Summer Reading Events



Summer Reading
June 5 - July 22 | OPEN TO ALL AGES
*Registration Opens June 5*
Join us for Summer Reading 2023! To register, you'll sign up on Beanstack, an online platform that allows patrons to earn badges and raffle tickets by reading and completeing challenges. Beanstack can be used on your web browswer or be downloaded to your phone through Google Play or the Apple Store. 
Baby Rhymes
Thursdays, starting June 1 | 10am - 11am | Ages 0 - 2
Bring in the storytime fun with Baby Rhymes! Let's enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes for babies ages 0-2.
Art Explorers
June 3 | 2pm - 3pm | Ages 8 - 12
Have a blast exploring your own creativity! We provide the materials, you bring your imagination. Each program we will have a surprise theme to learn new artistic mediums and techniques.
Park Storytime
Tuesdays, starting June 6 | 10:30am - 11am | Ages 0 - 8
Join Miss Angela for storytime at the park! For kids ages 0-8. Registration Required.

June: Heritage Park
July & Aug 1: Orchard Park

Bring your own chairs/blankets! Please register your child/children and include your email. If there is inclement weather, we will meet at the library.

Chess Club for Kids
June 6 | 5pm - 6pm | Ages 7+
Join us for an hour of fun! Practice your chess skills or learn the basics of playing the game. Chess Club is recommended for children 7 and up.

Experienced players will matchup against each other and help new players as well.

Make It Take It Tuesday
Tuesdays, starting June 6 | 6pm - 7pm | Grades 7 - 12
Do you like to make things? Register to get supplies for a cool new craft that you can do either in the FORT or at home. A different craft will be available every week. Instructions and supplies will be included, but certain tools, such as scissors or glue, will not be. Registration is required for each month.
Scrabble Club
June 7 | 11am - 12:30pm | Ages 18+
Join us for a relaxing and fun game of Scrabble!
No Registration Required
Teen Short Story Writing Contest
June 7 - July 19 | 1pm - 1:45pm | Grades 7 - 12
 If you are a teen writer looking for experience and exposure, then compete in the Summer Reading Teen Short Story Writing Contest. Rules of the contest consist of writing a short story (maximum of 10 pages) and submitting it by July 19th to
No Registration Required
Best Friends Movie Night
June 8 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm | Grades 7 - 12
Do you like to make things? Register to get supplies for a cool new craft that you can do either in the FORT or at home. A different craft will be available every week. Instructions and supplies will be included, but certain tools, such as scissors or glue, will not be. Registration is required for each month.
Baby Playtime
June 9 | 10am - 10:45am | Ages 0 - 2.5
Bring your baby to Baby Playtime! We'll have toys, sensory bins, coloring, bubbles, & more. Come out to meet new parents and socialize.
Senior Social Hour
June 9 | 1pm - 2pm | Ages 55+
Join us for an hour of fun, activities, and socializing! Light refreshments will be served. This Senior Social Hour will feature a presentation from Meghan Moran, from the Tinley Moraine Genealogists, on how to conduct genealogical research and push through roadblocks.
No Registration Required
Pokemon Trading Party
June 9 | 3:30pm - 4:30pm | Grades K - 6
Pokémon trade! Bring your doubles and your extras to the library, show them off, and trade with other collectors!
National Treasure Hunt
June 9 | 6pm - 8pm | Grades 7 - 12
Are you a puzzle solver? Can you tackle a well written riddle? Kick off your summer fun by deciphering clues throughout the library to steal the Declaration of Independence and preserve our nation's history!
Summer Reading Block Party
June 10 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm | All Ages
The block party is back! Get ready for a summer full of fun at the library! Join us as we play games, create art, dance, and more to kickoff this year's summer reading program!
No Registration Required
Summer Science Camp
Mondays, starting June 12 | 3:30pm - 4:30pm | Ages 7+
Learn science concepts through fun experiments, games, and activities! Registration Required. *Registration signs you up for the entire program series.
For ages 7 and up.
Art Therapy Night
June 12 | 6:30pm - 7:30pm | Ages 18+
Relax and unwind with coloring books, zentangle, origami, and other forms of art therapy while listening to music and enjoying conversation. Bring your own supplies or use ours.
No Registration Required
Mini Maestros
June 13 | 2pm - 3pm | Ages 4 - 8
Join Miss Rosie for an afternoon dive into the world of classical music. We will listen, dance, create, and learn a bit, too!
Teen Book Buzz
June 13 | 7:30pm - 8:30pm | Grades 7 - 12
Are you reading a book that is so good that you want to tell everyone about it? Come to the FORT, share your book with your peers and enjoy some snacks.
Mighty Music Makers with Miss Angie!
June 14 | 10:30am - 11:15am | Ages 0 - 5
You may have seen her at the Homewood Science Center, but now Miss Angie is coming to the library! (Not to be confused with our own Miss Angela)

Come and join Miss Angie for some fun interactive music and movement activities! Be ready to sing, dance, and play some instruments - fun for the children and adults!

Writer's Club
June 15 | 6:30pm - 7:30pm | Ages 18+
Each month we'll use different prompts to do quick writing exercises and share them with the group. It's okay if you don't want to share. We won't force you. But please join us for an evening of creative stretching.
No Registration Required
June 16 | 11am - 12pm | Ages 18+
B-I-N-G-O! Prizes awarded.
No Registration Required
LGBTea Time
June 16 | 6pm - 7:30pm | Grades 7 - 12
You are cordially invited to enjoy some refreshments while you learn about American LGBT+ history. Dress up, chill out, and enjoy the party.
No Registration Required
Open Mic Night
June 17 | 7pm - 9pm | Grades 7 - 12
Calling all singers, musicians, bands and storytellers! Bring your talent to the Homewood Public Library and perform for your peers. Performers will be eligible to win a $10 gift card. If you plan on performing, please put "Performer" in the notes field.
Open to anyone in grades 7-12.
Zines for Teens
June 19 | 3pm - 4:30pm | Grades 7 - 12
Whether you've never heard of a zine or you're a die hard paper folder, we'll show you how to make the zine of your dreams. Join us for an afternoon of pure creativity.
Lib Quiz
June 19 | 6:30pm - 7:30pm | Ages 18+
It's like pub quiz but at the library! Test your general, specific, and weird knowledge against other teams. Snacks provided, prizes awarded! Teams of up to 5 people. Team captain, register below.
Cookies & Comics
June 20 | 6:30pm - 7:30pm | All Ages
Let's talk comics!
Improvised Jane Austen
June 27 | TIME TO BE DETERMINED | Ages 18+
Improvised Jane Austen, voted the best imrpov troupe in Chicago, is coming to HPL! Join us for an evening of ceomdy, love, and improvisation. 
No Registration Required
Women Spies in WWII
June 28 | 7pm - 8pm | Ages 18+
 In 1942, as the free world crumbled beneath Hitler’s jackboot, Churchill’s Secret Army began recruiting women to infiltrate Occupied France. The women spies, who came from all walks of life, agreed to serve in the French Resistance even though they did not know if they would ever see their families again. Discover the adventures of some of these unimaginably brave women in this multimedia presentation by Kit Sergeant, author of The Spark of Resistance.
Game Night Throwdown
June 29 | 6pm - 8pm | All Ages
Join us for a group games like never before. Charades! Pictionary! Taboo! Everyone is welcome to come play these well loved games.
No Registration Required