You’re still gearing up for finals, but believe it or not, summer reading has begun at the library! This year, we’re going to Read for Heroes and raise money for the Glen Ellyn Police and Fire Departments. If we meet our reading goals, the Friends of the Glen Ellyn Public Library and the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn will donate towards a police scholarship fund and firefighter recruitment. Everything you’ve read since May 11 counts, and you should sign up ASAP because there is a lot going on this year! Let’s jump right into it with some new, fun stuff.
So that’s me, at age 18, after 24 sleepless hours. Yes, I’m a mess – that’s the point! Because this year, Tween Christina Keasler and I are shamelessly bribing you to read more and log your books by publicly humiliating ourselves as you reach certain goals. Consider this terrible photo a good faith offering (and check out Christina’s here). Here’s how it will work: every time you or the tweens hit a goal, Christina and I will do a ridiculous stunt. If you reach our total goal for the summer – five books per person for teens – it’s going to be amazing. In the meantime, every time your collective average goes up by one book per person, we do something ridiculous! Here’s how the stunts will look:
- Average of one book read per teen: Christina and I will participate in the DC vs. Marvel Nerf Wars on June 26 (I called dibs on Marvel immediately!)
- Average of two books read per teen: Christina and I will wear ridiculous outfits for a week. There will be pictures. Many, many pictures.
- Average of three books read per teen: Christina and I will tie our fates, and our legs, together and do a timed three-legged race around the GEPL parking lot. There will definitely be a video of this one!
- Average of four books read per teen: I do my best to kick Christina’s butt in a break-dancing competition. And of course there will be a video!
- Average of five books read per teen: We congratulate you on reaching your goal, and then…do a very special public performance (with video) that I will never live down, and you will definitely want to see. Trust me, it’ll be good. And remarkably, hilariously awkward for me.
And as an added incentive to beat the tweens to their goal (60 hours read per person,) whichever group reaches their goal first can expect an extra, solo, and hilarious video of their librarian doing our last secret stunt. And while that one will definitely be embarrassing for me, I’m actually kind of excited about it, humiliation and all, so help me do it and get reading!
As for the rest of summer reading, it’s going to sound more familiar. Get a t-shirt when you sign up, and a $5 gift card when you read your first book. After that, every five books you read gets you another gift card, and an entry into our grand prize drawing for a $150 gift card to Ticketmaster or a fire truck ride along for you and your friends. We have a special prize, another Ticketmaster gift card, for our top reader. Throughout the summer we have our awesome stunts of course, and if you read two books by July 16, you can come eat some ice cream and participate in an epic tug-of-war contest against some of our firefighting heroes! Lastly, just like last year, you can log extra “books” by either following @GEPLTeenScene and tweeting to us about what you’re reading, or by writing books review for our blog. You can find all the details about everything at our Read for Heroes page!
TL;DR – the more you read, the more you help raise money for our local firefighter and police heroes, the more embarrassing things Christina and I do in public and on video, and the more gift cards and chances at the grand prizes you get. So sign up, start logging everything you read (including your summer reading for school!), and wait for the gift cards and hilarious videos to start pouring in!