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Camp Hiawatha

Reading! Fun! Prizes! June 15-August 15

Welcome to Camp Hiawatha Summer Reading!

Although this summer is bound to be different from last year, plenty of things will be the same. The sun will still shine, watermelons will still be sweet, and everyone will still get prizes for reading books! We've made the Camp Hiawatha Summer Reading event as close to normal as possible, but there have been some changes to the way it works. The main changes are that you won't be asked to bring your summer reading sheet to the Library for approval, you'll choose your reading prizes online, and we'll be hosting our events online. Happy Reading!

Start logging your books on June 15 to join the fun. Activites are divided into three age groups:

Kids (Babies-age 12)

You can either track your reading minutes on your own, or click here to get a form to print at home. For every 300 minutes you read, you'll get a prize! But it's not all about reading...we're planning fun (and free!) activities this summer. Check out our calendar!

Teens (Age 13-18)

Are you ready for a Summer Challenge? For every 200 minutes you read, you'll receive a prize and an entry into a drawing for the Teen Grand Prize Basket. Plus, click here to see the fun stuff we have planned for the summer. Start tracking your reading challenge minutes by clicking this link:

Adults (Ages 18+)

This year's adult event has been simplified for complicated times: read any book you like, record your books online, and earn entries for a prize basket featuring a Kindle Fire! Each book you record earns you one entry into the drawing. You can earn extra entries by also submitting a book review. Track your reading online at beginning June 15. We're also hosting events online all summer: Check out our event calendar here. 

Family Prize Drawing

If one adult and a teen or child from a family participate in Camp Hiawatha Summer Reading, you're eligible for our Family Summer Reading Drawing. This year's Family prize is a basket featuring a year-long Disney+ subscription, along with other goodies!


  1. When an adult registers at for the Adult Summer Reading event, there will be a check box on the registration form that will automatically enter you into the Family Prize Drawing. 
  2. Questions? Email us at for help if you can't find the checkbox.

Who was Hiawatha?

Hiawatha was one of the co-founders of the Iroquois League. He lived sometime between 1100 C.E. and 1400 C.E. in the area east of Lakes Erie and Ontario. He was possibly a leader of the Onondago, or the Mohawk, or both. Hiawatha was a follower of a Huron prophet called the Great Peacemaker (Deganawida), who envisioned the unification of the conflict-ridden Iroquois nations. Hiawatha and the Great Peacemaker worked with Jihonhsasee, known as the Mother of Nations, to form a Great Council comprised of leaders from the Mohawk, Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, Seneca, and later, the Tuscarora. The Great Council not only ended the raids, wars, and feuds between the tribes, it also strengthened trade and allowed the tribes to form a unified front against European invaders. The Great Council, now known as the Six Nations, still convenes and exerts influence in western New York.