Summer Reading for Tweens


The Tween Summer Reading Program at the St. Joseph Public Library is open to all children who are rising 4th – 6th graders. We have a separate program, for children 1 year old –rising 3rd graders. Click here to read about the children’s program.



How do I play?

Start by getting registered. You can pre-register online here, or registration in person starts on June11th. Then all you have to do is Start Reading! Your reading log is a BINGO card with 30 squares on it. You will get a prize each time you complete 5 squares. The books, magazines, audiobooks, etc. that you read have to come from ones you’ve checked out of our library. Be sure to turn your BINGO card in by August 4th at 5:00PM to be eligible for the grand prize drawing.

How do I get the prizes I've earned?

Once you have your BINGO card and you have checked off 5 squares, you’ve completed a session. Then you just have to stop in the Children’s Room and show a staff member your BINGO card. The staff member will stamp your card and you can choose your prize for that session. There are a total of 6 sessions that you can finish for the program.

What Events are you having?

The staff at the library has arranged for some fun and exciting events for you to enjoy this summer—and they’re FREE! They are listed on your BINGO card and posted throughout the library. If you have any questions, please call the library at 983-7167 ext. 17
Hope to see you there!


For Tweens:


Kick Off Party  — June 10th  from  3:00 - 6:00pm
Sponsored by Veersma State Farm Insurance and Kathy&Gary Cowall
Get registered, play a game, have a treat.  Door Prizes every half hour.


Glow in the Dark Games — June 19 @ 2:00pm
Sponsored by Glenn and Kathy Ward
With various stations of glow in the dark games, via black light, they will get a chance to compete in teams in an environment that glows with the brighter side of the moon! Refreshments, glow in the dark face paint, cosmic dancing and prizes will add to the fun in this tween only event.


NERF Blast! — July 10  @  4:00pm   (combined with teens)
Sponsored by The Friends of the Library  
Back by popular demand! Blast your friends...and have a blast with your fiends!  Players will run, dodge, and dive as they try to out wit and out-blast the competition.  From “Capture the Flag” to “Eliminator” to “Zombies vs. Human,” players will put their physical and mental skills to the test. This event will be held in our garden, weather permitting.


For Children of all ages and Families

Mime Rob Reider — June 18 @ 1:00pm
Sponsored by Honor Credit Union
Whether on stage or strolling through the audience, his mime, juggling, balloon animals and hilarious improvisation will make your afternoon a truly fun experience.


Sarett - Survival of the Fittest: Nature edition — June 25 @ 2:00pm
Sponsored by Anjum and Kim Gillespie                                                
A Sarett Naturalist will bring a variety of indigenous animals to show attendees all the curious ways they’ve modified their bodies to survive.


Our Universe Rocks — July 9 @ 2:00pm
Sponsored by Dr. Brown-Advanced Skin and MOHS Surgery Center
This space-themed Rock and Roll show is a big hit with earthlings of all ages.   Let's dance, clap, twist, and rock, in this fun, interactive, energizing concert. All music and vocals are performed live! A great family event with audience participation and one that is sure to please kids of all ages.


Roz Puppets — July 18 @ 6:30pm
Sponsored by Dr. Brown-Advanced Skin and MOHS Surgery Center
Roz Puppets are reminiscent of Jim Henson’s puppets… colorful, fun, and engaging.   Join us for a hilarious retelling of a classic Aesop Fable as Roz Puppets present: The Boy Who Saw Martians.


Happy Birthday Harry Potter! — July 31 from 3:00pm - 7:00pm (open house)
Sponsored by Keller & Keller and Ray and Liz Darato
You are cordially invited to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (a.k.a. Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library) for a celebration of the birth of the   esteemed and beloved young wizard, Harry Potter. This will be an informal “drop-in” afternoon/early evening program with crafts, games, and a scavenger hunt (attendees are encouraged to wear their wizard attire, though it is not required).



Have a smaller child?   Check out our children's page

How about a 7th-12th grader?    Here's our Teen page