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

Sign-up starts on Monday, June 5. You can register at the library, at several outreach events, or below starting June 5.

*Summer Reading Challenge Registration Form*

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

El lunes 5 de junio comienza el concurso. Usted puede inscribirse en la biblioteca, en varios eventos de divulgación, o a continuación a partir del 5 de junio.

*Formulario de registro de desafío de leer de verano*

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 home plate, move around the bases, 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 base, come to the library to get a limited edition Summer Reading button (with art designed by local artist Rocky Casillas)!

4) When you reach Home Plate, 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 11 and prize winners will be drawn August 14!

Grand Prizes!

For Adults - Choose from:

  • Minnesota State Parks pass (2 available)
  • Northfield swag bag
  • Gift card and swag for the Cannon Valley Cinema

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 2024!)
  • 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 passed home plate (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

CATCH the Summer Reading kick-off concert with Justin Roberts Thursday, June 8 at 6 p.m. at Way Park!

RUN, don't WALK to the library for the teen Summer Reading kickoff party on Thursday, June 8 at 3:30 p.m. on the library patio for t-shirt tie-dying, snacks and more!

JOIN THE TEAM for Library Day at the Dundas Dukes game on Sunday, June 18. Sparkles the Unicorn will throw out the first pitch!

CELEBRATE a full summer of reading with FREE ADMISSION to the Old Memorial Pool from 6-8:00p.m. on August 3rd!

Summer Concert Series

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

JUNE 14 - Salsa del Soul

JUNE 21 - Val Son

JUNE 28 - Roe Family Singers

JULY 5 - Mark Joseph

JULY 12 - Red Hot Django Peppers

JULY 19 - Patchouli and Terra Guitarry

JULY 26 - Kash and Khary

AUG 2 - Rich Lewis Band

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