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Summer Reading Program 2020: Imagine Your Story

One of our most popular programs for all ages!

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Welcome to Helen Hall Library's 2020 Summer Reading Program: Imagine Your Story!

Imagination is always important, but it is especially important right now when we cannot go everywhere we want to go. We decided to take imagination further by offering our first-ever Virtual Summer Reading Program!

What are some benefits for Adults, Teens, and Kids participating in our Summer Reading Program?

  • Improve reading skills.
  • Increase the desire to read.
  • Improve self-esteem.
  • Improve comprehension.
  • Improve memory skills.
  • Prevent the summer slide for students.

And the best benefit of all...PRIZES! Everyone can gain something from our Summer Reading Program. We invite you as well as everyone you know so that we can imagine our stories together and, hopefully, turn them into reality.

Happy reading from Helen Hall Library!

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The program is simple: read books and win prizes! We offer the Summer Reading Program to Adults, Teens, and Children. Each version is slightly different to best fit each group, so be sure to find the right program for you and sign up. The program is from June 15 to July 31 (all entries/logs must be submitted by July 31), and all prizes are available while supplies last. To get started, browse the information below and register when you are ready.

Choose the appropriate tab below to get started!

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Adults, ages 18 and up, are invited to our virtual 2020 Adult Summer Reading Program: Imagine Your Story!

Begin submitting an online entry for every book you read for a chance to get fantastic prizes! You can make as many entries as you like, but each entry must be a separate book and you cannot repeat books. The online entry form will be available from June 15 to July 31, and there will be winner drawn every week.

Prize Pickup:
Winners will receive their prizes via email after each month. June winners can anticipate their prizes to arrive on July 6, and July winners can anticipate their prizes to arrive on August 3.

Please note: Prizes are available while supplies last.

If you have any questions about the Adult Summer Reading Program, please call Adult Services at 281-554-1101.

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Give Adult Services a call at 281-554-1101 or visit our Reference Desk for a book recommendation. You can also get a Personalized Reading List by filling out a form that tells us what kind of books you like.

Have you checked out our virtual book clubs? Browse them below to find the one that's right for you!

The Great Book Club
Hosted by a Helen Hall Library volunteer, the Great Book Club focuses on classic authors and literary works that have won major prizes. Read books with cultural significance and be introduced to famous works you may have heard of and never read. For more information, call 281-554-1116.
This book club is held virtually on the second Tuesday of the month from 7-8 pm.

July 14: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

 

Happy Hour Book Club
Meet up virtually for a variety of nonfiction and fiction titles chosen to spark great conversation over dinner and drinks. For more information, call 281-554-1106.
This event is held virtually the first Thursday of the month from 5-7 pm.
July 2: The Chaos Function by Jack Skilingstead
August 6: American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment by Shane Bauer

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Teens, ages 12-18, are invited to our virtual 2020 Teen Summer Reading Program: Imagine Your Story! Teens entering 6th grade for Fall 2020 are also eligible for this program.

1) Register for the program below.
2) Start reading and track how long you read.
3) Begin submitting an online log for every 10 hours of reading and get fantastic prizes!
Online logs will be available from June 15 to July 31 (all logs must by submitted by July 31), and there is a total of four logs per participant.

Register Here                                   Log #1

 

*Logs that are submitted without registration will not be accepted. Logs #2-4 are available after completing the previous log. After completing each log, Teens will receive the next log link on the "Thank You" screen and/or via email if they provide their email address when the log form asks if they want their results emailed.

 

Prize Pickup:
Helen Hall Library will be offering a designated Prize Pickup when the Summer Reading Program is completed. On Mondays through Fridays from August 3 to August 31, teens will be able to stop by the Library and pick up all earned prizes at one time.

Please note: Prizes are available while supplies last.

 

If you have any questions about the Teen Summer Reading Program, please email Teen Services Librarian Sheldon Stevens at sheldon.stevens@leaguecitytx.gov.
 

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The books that you read can be from anywhere and in any format! They can be physical books, graphic novels, audiobooks, ebooks, or eaudiobooks. They can come from our Library, other libraries, bookstores, a friend, or be something you already own. All that matters is that you're reading and that you keep track of how long you're reading. Here are some ways to discover books:

  • Browse different book types to find a book that's right for you by visiting our Teen Readings Lists.
  • Visit our eLibrary, Overdrive to browse and check out ebooks and eaudiobooks. You can also download the Overdrive App or the Libby App to your phone or tablet. All you need is a Helen Hall Library card!
  • Discover free books and book reviews by visiting our Teen Services Resources.
  • You can also get personalized book recommendations from Teen Services Librarian Sheldon Stevens by emailing her at sheldon.stevens@leaguecitytx.gov.

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It's the best time of the year! Summer reading is officially here!

Children, ages 0 -11, are invited to our virtual 2020 Children's Summer Reading Program: Imagine Your Story! Submit an online log for every 5 hours of reading, or 20 books read, and get magical prizes! Online logs will be available from June 15 to July 31, and there is a total of four logs per participant*. Click the images below to get started!

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Keep track of your progress at home with our Printable Log Tracker.

Prize Pickup:
Helen Hall Library will be offering a designated Prize Pickup** when the Summer Reading Program is completed. From August 3 to August 31, children will be able to stop by the Library and pick up all earned prizes at one time.

Looking for reading recommendations? Visit our Children's Services Site for suggestions based on CCISD Reading Level, personal interests, award winners, read-a-likes, and more!

If you have any questions about the Children's Summer Reading Program, please call Children's Services at 281-554-1113.

*Logs #2-4 are available after completing the previous log. After completing each log, Children will receive the next log link on the "Thank You" screen and/or via email if they provide their email address when the log form asks if they want their results emailed.

**Prizes are available while supplies last.

 

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But I Don't Like Reading
Diverse YA Books
Thrilling Thrillers
Award Lists for Children
Bingeable Books
Audiobook Recommendations
CCISD Reading Levels
Teen Reading Lists

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You can also visit other public libraries! There are many neighboring ones who host Summer Reading Programs for Adults, Teens, and Kids. They may have different requirements than ours, but they are usually free and open to anyone.

Barnes and Noble: Summer Reading Journal
For grades 1-6.

Books-A-Million: Summer Reading Adventure
For kids.

Half-Price Books: Feed Your Brain
For kids and teens.

HEB: H-E-Buddy Reading Club
For ages 3-12.

Scholastic: Read-A-Palooza
Information TBD.

Sylvan Learning: Book Adventure
For grades K-8.

Sync: Free Summer Audiobook Program
For teens ages 13+.


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Do you need the reading lists for a CCISD school? Try these links:


References:

Fiore, C., & Roman, S. (2010, November 1). Summer Reading Programs Boost Student Achievement, Study Says. School Library Journal. https://www.slj.com/?detailStory=summer-reading-programs-boost-student-achievement-study-says.

Library Development. New York State Library. (2019, November 19). http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/research.htm.

Terry, B. (2019, June 13). 6 Benefits of Summer Reading Programs. https://summerreading.net/6-benefits-of-summer-reading-programs.