For Teens

Participating in Summer Reading Clubs is as easy as 1-2-3!

Here’s how to participate:

1. Register and pick up your reading club materials

At the end of June, bring your reading log to the library to pick up your free book and receive an entry into the grand prize drawing. Keep reading…at the end of July, bring  your reading log to the library to receive a free book and receive a second entry into the grand prize drawing.

2. Complete the rock and roll scavenger hunt

Complete the scavenger hunt for a chance to win Google Play cards, iTunes cards, and other prizes.

3. Register for (and attend!) library programs and special events

Check out our events calendar here, then come join us for the fun!

Why is Summer Reading important?

Many high school students dread summer reading—even if your school requires it, it may be tempting to procrastinate getting it done until the very last minute. This summer, for the sake of your college applications, don’t. Here are four reasons why summer reading matters—and how you can make it work for you on your college applications and essays.

Summer slide refers to summer learning loss, which can happen if you don’t stay academically active in the summer. Your ease with reading—and your overall school readiness—can drop during the summer months. Summer reading can position you to start the school year with your best foot forward.  If you’re about to begin your junior year in high school, this is especially important. Your grades from junior year are a crucial component of your college applications.

This doesn’t mean you have to read Moby Dick or Wuthering Heights. Instead, read articles and books that reflect your passions or interests—or read books that prompt you to consider the world in a different way. Then, you will be in a position to use those texts and ideas to construct a thoughtful and memorable application essay.

Reading is a great way to expand your knowledge base. While required reading during the school year usually focuses on predetermined course content, summer reading gives you a chance to follow your own interests and gives you the opportunity to explore new ideas.

People who read tend to have larger vocabularies than non-readers. The more you read, the better your comprehension becomes. Exposure to different writing styles can help you practice and develop your own writing voice and the writing skills you will need in college. All of these skills are critical on the ACT and SAT, and strong test scores expand your options.

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