Archive for May, 2024

Summer Reading Challenges June 1 – July 20

Tuesday, May 21st, 2024

It is time for SUMMER READING!

The theme this year is Read Renew Repeat! 

We have a reading challenge for all ages!  Paper logs will be available on June 1, but you can pre register on Beanstack now!
Children Baby through Grade 6
  • When kids register they will get a free book from either library and be entered into a weekly drawing for Cardinals vouchers (good for 4 tickets)
  • They must read 10 books from June 1 to July 20
  • If they complete 10 books they will receive a finishing bag with prizes and be eligible for a free tee shirt!
  • They must come to the finale to get their shirt.

BONUS Smokey the Bear Reading Challenge (Children Baby through Grade 6)
Smokey turns 80 years old this year and to celebrate the Illinois State Library and other state libraries partnered with the Forest Services to create this reading challenge. The Smokey the Bear Reading Challenge is available through Beanstack.
  • If the child is registered for this and the summer reading challenge, their books read will count for both.
  • Children need to read 3 books and complete 5 activities to complete this challenge.
  • Finishers will be able to pick up a prize bag, with stickers, crayons, and a coloring book, at either library location.
  • Plus, they will be entered into a drawing to win a Smokey the Bear teddy bear.
Teens Grade 7-12
  • When teens register they will receive a free tote bag.
  • They earn badges through July 20 by reading 60 minutes per badge or completing an activity.
  • When they earn badges, they will be able to make the badges into pins for their tote bag in the YS department.
  • When they earn 6 badges they will qualify to get a tee shirt.
  • They must come to the finale to get their shirt.
Adult summer reading Ages 19+
  • They must read 8 books from June 1 to July 20
  • If they complete 8 books they will receive a reusable grocery bag filled with other goodies!
  • The bags will be ready for pick up after June 10.
If you have any questions please let us know!

Our weekly Friday performances will take place at The Mill, 1311 E 20th St (Across the street from our 2001 Delmar Ave location) at 11 am!

They begin on Friday June 14 and skip July 5.  The Finale party will be held at Johnson Road this year on Saturday July 27 from 10 AM-12 Noon.  Shirts Galore will be at the finale with their mobile printing unit for the kids and teens that finish the challenge and we will be having a foam party!

2001 Delmar


2145 Johnson


Upcoming Events

  • 2024 All Ages Summer Reading Challenge: Read Renew Repeat June 1, 2024 – July 20, 2024 June 1 - July 20Register online at, with the Beanstack Tracker App, or at either library location
  • Children's Smokey Bear Reading Challenge June 1, 2024 – July 20, 2024 Children's Smokey the Bear Reading ChallengeRegister online at, with the Beanstack Tracker App.Log books you read or listen to between June 1 and July 20.Complete and check off activities.Read 3 books and do 5 activities to complete the challenge.Finish the challenge to be entered into a drawing for a plush Smokey the Bear!Questions? Email [email protected] or call the Youth Services…
  • Story Time July 15, 2024 at 10:00 am – 10:30 am 2145 Johnson Rd, Granite City, IL 62040, USA Story TimeEnjoy stories, music and crafts!Mondays at 10 AMSMRLD 2145 Johnson Road&Wednesdays at 6 PMSMRLD 2001 Delmar AveQuestions? Email [email protected] or call the Youth Services department at 618-452-6238
  • SMRLD Walking Club July 15, 2024 at 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Wilson Park, Granite City, IL 62040 SMRLD Walking ClubJoin us for a walk aroundWilson Parkevery 3rd MondayApril - October5 PMMeet at Ice Rink parking lotApril 15; May 20; June 17; July 15; August 19; September 16; and October 21Cancellations due to weather will be announced via Facebook by 2 PM on the day of the event.Questions? Call 618-452-6238 ext 730 or email [email protected]
  • Digital Tuesday @ Pontoon Beach July 16, 2024 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Pontoon Beach Administration Building Board Room 1 Regency Parkway, Pontoon Beach, IL, United States Registration Required Call 618-452-6238, Ext 303 to register. Seating is limited.

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