Teen Summer Reading

teenBy Keri Mills, Young Adult Librarian

The summer is an exciting time at the library. As you have seen from previous articles, kids and adults have their own separate summer reading programs. Teens, too, have their own program with fun events going on throughout June and July. Teens going into 7th grade through high school are welcome to participate. Here are some of the FAQs about Teen Summer Reading.

Why should my teen participate in summer reading?
First and foremost, it is a great way to encourage your teens to read, particularly those who are reluctant readers. Teens can read whatever they like in our program. Their books do not have to come off a required reading list, and there are no tests they will have to take. They simply pick up a book, magazine, graphic novel, audiobook, or e-book and get started! Secondly, it is a great way to expose your teens to the library and the wide variety of materials that we have available for them. Teens have their own Young Adult section with a variety of fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, and magazines to choose from, covering a range of different topics. If they come in to sign up for summer reading, they are bound to find something to hold their interest.

How does summer reading work?
It is simple to participate in Teen Summer Reading. Teens can register by coming into the library or on the library’s website. Once they are registered, they simply keep track of the number of minutes they are reading. To track their minutes of reading, teens will go into the online account they have created and type in the number of minutes read. For teens who do not have computer/Internet access from home, they can simply record their minutes on a piece of paper or their provided reading log, bring this into the library, and have us record it in their online account.

What are the reading goals and incentives?

  • 1 hour of reading = 1 drawing chance in weekly drawings held throughout June and July. For each additional hour of reading completed during a given week, participants earn additional drawing chances. Possible drawing prizes include gift certificates from Purple Swirl, Target, The Dusty Bookshelf, Pizza Hut, and Wal Mart. Other prizes could include water bottles, magnetic bookmarks, summer reading bags, and books.
  • 7.5 hours of reading = choice between Varsity Donuts coupon or Papa Murphy’s cookie dough coupon.
  • 15 hours of reading = prize book, plus a coupon for chips and queso or chips and salsa from Chili’s.

Can you suggest some books my teen might like to read?
The theme for this year’s Teen Summer Reading program is “Beneath the Surface.” There is a list of books relating to this theme on a bookmark in the YA area of the library. This list can also be found on our website under the “Teen” tab.  If your teens are still struggling to find something to read, have them fill out our Personalized Reading List form. The form can picked up at the library or on our website. Once teens fill it out, they will receive a list of 10-15 recommended books.

Is there anything else for my teens to do at the library?
We have teen events going on throughout June and July. These are listed on our website under the “Teen” tab. One of the new things we are doing this summer is Maker Workshops. Teens can come in and learn how to create some new things and take them home with them. For instance, on June 19th, the Beach Museum will be teaching teens some basics of printmaking. We will also have Teen Gaming twice a month. Tomorrow’s Teen Gaming will be free video game play on the Xbox (Minecraft is available) and Wii as well as a Spoons card game tournament. These are only a few of the events that are offered all summer, so be sure to check them all out. No pre-registration is required.


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