listen to music, explore the world, or do a little science.

Everyone, everywhere is welcome to participate, and no library card is needed. So challenge your cousin in Kalamazoo, or a friend in Fargo, to join in.

Starting June 1, you can sign up online and start logging your reading and activities with Beanstack. You can access it through a web browser or download the Beanstack app to any device, including an Oak Park public school device.

If your family would benefit from a paper version of the program, stop into any library branch to pick one up, or it’s available to print at Once you start earning prizes, you can stop into the library to pick them up when it’s convenient.

Visit the library’s Day in Our Village booth in Scoville Park on June 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., to learn more, or catch us out and about all summer on the library’s Book Bike (

There are Oceans of Possibilities! Find all the details at

Eileen Saam and Genevieve Grove are children’s librarians at the Oak Park Public Library.

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