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Read Beyond the Beaten Path

June 4 - July 30, 2022

Join us for this year's summer reading adventure! Complete 10 activities to earn a prize and 20 activities to earn a second prize.

Get Started!

How to participate

  1. Register for the Summer Reading Adventure starting June 4, 2022. To register, click here: aurorapubliclibrary.beanstack.com

  2. Complete those activities you enjoy - any activity can be repeated more than once. Make sure to log your activities via Beanstack as well. 

    Activities include: 

  • Read/Listen for 20 minutes/day.
  • Attend a library program, in person or virtually.
  • Build a camping scene with Legos & bring it to the library for display.
  • Go fishing – You can check out one of the library’s fishing poles!
  • Go camping in your living room, backyard, or at a campsite.
  • Explore the stars: read about constellations or observe the stars.
  • Take a nature walk. What do you see? What do you hear?
  • Read with someone: a friend, family member, or even a pet!
  • Make s’mores by a fire or in the microwave.
  • Create a piece of art using items from nature.
  • Check out an item from the library’s Creator’s Collection.
  • Read or listen to a book in a genre new to you.
  • Visit a library which is not one you usually visit.
  • Learn about/read about a place or culture new to you.
  • Search for and find animal tracks.
  • Do a random act of kindness.
  • Find and observe an insect.
  • Learn how to build a campfire.
  • Try a new food.
  • Visit a park.

Complete 10 activities for a prize and 20 activities for a second prize.

REGISTER NOW

You can also log your activities on the Beanstack Tracker app. Download the app for easier access!

Read, Watch, Listen
Read eBooks & Magazines
Hoopla
Hoopla
eBooks, eAudiobooks, Movies, Comics and more!
10 checkouts a month*
Libby
LibbyeBooks & eAudiobooks
Download up to 10 items
Press Reader
Press Reader
Magazines and Newspapers.
Unlimited Downloads.
Watch Movies & Videos
Hoopla
HooplaeBooks, eAudiobooks, Movies, Comics and more!
10 checkouts a month*
Freegal
FreegalMusic, Videos and Audiobooks
Download up to 3 DRM free songs per week and stream up to 3 hours per day
Listen to Music & Audiobooks
Freegal
FreegalMusic, Videos and Audiobooks
Download up to 3 DRM free songs per week and stream up to 3 hours per day
Hoopla
HooplaeBooks, eAudiobooks, Movies, Comics and more!
10 checkouts a month*
Libby
LibbyeBooks & eAudiobooks
Download up to 10 items

Download the paper log!

Special Programs and Events

PLAYGROUND PASSPORT
JUNE & JULY
Santori Library-KCC Department
Pick up your playground passport at the Santori children's desk! This is your passport to playgrounds in Aurora this summer. Rate and review each playground and make it a personal challenge to visit each one! All ages. No registration.




 

SUMMER READING KICK-OFF PARTY!
SATURDAY, JUNE 4 AT 10:30 A.M. 
Santori Library – Parking Lot  
We’re celebrating the beginning of our Summer Reading program with a WILD event! Meet and touch real reptiles, try a s’more, explore a campsite, build and race a LEGO pinewood derby car, and more! All ages are welcome.



STORYTIME AT GARFIELD PARK
THURSDAYS JUNE 9 & JULY 14 AT 11:30 A.M.

Garfield Park

Enjoy an outdoor storytime at Garfield Park - 825 Sheffer Road. Look for us in the grassy area between the playground and the pavilion.  No registration, all ages welcome.

 


 

 

TRAVELING OFF THE BEATEN PATH*
FRIDAYS JUNE 10, JULY 8, & AUGUST 5 ALL DAY
Santori Library-KCC Department
A family take home kit featuring places to visit in the United States. Kit will include facts, activities, recipes and a craft. Activities geared for ages 6-11. Registration required. 1 kit per family.



STILL PARK STORYTIME

THURSDAYS JUNE 16 & July 21 AT 9 A.M.

Still Park

Enjoy an outdoor storytime at Still Park! Find us at the intersection of Meadowridge Dr. & Slate Rd. No registration required, all ages welcome. 




MUSH! WITH NOGGIN AND CHLOE
SATURDAY, JUNE 18 AT 1 P.M. 

West Branch – Living Room
Iditarod racers Noggin and Chloe bring their musher Karen Land to talk about the famous 1,049 mile race across Alaska! Karen is a writer, public speaker, and a three-time participant in the Iditarod. Noggin is an Alaskan Husky and Chloe is a Corgi-Springer mix.  Join us for stories and a presentation with an actual Iditarod dog sled, gear, and arctic clothing. All ages are welcome. 


 



WHERE IN THE WORLD ARE YOU: VR EXPERIENCE
TUESDAY, JUNE 7 AT 6:30 P.M.
Santori Library – N224
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20 AT 6:30 P.M.
Eola Road Branch – Large Meeting Room
Join us to play the popular, virtual reality game Somewhere. Get dropped somewhere in the world, and try to figure out where you have landed! This game is very similar to Geoguessr, but in 3D. No VR experience is required.  Grades 6-12.





GETTING STARTED WITH FISHING*
MONDAY, JUNE 6 AT 6 P.M.
Eola Road Branch – Large Meeting Room and Virtual via Zoom and Facebook Live
Learn the basics with a DuPage County Fishery biologist! We’ll learn how to get a fishing license, pick a location, and identify the fish you reel in.






FLAVOR DETECTIVES: BUG OUT EDITION
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8 AT 4 P.M.
Eola Road Branch –  Small Meeting Room
THURSDAY, JUNE 15 AT 4 P.M.
West Branch – Living Room
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22 AT 4 P.M.
Santori Library – N224
Join us for an adventure in snacking! From gummy worms to real crickets, we're eating bugs galore! Allergen info will be available for each snack. Drop-ins welcome, while supplies last. Grades 6-12.





SANTORI SPROUTS*
THURSDAYS JUNE 9 & JULY 7 AT 11 A.M. & 10:30 A.M.
SATURDAYS JUNE 25 & July 23 AT 10.30 A.M.
Santori Library-Parker Garden
Help our garden grow! Learn basic gardening skills hands-on with activities.








EARLY READERS BOOK CLUB*
SATURDAYS JUNE 18 & JULY 9 AT 2 P.M.
Eola Road Branch-Children’s Program Room
A book club just for grades K-2! Read about your favorite characters! In June: Narwhal and Jelly! In July: Yasmin! Engage in exciting activities! Please note: this program does not teach children how to read. 







BACKYARD GRILLING/BBQ DEMO*
MONDAY, JUNE 13 AT 6:30 P.M.
Virtual via Zoom
An introduction to the world of classic, American Barbecue focusing on cooking the best barbecue for friends and family.  We will explore cooking a variety of proteins and basic grilling techniques. This program will include a live, interactive demonstration of 2-3 recipes and time for Q & A.  







PAINT A KINDNESS ROCK*
THURSDAY, JUNE 23 AT 6 P.M.
Santori Library – 125/126
Use paint pens to write an inspirational message on stones to keep as a paperweight, decorate your garden, or give as a gift. All materials will be provided, and no experience is needed.






 
GEOCACHING
JULY, ALL MONTH
All Library Locations
Geocaching is a family-friendly scavenger hunt where players use GPS coordinates and clues to find hidden treasure! Visit any service desk for a clue sheet, and find at least 3 caches for an entry into our grand prize drawing. Participants may enter our drawing once per person per library location: Santori Library, Eola Road Branch, West Branch.  Good luck!    




HIKING BUDDIES
FRIDAY, JULY 8 AT 2 P.M.
Santori Library-S139 Hurrell Storytime Room
Read Beyond the Beaten Path! Make a special hiking buddy for your next hike or walk around town. Ages 5-10. Ticketed program.






 

GOING ON A BEAR HUNT
TUESDAY, JULY 12 AT 2 P.M.
Santori Library-S139 Hurrell Storytime Room
Read the story, act it out and then make a craft to take home for use in reenacting the story. Geared for ages 4-7. Ticketed program.

 




CAMPFIRE CRAFT
THURSDAY, JULY 14 AT 4 P.M.
Santori Library-S139 Hurrell Storytime Room
Celebrate our summer reading theme, Read Beyond the Beaten Path, with this glowing campfire craft! Ages 5-12. Ticketed program.








DIY BIRD FEEDER CRAFT
TUESDAY, JULY 19 AT 2 P.M.
Eola Road Branch-Children’s Program Room
Want to make friends with the birds in your neighborhood? Come make your own bird feeder made out of a recycled milk carton. For ages 7-12. Ticketed program.







MARSHMALLOW PAINTING
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27 AT 11:30 A.M.
Eola Road Branch-Children’s Program Room
Marshmallows aren't just for eating, they can also be used for painting! Come make a work of art with a marshmallow paintbrush! For ages 5-7. Ticketed program.   


 


FLOAT A BOAT
THURSDAY, JULY 28 AT 2 P.M.
Santori Library-S139 Hurrell Storytime Room
Drop in between 2 and 3 pm to design a boat that you think will float. Test it out and try again if not happy with the results. Supplies and water for testing will be provided. Open to children ages 6-11. Ticketed program.

Contact Us!

Have additional questions?

Contact us here!

Pick up your prizes!

After you have logged your activity points into Beanstack or completed your log,  you may come into the library to collect your prize(s).

  • The 10 activity prize is assigned per age group for everyone.

  • The prize for 20 activities is a free book. If you'd like the opportunity to choose your book prize, please come into the library for pickup.
    If you choose to use our curbside or drive thru service, your book prize will be assigned to you.

Need help registering?

  

Need help registering and logging your activities? Below are videos that can help, whether it’s using the Beanstack website or the Beanstack Tracker:

Using the website

Using the App