Little Library Lane – Family Reading Night Events

Love to read? Gather up your family and join this year’s Family Reading Night on November 15, 2012. This statewide event is sponsored by Jesse White, Secretary of State and State Librarian and the Illinois Center for the Book, to encourage families to spend time together reading, doing literature based activities and enjoying quality time together. There are some locations in and around Lake County that are hosting events for Family Reading Night. Please note the dates, as not all of the events are occurring on the official Family Reading night date.

Wauconda Area Library {801 N. Main Street, Wauconda – 847-526-6225}
Thursday, November 15th, 7:00 p.m.
Staley, the official mascot of the Chicago Bears will be visiting and sharing his favorite stories!
All Ages

 Fox Lake Public Library {255 E. Grand Avenue, Fox Lake – 847-587-0198}
Thursday, November 15th, 6:30-8:00p.m.
Come with the whole family for a celebration of reading with some fun stories!  All Ages


Warren Newport Public Library {224 N. O’Plaine Road, Gurnee – 847-244-5150}
Wednesday, November 14th, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Families are invited to come to the library to learn to read “outside the box”. Families can enjoy stories, activities and tips and how to make reading a family affair. All Ages

Indian Trails Library {355 Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling – 847-549-4100}
Tuesday, November 13th, 7:00-8:00p.m.
Come and bring the whole family for a night of storytelling and crafts! All Ages

*Please contact the library you want to attend ahead of time to see if you need to pre-register or buy tickets for the above mentioned events.*

Don’t want to brave the cold and would rather snuggle up with your family at home to celebrate family reading night? Here are some activities that you and the family can do at home to enjoy the night together:

Pajama Party

Have the family change into their pj’s, bring pillows and blankets, and share a bedtime book of their choice.

Game Night

Play reading themed games together as a family such as Scrabble, Boggle or Apples to Apples.

Mystery Reader

Invite a special guest such as a grandparent, aunt or uncle over to be a mystery reader! Keep it a surprise as you gather the kids in the family room and give them clues to figure out who it might be. Once the mystery reader is revealed, have them read a few stories to the kids and share a snack together afterwards.

Recipes and Reading

Find a book that centers around a recipe. Find a recipe for that food, read it and make it together as a family. Then, read the book while enjoying the treat! One example might be to find a favorite recipe for muffins and read the recipe together. Bake them up and when they are ready to eat, eat them while reading “If You Give A Moose A Muffin.”

Read and Draw

Read a favorite book and then ask children to draw a picture of their favorite scene. Share pictures with the family and discuss.

Read and Design

If you have older kids, read a few chapters together each night during the week to finish the book by Family Reading Night. Have your older kids design a book jacket for the book based on the story they heard and their interpretation of it.

Change the Ending

Read a favorite book together and have your school age children rewrite the ending of the book. Share each other’s new endings and talk about them.

Reading in the Kitchen

Have each child pick out a favorite recipe to make for dinner that night. Read the recipes together and cook together as a family. While enjoying your bounty, play a card trivia game with questions the children can read, together as a family.


Let your crafty kids make a scrapbook out of some favorite pictures using construction paper stapled together. Paste pictures on the paper and have the children write about what they were doing in each picture. Have each child share their scrapbook by reading the captions to the other family members.

Read and Research

Have older kids look up authors from one of their favorite books. Share information that is found with the family. If your older child read a historical fiction or non-fiction book, let them research the events from the book and explain to the family about that time in history.

Quiet Time

As a family, quietly end the chaotic day with some silent reading together. Cuddle up with some blankets and spend time, enjoying a book, enjoying the silence, and enjoying being together.

Whatever activity you decide to do, or event you decide to attend, take a lot of pictures to remember the night together and use them in a fun reading activity for next year’s Family Reading Night!

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