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The Library is open, including seating, study rooms, and Express Computer Stations. Masks must be worn during high risk hours (Mon-Fri, 9-10am). Otherwise, masks are recommended but not required while visiting the Library. Click here for information about Curbside Pickup. 

Camp Hiawatha

Reading! Fun! Prizes! June 1-August 14

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

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. 

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 13-17)

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. Winners will be drawn after Camp Hiawatha ends on August 14. (To win, you must be a CSPL cardholder.) 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. You can also stop by the Adult Services Desk and pick up a paper book log. 

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 Nintendo Switch!  


  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?

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: