By: Christina Keasler, Tween Librarian
Summer reading is upon us! You can even register online. Students entering grades 6-8 will be stylish all summer in their GEPL sunglasses that they will receive by registering for our summer reading program. The last couple years, GEPL readers have helped local organizations, and this year is no different. 2015’s theme is Read for Heroes. After reaching our goal, $2,000 will be split and donated to our local police and fire departments. This money will be used to help bring in new recruits that help make Glen Ellyn a safe place.
If the altruistic theme, and sunglasses, weren’t enough, we have prizes to reward you for all of your hours spent reading. The reading tiers have rewards like bowling, rock climbing, and mini golf passes, and of course FREE PIZZA!
After our ice cream social on June 8, readers earn a drawing slip each day they check in. Middle schoolers can use these drawing slips to enter for a weekly chance to win gift cards from Amazon or iTunes, rock climbing passes from Vertical Endeavors, or movie passes from Studio Movie Grill – or enter into our summer-long drawing to try and win a new Nintendo 3DS!
I know, this is awesome. And you can get this all for just reading!
But we’re not done yet.
Did that get your attention? Right now you’re asking, “What in the world am I looking at?!?!?!”
Well, I’ll tell you. You’re looking at a picture of me from eighth grade. Not my finest hour. This year, Teen Librarian Hannah and I are creating a competition between middle school and high school readers. Now, the more you read, the more crazy and embarrassing things Hannah and I have to do. I am asking middle schoolers to read an average of 60 hours this summer. In good faith, we are both releasing an embarrassing picture to get started. Here’s the plan:
15 hours: Hannah and I take part in the Marvel vs. DC Nerf War happening June 26. I’m repping for DC.
25 hours: We have to wear funny/weird outfits for a week.
35 hours: With our powers – and legs – combined, Hannah and I will do a timed three-legged race around the GEPL parking lot.
45 hours: It’s a break dance fight!
60 hours: A secret, public, and LIVE event!
All of these stunts will be documented and posted online, so don’t worry about missing it. Once either middle school or high school reaches a tier, we are bound to perform the stunt. The group that has read the most by the end of the summer will not only receive bragging rights, but the correlating librarian will have to do AN EXTRA EMBARRASSING (secret) THING!
Don’t let me down guys. I know we can stomp the high schoolers!
I’ll start practicing my breakdance moves.