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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. To start logging your child's books virtually using Beanstack, click here.


21st Century Readers

For adult readers who want an even bigger challenge, sign up for 21st Century Readers! You'll receive a special prize once you've read 1,000 books. Contact Adult Services for more information.


CRPL 2020 Readers Challenge

For adults, join our all-year-long reading program! It's very simple: set a goal for how many books you wish to read this year, then log your books at home. Prizes will be awarded to all who complete their challenge at the end of the year.


Summer Reading Program

Each summer, 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 2020: Imagine Your Story

June 15 - August 14, 2020

Summer reading is back but with a little twist! We are using a new program called Beanstack that allows you to log books and earn prizes, all online! Starting Monday, June 15, use this link to sign up for our summer reading program!

Once you've registered, begin logging your books to receive a prize and virtual raffle tickets! Read five books to earn our famous summer reading t-shirt and five tickets into a drawing for gift certificates to local businesses. Read an additional five books to receive five more tickets! Do note that this year, everyone participates in the same challenge, rather than doing separate challenges for adult and youth readers.

All t-shirts and winning tickets will be awarded the week of August 17. When signing up for Beanstack, pleas remember to include your t-shirt size.


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).