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I work very hard, in coordination with my Teen Library Council, to make sure that this is a great place for teens, no matter if you're attending a program or just coming to do some homework without your little brother bugging you constantly. Our summer reading program and activities are no different.
I've broken things up into 3 different categories this summer.
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Summer Reading Program
This is where the swag is. Basically, for every hour increment that you hit (we start at 10 hours and go up to 70), you get a prize. You are guaranteed something at every level. Prizes start small with pizza gift certificates and eventually work up into t-shirts and lunch at the Thai place and cap out with a drawing for a Kindle Fire (you read that right). We have TONS of prizes, not just the stuff I mentioned here.
Some people are hesitant to do the reading program because they aren't really "readers." That's ok! We count listening to audiobooks in our program too. Audiobooks are anywhere from around 7-10 hours long, so theoretically you could listen to 7 books and be eligible for the Kindle drawing.
Our summer reading program for teens starts June 4. We're having a picnic lunch on the patio that day from 11-1, so you can come pick up your reading forms and grab lunch and a book at the same time. But you aren't limited to that day or time; the reading forms will be available until we run out, which could be days or weeks later.
Summer Book Chats
This year, all the books in our book chats are independent novels, meaning that you don't have to read one to understand the next. I hope that that makes it easier for people to attend one session and not the others, if they so choose. Additionally, participants who attend the book chat will get to keep their book. Score!
This year's books:
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Peak by Roland Smith
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefeter
This is where the meat of our summer is. We have lots and lots of different activities going on. There is something for everyone! We have AR Game and Fish coming out twice to issue boating safety certificates and, later, hunter's education cards. We have craft sessions. We have a Lord of the Rings movie marathon. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Seriously, there are so many things that I lack the stamina to type them all out. You can pick up a brochure of everything from the library, if you happen to swing by, or you can go to our website to download a copy.
Registration for our summer activities starts May 28. Everything except the picnic on June 4 and the Game Nights on Tuesdays requires registration; how else will I know how much food I need??
I'm thrilled about all our summer programs and I hope that you are too! And, remember, you are always welcome to call me (580-0987 x 2703) or email me (email@example.com) with any questions or issues.