Summer reading program underway at Princeton Public Library

PRINCETON — Princeton Public Library’s 2021 summer reading program started June 1 and will run through Saturday, July 31.

This year they will again use a smartphone app called Reader Zone as their reading log, though they will have paper logs available for those families who prefer them.

Participants will track their reading minutes and can win prizes for reaching their reading goals, with incentive prizes at several levels. For each five hours of reading or each activity accomplished, participants also receive a ticket to put in raffle jars for different prizes, with the drawing to be held on Aug. 2.

How to sign up for the Reader Zone app:

1. Search for “Reader Zone” at your app store.

2. Install the Reader Zone app for Android, Apple or Amazon device.

3. Make an account and add your reader(s).

4. Join our reading program with our code: 7752d

The library will also be offering activities and challenges that can be done outdoors and at home, with several drop-in programs at the library with reserved times.

Also starting on June 1, the Princeton Public Library and Princeton Chamber of Commerce began sponsoring a book walk/scavenger hunt based on Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffer’s picture book “The Day the Crayons Quit.” Storyboards from the book will be placed in windows of 15 Main Street businesses. As families go from business to business to read the story, they will also see crayons holding up secret words to write on a scavenger hunt cards; the cards can be picked up at Princeton Public Library or at participating businesses. Completed cards are to be returned to the library by 3 p.m. Saturday, June 19, in order to be entered in a drawing for one of two gift bags.

To learn more about other summer reading activities that are part of the summer adventure at the library, call 815-875-1331 or visit the library’s website at

Kevin Hieronymus

Kevin has been sports editor of the BCR for more than 34 years and previously was sports editor of the St. Louis Daily News, Tazewell News and ISU Daily Vidette. He is a 2021 inductee into the IBCA Hall of Fame as a media member and was awarded as 2021 IPA Best Sports Section and Best Sports Column