Joliet Public Library Citywide Summer Reading Challenge Goal of 3 Million Pages Met

The Joliet Public Library's Citywide Summer Reading Challenge Goal has been met and exceeded. With about two weeks left to go in the program, which began on June 4, the City of Joliet collectively read a total of 3,216,539 pages, surpassing the library's goal of 3 million. All participants who contributed toward the challenge by logging pages will have their overdue fines wiped from their library account records in addition to other library related prizes and coupons handed out for milestones met during the program.

To have overdue fines removed, participants must visit either the Ottawa Street Branch or the Black Road Branch or call 815-740-2660 with their library card number between July 31 and August 5. Replacement and damage costs still apply.

Only participants in the Summer Reading Challenge qualify for fine forgiveness, but there is still time to sign up! Ask a staff member at either library location to assist you or sign up online at

By joining the Summer Reading challenge, children, teens, and adults of all ages are encouraged to learn together as a family and community. Readers are invited to join the fun by reading books, attending free programs at both library locations and submitting pages read in person and online. Reading logs can be turned in at either library location or online at The Summer Reading Challenge and the events surrounding it are free.

New to the program this year are the bonus challenges. Let us know when you volunteer in your community, build or create something, and even try a new fitness routine. Jot down the date you completed the challenge in your log and post a photo to our Joliet Public Library Facebook page using the hashtag #JPLSummer to gain Internet fame.

That's not all, every child through grade 6 who visits the library five times or more will receive one ticket to our Splash Station final party on August 2 or August 3 from 6:30-8:30 pm.

There is still plenty of time to join us. All page logs will need to be submitted by July 29 and prizes need to be picked up by August 5. Grand prize winners will be called for their prizes at the end of the summer.

The Friends of the Joliet Public Library provided funds for prizes, as well as several Joliet businesses who offered in-kind donations.

The Joliet Public Library is committed to being a resource for patrons of the surrounding community to read, explore, ask and discover. For more information, visit or call 815-740-2660. Library hours are Monday- Thursday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, Friday –Saturday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

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