Dig Deeper! Summer Reading Challenge 2020

Are you ready to Dig Deeper, and read, investigate, and discover? Join us! Summer at the library will be different, but we still want you to have fun reading over the summer. From the week of June 8th until July 17th, complete the tasks in the squares. Turn in that sheet only, with the marked off squares, by July 17th. Prizes will be announced and awarded by July 31st. Make sure a name is on the sheet when turning in!

Printed copies of reading task cards for all ages (birth-3, 4-5th grade, teens and adults) will be available for pickup at the library. They are also available right here on our website for printout at home!

The link below will download and open the Summer Reading Challenge task sheets for ages 4 – 5th grade.


The link below will download and open the Summer Reading Challenge task sheets for babies up to age 3.


Chapter Book Genre Fiction Lists

Sometimes it can be overwhelming to walk in the library to see stacks of books organized by author. You aren’t sure where to look for a book to read! Introducing: genre fiction lists. These lists are organized by topic and feature 15 books that can all be found in the Harrisburg District Library.

Click the links to open up a new page and view each book list!








Monarch Award

The Monarch Award is the Illinois K-3 Readers’ Choice Award. Book nominations are accepted statewide from school library media specialists, teachers, public librarians, and students.  Books are both fiction and non-fiction and include a range of interest and reading levels for students K-3. Come check out an Illinois Monarch Award winner today!

Harrisburg District Library has copies of Monarch Book Award winners for 2020 and 2021. Links below will open PDF documents for each year!




Bluestem Award

The Bluestem Award is the Illinois Readers’ Choice Award for Grades 3-5. Bluestem books are fiction and non-fiction , ranging interests and reading levels. Come check out a Bluestem Award book today!

Harrisburg District Library has copies of the books in the Bluestem Award lists for 2020 and 2021. Click the links below to open PDF documents.



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Accelerated Reader Bookfinder:

Search for books to find the AR Level and points value. If the book is on this website, there is an AR test for it at your school!


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Cloud Library

The 3M Cloud Library app is available for Harrisburg District Library patrons to download e-books and e-audiobooks for free! All you need is your Harrisburg District Library card number and 4-digit PIN. The app is available for free download to iOS and Android devices. The Cloud Library has fiction and non-fiction for kids, teens, and adults.


*Choose Illinois Heartland Library System when prompted to “Find Your Local Library.”



The Hoopla app is available for Harrisburg District Library patrons to download e-books, e-audiobooks, movies, TV shows, and music for free! All you need is your Harrisburg District Library card number and 4-digit PIN. The app is available for free download to iOS and Android devices. There are items available for all ages, with no wait times. Download the item immediately for easy access or stream online.


*Sign up with an email and password, choose your library, accept the terms and conditions, then enter your library card number and 4 digit PIN

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TumbleBooks is a fun and interactive library of books available right at your fingertips. It allows you to read along with an animated book or read on your own. TumbleBooks are created by taking story books and adding animation, sound, music, and movement to create an e-book. Find picture books, chapter books, non-fiction, videos, and more for children of all ages on TumbleBooks today!

Click to access TumbleBooks

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Kids InfoBits

Kids InfoBits is a database perfect for primary and elementary school learners. It features information on topics such as health, sports, plants, science, and literature. Click the photo to access with either your Harrisburg District Library card number and 4-digit PIN, or using har16592

Click to access Kids InfoBits

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Children can visit Harrisburg District Library for free access to ABC Mouse. ABC Mouse

offers activities to improve math, reading, and art skills. Visit the classroom, the zoo, the farm, and more! Access is only available in-house at the library.

Ms. Emily’s Pick of the Month

Ms. Emily’s Picture Book Pick

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

This book is available at our library.

Find out more about this book with this synopsis from Goodreads below

Working up the courage to take a big, important leap is hard, but Jabari is almost absolutely ready to make a giant splash.

Jabari is definitely ready to jump off the diving board. He’s finished his swimming lessons and passed his swim test, and he’s a great jumper, so he’s not scared at all. “Looks easy,” says Jabari, watching the other kids take their turns. But when his dad squeezes his hand, Jabari squeezes back. He needs to figure out what kind of special jump to do anyway, and he should probably do some stretches before climbing up onto the diving board.

In a sweetly appealing tale of overcoming your fears, newcomer Gaia Cornwall captures a moment between a patient and encouraging father and a determined little boy you can’t help but root for.

Ms. Emily’s Pick of the Month

Ms. Emily’s Chapter Book Pick

A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold 

Available at our library and as an ebook on the Cloud Library and as an ebook and eaudiobook on the Hoopla.

Check out the synopsis from Goodreads

For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises — some of them good, some not so good. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter.

But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he’s got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet.

Ms. Krys’s Pick of the Month

Can I Be Your Dog by Troy Cummings

Available at our library and as an ebook on the Cloud Library

Find out more with this synopsis from Goodreads below

A dog adoption story told through letters–from the dog, himself!

Arfy, a homeless mutt lives in a box in an alley. Arfy writes to every person on Butternut Street about what a great pet he’d make. His letters to prospective owners share that he’s house broken! He has his own squeaky bone! He can learn to live with cats! But, no one wants him. Won’t anyone open their heart–and home–to a lonesome dog?

Ms. Lisa’s Pick of the Month

Max Explains Everything: Grocery Store Expert by Stacy McAnulty

Available at our library

Check out the synopsis from Goodreads

Max’s hilarious guide to the grocery store turns an everyday errand into an adventure.

Max knows everything about trips to the grocery store because his parents make him go All. The. Time. Even when they run out of little things . . . like toilet paper. So he’s pretty much an expert. Whether it’s choosing the right breakfast cereal or surviving the obstacle course that is the produce section, Max is here to help. Having trouble talking mom into finally getting that puppy she promised? Picking up a bag of dog food might just be the push she needs! And always remember to keep your eyes on the prize–the checkout lane is your last chance to grab the real essentials. Candy! Full of humor and “helpful” tips, Max Explains Everything: Grocery Store Expert is the first in a delightful new picture book series starring kid-expert Max!

“The single greatest breakdown of grocery store shopping you’ll find.” –Betsy Bird, A Fuse #8 Production

* “A fun romp around the grocery store that kids will relate to and a wonderful read-aloud.” — Kirkus Reviews , starred review

Ms. Makenzie’s Pick of the Month

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Available at our library and as an ebook and eaudiobook on the Cloud Library and Hoopla

Check out the synopsis from Goodreads below.

“For sheer storytelling delight and pure adventure, Treasure Island has never been surpassed. From the moment young Jim Hawkins first encounters the sinister Blind Pew at the Admiral Benbow Inn until the climactic battle for treasure on a tropic isle, the novel creates scenes and characters that have fired the imaginations of generations of readers. Written by a superb prose stylist, a master of both action and atmosphere, the story centers upon the conflict between good and evil – but in this case a particularly engaging form of evil. It is the villainy of that most ambiguous rogue Long John Silver that sets the tempo of this tale of treachery, greed, and daring. Designed to forever kindle a dream of high romance and distant horizons, Treasure Island is, in the words of G. K. Chesterton, ‘the realization of an ideal, that which is promised in its provocative and beckoning map; a vision not only of white skeletons but also green palm trees and sapphire seas.’ G. S. Fraser terms it ‘an utterly original book’ and goes on to write: ‘There will always be a place for stories like Treasure Island that can keep boys and old men happy.’

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