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Camp Hiawatha

Reading! Fun! Prizes! June 1-August 15

Welcome to Camp Hiawatha: The annual summer reading celebration at Carol Stream Public Library!

This year our theme is Explore Your World. From our own backyards and gardens - to local parks, cultural destinations, and businesses - to the worlds contained in books: we will get curious and learn together! Scroll down below to find out how to participate in the program for your age group. And, if you are participating as a family (one adult and one child or teen), you could enter to win a Family Prize Basket. Happy Reading!

Kids (For ages birth - 12)

Pick up a reading log (or download and print one from the link below) to keep track of your time reading. For every 200 minutes you read, you'll get a reward. After 200 and 400 minutes, you'll be able to pick something from the Prize Store. When you complete 600 minutes, you'll get to choose a book to take home and keep. (Prizes may be claimed starting June 14.)  At each level, you'll also earn an entry into our Prize Basket Drawing. And if you're extra ambitious, every 200 minutes beyond that will earn you an extra entry into the Prize Basket Drawing. This summer, you'll have the option of visiting the Youth Services Desk to pick out your prizes and book in person, or you can take a photo of your log, email it to us, and you can come get your prizes via Curbside Pickup.

But Camp Hiawatha isn't just about reading...we're planning fun (and free!) activities this summer. Check out our calendar!  

download a reading log       

Teens (For ages 13-18)

Are you ready for a Summer Challenge? For every 200 minutes you read, you'll get credit for one entry for a Teen Prize basket. Track your reading online at beginning June 1. The prize basket drawing will be held at the end of summer. Plus, click here to see the fun stuff we have planned for the summer.  

track your minutes 

Adults (For ages 18+)

Camp Hiawatha is a great place to level-up your reading by competing for prizes and exchanging book reviews with your neighbors. Read any book you like and record your books online to earn entries for a prize basket featuring a Kindle Fire, a Lego set, and a 1 pound bar of chocolate. Five winners will be drawn when Camp Hiawatha ends on August 15. Each book you record earns you one entry into the drawing. You can earn a bonus entry by adding a book review. And, each week, one lucky winner will get to choose a book to keep from the "Shopping Cart."  Track your reading online at beginning June 1. 

We're also hosting events online all summer: Check out our event calendar here.

track your books

Family Prize Drawing

If one adult and a teen or child from their family participate in Camp Hiawatha Summer Reading, you're eligible for our Family Prize Drawing. This year's Family prize is a year-long international snack food subscription box!  


  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.

Scavenger Hunt

This activity, designed for all ages to enjoy, asks you to look around at your world with new eyes! Check off any ten items on the list, bring your completed scavenger hunt to either the Adult Services Desk or the Youth Services Desk, and you'll get a small prize! Paper scavenger hunt sheets may be picked up at the Library or printed at home from the link below. If you prefer to work from your mobile device: click the link below and download the image. You can either mark up the image as you go, or keep a separate list of your activities. When you've finished ten, bring your device to a Librarian at either the Adult or Youth Services Desk.


Who was Hiawatha?

The Library is located at 616 Hiawatha Drive, and our summer reading program is called Camp Hiawatha. But who was Hiawatha? In the time prior to the arrival of European colonizers, the nations of the Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas, and Senecas lived near each other and had many cultural commonalities - but they were often at war amongst themselves. A prophet known as the Peacemaker had a plan to bring all the nations together and was joined by a chief of one of the nations, named Aionwatha (Hiawatha). The result of their efforts was the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy. It is the oldest, living, participatory democracy on earth. Each nation governs itself, but the member nations join together in dealing with issues that affect all the nations. The writers of the United States Constitution were heavily influenced by both the political system and the democratic principles of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Their influence on our nation’s roots can be seen in our national motto (Out of many, one) and even in some symbols that make up our Great Seal!

To learn more:

Map of First Nations: