To earn your badge, choose any activity or combination of activities. When you’re done, click on the “Claim Badge” button below and complete the brief form. You’ll also be entered into Summer Camp raffles for a chance to win a prize!
All reading counts! But if you’d like to get into a book related to this week’s badge, here’s what we recommend:
Streaming Storytime • ages 0–5 This week's session is all about food! Nom-nom! Join live on Facebook; no account needed. Monday, June 21, 9 AM • Watch live
Streaming Storytimes Collection• ages 0–5 View any of 12+ past library storytimes about food. Watch on demand (on Facebook; no account needed)
Bagels with Bill the Baker • teens & adults Learn to make homemade bagels, including mixing, shaping, giving the bagels a bath, and baking. Tuesday, June 22, 7 PM • Sign up (required)
Lemonade Stand with Chef Kristyn • grades K–3 with an adult; grades 4–5 Take your sidewalk lemonade stand to the next level with tips from a professional chef. Find out how to make delicious lemonade and lemon-poppyseed muffins. You'll receive the ingredient list and recipes before the program. Thursday, June 24, 7 PM • Sign up (required)
Vernon Hills Farmers Market Browse fresh produce, meats, baked goods on Thursdays. Century Park, corner of Lakeview and Hawthorn parkways, Vernon Hills Thursday, June 24, 3–7 PM • Learn more
Long Grove Strawberry Fest The annual celebration of summer's sweetest fruit returns! Old McHenry & Robert Parker Coffin roads, in historic downtown Long Grove Friday, June 25, 12–11 PM Saturday, June 26, 10 AM–11 PM Sunday, June 27, 10 AM–6 PM Learn more
Lake Zurich Farmers Market Fresh vegetables and more, on Fridays. Paulus Park, 200 South Rand Road, Lake Zurich Friday, June 25, 3–7 PM • Learn more
Buffalo Grove Farmers Market Visit this outdoor, traditional farmers market to shop local products on Sundays. Route 83 between Deerfield Parkway and Buffalo Grove Road Sunday, June 27, 8:30 AM–12:30 PM • Learn more
Pick Your Own Strawberries Beginning in mid-June, Stade’s offers nearly 20 acres of strawberries to pick and enjoy. The farm offers other crops to pick as well, including sugar snap peas, raspberries, green beans, tomatoes, and apples, each in their season. Stades Farm Market, 3709 Miller Road, McHenry Learn more
Play Café at the Kohl's Children's Museum • grades K–5 Children get to try their hand making pretend meals for diners. This interactive exhibit is ongoing. 2100 Patriot Boulevard, Glenview Learn more • Get tickets ($)
Make Kid-Friendly Foods • all ages Get in the kitchen and make something delicious. PBS Kids has rounded up simple recipes from around the world. View the recipes Printable Pages • preschool–grade 5 Activity sheets and coloring pages, all about food and drink. Access with your Vernon Area Library card number. Once you're logged in, select Topics, then select Food and Cooking from the Themes menu; you may also narrow by grade. Teachables
Do Some Good!
Choose one of these ways to help provide nourishment for neighbors in need.
a can opener If you have an extra can opener, donate it to GiveNKind, a local organization that connects new or gently used items with the nonprofits that need them. There’s a great need for can openers for people who are moving into their own home for the first time. Donate at the library: collection bin in lobby
food Drop off pantry items as well as fresh or frozen foods at the Vernon Township Food Pantry, Monday–Friday, 9 AM–4 PM, at 3050 N. Main St., Buffalo Grove. Learn more
cash Donate to the Northern Illinois Food Bank, which helps supply the Township Food Pantry and feed neighbors throughout our area. Every $1 donation allows the Food Bank to purchase $8 in food. Donate now
“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… The people who give you their food give you their heart.” —Cesar Chavez
CLAIM YOUR BADGE
Starting June 21, submit your activities to receive a badge and enter the raffle. Complete one form for each participant.