Welcome, Campers!

Fun! Adventure! Prizes! Registration open. Logging starts June 12.

With the days growing longer and warmer, it can only mean one thing: time to read outside! Or better yet: bring the great outdoors inside the Library. Welcome to Camp Hiawatha! Beginning June 1, we’ll have all the classic camp fun: arts & crafts, nature, making new friends, and learning new things, plus some fun surprises...and prizes! Depending on your age, you will register as a member of a cabin. Then, cabin members will compete with each other by reading, playing, and attending special events at Camp.

Kids (Babies-age 12)

Drop by the Youth Services Desk to register. You'll get a prize and an entry into our Grand Prize Drawing for every 200 minutes you read! Stop by anytime this summer to check out the Grand Prize Baskets you can enter to win.

Check out all the fun activities we have planned for this summer just for kids!

Teens (Age 13-18)

Are you ready for a Summer Camp Challenge? Step 1: Register online at, download the paper Challenge Tracker here, or stop by the Adult Services Desk to pick up a copy of the paper tracker. Step 2: Read 600 minutes and attend three teens-only programs. Step 3: Get entered to win tickets to Six Flags Great America! (And you'll get other cool prizes along the way.) 

Anime Club, YA book talks, and even a mystery to solve: Get involved with Camp Hiawatha and win those Great America tickets! 

Adults (Ages 18+)

BINGO is the name of the game this summer. The more boxes you cross off, the more chances you have to win a Grand Prize Basket! Drop by the Adult Services Desk to pick up a Bingo sheet, or download it by clicking here. You can also register and track your progress online at (If you track your progress online, you'll still need to come in to claim your prizes!) 

Learn new things (like how to keep bugs away naturally, tai chi, or how to make braided charm jewelry and check off those bingo boxes towards the Grand Prize! And remember: If you don't feel like completing an activity on the bingo sheet, you can always attend a program instead (just bring your sheet to us to get credit). 

Need help with the "Read a book set in the decade you were born" square? Click here to see our recommended list!

Family Prize Drawing

Our Family Summer Reading Drawing will feature a Brookfield Zoo Basic Plus membership, along with other goodies!


  1. One adult must complete and turn in one bingo row in the Adult Summer Reading Program.
  2. One child or teen must complete and turn in 200 minutes of reading.
  3. Bring the completed adult bingo card to the Youth Services Desk to receive an entry to the drawing.
  • One entry per family. Entries due by August 13.

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.