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This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is for EVERYONE—including adults!

Sign-up starts on Thursday, June 6. You can register at the library, at several outreach events, or below.

Register Here

Este año, el Desafío de lectura de verano es para TODOS, incluyendo a los adultos.

El jueves 6 de junio comienza el concurso. Usted puede inscribirse en la biblioteca, en varios eventos de divulgación, o a continuación a partir del 6 de junio.

Registrar Aquí

How it Works

1) First, SIGN UP for Summer Reading using the link above.

2) Then, complete activities on our challenge map (for kids, teens or adults), available as pdfs (8 1/2 x 14") below (on the right) and in print form at the library. Starting at your home planet, move around the galaxy, completing the challenges as you go. If you finish a challenge out of order, no stress! Go ahead and check it off. Feel free to substitute reading/listening to a book for 20 min for any challenge!

3) When you get to a planet, come to the library to get a limited edition Summer Reading button or sticker!

4) When you reach the final planet, come to the library for your final button and a raffle ticket into our grand prize entry.

5) Done with the summer reading challenge but summer isn't over? Run the bases again! Complete the challenges again to get another grand prize raffle ticket.

*The final day to claim buttons and submit raffle entries is August 16 and prize winners will be drawn August 19!

Grand Prizes!

For Adults - Choose from:

  • Minnesota State Parks pass (2 available)
  • Northfield swag bag
  • Bookish bundle

For Teens - Choose from:

  • GAME ON: Gift card to Games n' Geek, Nerdy swag, Treats!
  • LET'S GET CRAFTY: Gift card to the Sketchy Artist, Crafty wonders, Treats!
  • JUST A TASTE: Gift card to Hogan Bros, Gift card to The Blast, Treats!

For Kids: - Choose from: 

  • Private horseback riding lesson donated by Vixen Hollow
  • 1x 10-punch passes to Old Memorial Pool donated by the City of Northfield (2 winners! Also good for 2025!)
  • Art Box of Awesome containing more than $50 of craft supplies for you to live your wildest crafty dreams!


JUST FOR KIDS: Reader of the Week

Each week, every kid who has reached the final planet (and earned a raffle ticket) that week will have a chance to be the READER OF THE WEEK and win the following fabulous prizes:

  • A $5 gift card to The Blast
  • Picture shared on library social media AND on the Mayor's social media
  • A yard sign announcing they are Reader of the Week to display during "their week" (and then return!)


Summer Reading Start to Finish

OBSERVE the Summer Reading kick-off concert with Justin Roberts Thursday, June 6 at 6 p.m. at Way Park!

JOIN THE CREW for Library Day at the Dundas Dukes game on Sunday, July 14th. Sparkles the Unicorn will throw out the first pitch!

CELEBRATE a full summer of reading with FREE ADMISSION to the Old Memorial Pool from 4-6:00 p.m. on August 14th!

Summer Concert Series

Also check out our summer concert series, presented by Northfield Public Library and Community Ed!

JUNE 12 - Salsa del Soul

JUNE 26 - Val Son

JULY 3 - Tre Aaron & The Undergroove

JULY 10 - Mark Joseph

JULY 17 - Kash and Khary

JULY 24 - Ryan Picone Quartet

JULY 31 - Patchouli & Terra Guitarra

All concerts are free, start at 6 p.m., and take place at Way Park.