Summer Reading Program 2019

Our Summer Reading Program theme this year is A Universe of Stories.  Everyone - children, teens, and adults - is invited to read, earn prizes, and attend events at the library this summer.

All children may participate in our children's Summer Reading Program: younger children can listen to books, older children can listen and/or read.

See information about our TNT (Teen & Tween) Summer Reading Program for 6th through 12th graders here.

See our children's brochure here.

Update:  Everyone who completes the 3rd goal (30 days or 15 hours) on our reading logs will earn a prize packet.  See details here.  


Register online here.  

Or ask for paper registration at the library.


Pick up a reading log from the library to keep track of your reading and listening.
  • Read books, ebooks, or magazines.
  • Read to yourself or to someone else.
  • Listen to audiobooks.
  • Listen to someone else reading to you.
You may choose to count how many hours you read or how many days you read.

Earn prizes and enter the prize drawing as you reach reading goals throughout the summer.
See details on our reading logs.  

Thursday, June 13 is the first day to pick up a reading log and start recording your reading and/or listening.  You can choose to count the number of days you read (you choose how much to read each day) or the amount of time you spend reading. 

Monday, June 24 is the first day to receive prizes.

The first prize drawing will be held on Saturday, August 3, with all entries to that point.  The second prize drawing will be held on Saturday, August 31, with all entries from all summer.  

Saturday, August 31 is the last day to submit your reading/listening time and receive prizes for reading/listening throughout the summer. 

Thank you to the businesses providing incentives for completing reading log goals:
1st Ticket - choose from the prize box
2nd Ticket - free ice cream for children and flurries for teens - Thank you, Milan Dairy Barn!
3rd Ticket - free book - Thank you, Friends of Milan Public Library!
4th Ticket - free Cheezy Bread - Thank you, Marco's!
5th Ticket - free pizza - Thank you, Hungry Howie's!
6th Ticket - choose from the prize box

Check back for a list of prize drawing prizes and sponsors.

Events for all ages

Friday, June 21: Apollo Adventure by Michigan Science Center
Ten hands-on, space-themed science activities will be available between 9:30 and 12:30.  We recommend allowing an hour or longer to move through the activities at your own pace. You may arrive at any time during the event. This event is best for preschoolers through middle schoolers; all ages are welcome.  It will be held in The Center (previously the Senior and Community Activity Center).

Thursday, July 18: Touch a Truck

Our annual Touch a Truck event will be held from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. during July's Third Thursday.  You'll see a variety of community vehicles, meet the people who drive and work with them, and learn about their jobs and their importance in our community.  

***UPDATE*** This event has moved to a new location. It will be held in Milan Middle School's parking lot. Thank you, Milan Area Schools, for providing us with this location.

We are hosting this event with Milan Parks and Recreation during Milan Main Street's Third Thursday.

See a list of participants and vehicles here.

Friday, August 9: The Supernatural Intergalactical Summer Reading MAGIC Spectacular by Jeff Wawrzaszek of A2 Magic
This magic show will include several space-themed illusions.  This event will be held at 10:30 A.M. in The Center (previously the Senior and Community Activity Center) and is for all ages (children and teens).  

Events for toddlers/preschoolers

Tiny Tales for ages 2 and younger will be held every two weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays; you choose the day the works for you.

Storytime for ages 3 to 5 will be held every two weeks in July and August on Wednesdays and Fridays; you choose the day that works for you.

See details about Tiny Tales and Storytime here.  

Events for elementary ages

Teacher TALES*
Teachers and Learners Enjoy Stories
Teachers from Milan Area Schools will read some of their favorite stories.  Then, we'll create space-themed projects.  

Evening Teacher TALES sessions will be held for all ages.

Teacher TALES will be presented with Crafts in the Park in Wilson Park for kindergartners through 2nd graders.

Teacher TALES will be presented with Universe Explorers for 3rd through 5th graders.

See details here.  

Summer Reading t-shirts
The Friends of the Library are selling t-shirts with the summer theme, A Universe of Stories.  See more information here.  

If you have any questions about our Summer Reading Program, please ask us at the library or online here.  

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