Reading Programs


Year Round

All Ages

Log your family’s reading, get book recommendations, explore kid-friendly apps, and participate in fun reading programs using Beanstack, a free service provided by the Highland Park Public Library. Adults can sign up for an account and add multiple, customized reader profiles for their children. Sign up today to get updates on reading programs and other events at the library!

Learn to use Beanstack with this online tutorial.

Library Camp: Summer Reading & Learning

June 10 - August 5, 2017

For newborns through entering 9th graders


Join our community of readers!

Read books and earn prizes by coming to the library to talk about the books you’ve read. Sign up for a family account on Beanstack to get book suggestions and log your reading. Books logged after June 10 will count towards prizes at the library, and in-person reporting starts the same day.

Kids ages 3-5 can choose treasure chest prizes. Kids entering grades K-5 will collect tokens. Middle schoolers (entering grades 6-9) earn points. Trade in tokens or points for great prizes!

The last day to log and report on books at the Library is Saturday, August 5. The last day to pick prizes at the Library is Sunday, August 6.

Babies and toddlers have their own activity program, Summer Book Buddies! Register in the Youth Department or at storytime class.


Library Scouts is an independent learning program that encourages kids to follow their curiosity on a trail of knowledge and creation. Kids learn something, create something, and then share what they’ve learned or made to earn a badge.

Come to the Youth Services desk and let us know what you’re curious about. We’ll help you get started on your own Trail Map with ideas about where to find information, what to make, and how to share your new skills, creation or knowledge!

Library Scouts have the option to share their creations and skills with their friends, family, and neighbors at our Library Scouts showcases on July 13 and August 6.


We’re challenging summer readers to donate the equivalent of $250 in tokens and points to Adopt a Night at Lake County Haven, a shelter that helps homeless women and children find a home of their own. The donation will be underwritten by Mutual Ace Hardware of Highland Park.


Download a full Library Camp program guide.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Year Round

Newborn through Preschool

Read 1,000 books to your young child before he enters kindergarten and win prizes. Pick up a paper tracker at the Youth Services desk or click here to log books online.

Book Match

January - March

Like to read and want some friendly competition?  Join a team and have some fun!

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