Summer Reading Program 2021: Reading Colors Your World

June 5 – July 17, 2021

Virtual Program Series via Zoom

During each week of the summer reading program, we have partnered with amazing organizations to bring you and your child an exciting and educational (virtual) opportunity! To sign your child or teen up for the Summer Reading Program, stop by the Tolono Library or email the Program Coordinator at Be sure to include the child’s name, age, address, and phone number. You will then receive your reading log and rules/faq booklet.

Blacksmith Grey
June 8: 10-10:45AM

By the time settlers migrated to Illinois, a lot of tools were made from iron-gray. Many of the artifacts at the Museum of the Grand Prairie have iron parts and were made by a blacksmith! Join museum staff to learn about some of these objects from the past and make a fun craft of your own! (Pick up your activity kit between Jun 1-8.)

Seeing Red
June 10: 10-10:45AM

We see red all over the universe! Join the Staerkel Planetarium to look at red stuff in the solar system, red stuff in the Milky Way, and red stuff all over other galaxies. We will also learn why we’re seeing red everywhere.

It’s Easy Being Green
June 17: 10-10:45AM

Staff from the Urbana Park District’s Anita Purves Nature Center will offer ideas and tips for how to save resources (and money!) and explain why it’s important to do our part. The program will conclude with a story from storyteller Kim Sheahan Sanford.

Reading Isn’t Corny
June 24: 10-10-45AM

Join the Illinois Distributed. Museum for a fun program to talk about yellow corn. We will share stories related to corn, share history about the Morrow plots on the University of Illinois campus, and share a couple of activities related to corn, including how to make your own butter. Stay for a story by Kim Sheahan Sanford from the Spurlock Museum.

Blue High Jinx with Tuba Charlie
July 1: 10-10:45AM

Tuba Charlie is always sad because whenever he tries to play the rainbow, his voice only sounds blue. So, his mischievous friends have him lead their monkeyshine parade through Sousaville and the entire town discovers rainbow blue is all they needed, too. John Scott Schwartz and his crazy Sousa Music Crew as they play the voices of Charlie’s rainbow. We’ll end the program with a story by the Spurlock Museum’s Kim Sheahan Sanford.

Paintings of Many Colors
July 8: 10-10:45AM

The Champaign County History Museum has recently acquired the art collection of Marajen Stevick Chinigo, the former owner of the News-Gazette. Her personal artwork reflected her colorful personality. Join museum staff for a program of many colors on Mrs. Chinigo and the various art techniques that she used in her painting.

The Brown Around Us
July 13: 10-10:45AM

Brown is one of the most abundant colors in nature. It may not be the most vibrant color, but this color still has a story to tell. Join staff from the Homer Lake Interpretive Center as we take to nature and explore all things brown!

When the World Was in Black and White
July 15: 10-10:45AM

Using black and white photos from the Champaign County Historical Archives, let’s talk about visual literacy and interpreting historical photos. The Spurlock Museum’s Kim Sheahan Sanford will end the program with a story.

Summer Reading Program Grand Finale! Royal Purple
July 17: 10-10:45AM

For thousands of years, purple has been the color associated with wealth and royalty in the western part of the world. Join Kim Sheahan Sanford of the Spurlock Museum for a program featuring kings, queens, princes, and princesses… and maybe a jester or two.

To register for any of these fantastic programs, email the Tolono Library’s Program Coordinator at Be sure to include the program/s that you are interested in and the name that you plan to log into the program with.