Thursday, 28 September 2017 18:10

Were you up to the Challenge?

This year the Library ran Summer Reading Challenges for Children, Teens and Adults from 24 June - 10 September. The Finale Party on 16 September saw participants gather to collect their prizes, play games and discuss what they had read over the summer. Participants posted their favorite summer read title to help Barry and Betty the Bookworms assemble - see the picture below! - battled it out to be the word maker or banagram champion and tried to solve all the book cover puzzles that Assistant Children’s and Teens’ Librarian Kirsty had created! There was also time to make bookmarks and get to know fellow party goers with Human Bingo!

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Everyone who attended had a good afternoon and no one went home empty handed with prizes for participation in the Summer Reading Challenge and the party games. 

Those who completed their Summer Reading Challenge - for Children those who completed their full game card and for Teens and Adults those who solved the puzzle - were entered into the Grand Prize Drawings at the Party and 3 winners for Children, Teens and Adults were picked at random out of a hat.

The answer to the Summer Reading Challenge Puzzle for Teens and Adults was that The American Library in Paris was founded in 1920. Some of the puzzle clues are pictured below!

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 A huge congratulations to the Grand Prize Drawing winners!

Children: Charlotte Paquin, Liam Ross and Gwenna Marrelec

Teens: Erik Stylianidis, Laura Micianiec and Isabel Montalvan

Adults: Caroline Peck, Pauline Charruyer and Laura Oberhaus.

Congratulations to all those who took part and recorded their reading over the summer. It was the Library’s biggest year, with over 60 participants of all ages and we hope to make next year bigger and better!

 Here are some thoughts from our some of the Summer Reading Challenge participants:

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If you have any questions, comments or feedback about this year’s Summer Reading Challenge please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Published in Kids and Teens

Summer is a Mixtape
Teen Summer Reading Club 2014

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As part of the Summer is a Mixtape Teen Reading Club 2014, Celeste Rhoads, the Children and Young Adults' Services Manager, has put together a reading list for teens that's inspired by music, songwriters and singers. Come to the Library and check out some of our recommended reads!

And be sure to take part in the Summer Reading Club for ages 12-18. Stop by the Children’s and Young Adults’ Services desk to pick up your summer reading club card. Check off one of the boxes on the card for each day that you read 1 hour or more. When all of the boxes are checked off, drop the card off on the Teen Mezzanine to enter to win one of our fabulous prizes, then pick up a new card and begin again. Everyone who completes at least one card will receive a prize at our summer reading club finale on Saturday 13 September.

Graphic design for Summer is a Mixtape cards and bookmarks was done by superstar volunteer Liz Jurey. Pick up a free bookmark on the Teen Mezzanine anytime during opening hours!

PS. Even though these books are technically classified as "young adult" books, don't let that deter you as a full-grown adult from reading these great books. Anyone who has been through (or survived) highschool and remembers those coming-of-age pains can relate to the themes and characters within the pages of these books.

Happy reading!

Summer is a Mixtape reading list for teens:

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor is the new girl in town and her wild red hair and patched up clothes aren't helping her to fit it. Everything changes when she meets Park and they bond over comics and mixed tapes.

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Live through the fast-paced and angst-filled romance between Nick and Norah during their one night together after meeting in a club. 

Harlem Hustle by Janet MacDonald
Abandoned by his parents, Eric knows that life on the streets won't be easy. Despite it all, he has friends who care and a dream to become a rapper.

Looking for Alaska by John Green
Miles has led an uneventful life and craves the "Great Perhaps." Then he meets the girl of his dreams at a boarding school and everything changes.

Born to Rock by Gordon Korman
Leo thought he had his life all planned out until he finds out that his biological dad is the lead singer of a punk rock band.

Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys by Francesca Lia Block
Cherokee Bat and her sisters, bored while their parents are away, form a band.

Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
Steven has a normal teenage life until his five-year-old brother is diagnosed with leukemia and his world is turned upside down.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Mia's first love is music and she has tough choices to make with her family and friends if she wants to stay true to that first love.

Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O'Roark Dowell
Janie yearns for a normal life, but finds it difficult as a smart and creative girl living on a goat farm with her parents.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Smart, introspective and shy Charlie is a wallflower, living on the fringes of life, until he meets friends who draw him into living life more fully.

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Annabel has many secrets to hide. Then she meets Owen, a music-loving, reformed bad boy obsessed with telling the truth.

Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music that Changed the World by Robbie Robertson
From Ray Charles to Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry to Bob Dylan, this is part memoir, part tribute, and all great storytelling.

Pop Princess by Rachel Cohn
Wonder is given a chance to become a teen pop star celebrity and all the glamour, and hard work, that fame offers.

Published in Library News

Rock 'n' Read
Summer Reading Club 2014

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As part of the Rock 'n' Read Summer Reading Club 2014, Celeste Rhoads, the Children and Young Adults' Services manager, has put together a reading list for children that is inspired by music, songwriters and singers. Come and check them out at the Library!

And be sure to take part in the Summer Reading Club. Stop by the Children’s and Young Adults’ Services desk to pick up your summer reading club card anytime after 7 June. Check off one of the boxes on the card for each day that you read 30 minutes or more (reading aloud and/or being read to by a parent counts too!). When all of the boxes are checked off, drop the card off in the Children's Library to enter to win one of our fabulous prizes, then pick up a new card and begin again.

Prizes Include: Gift cards, books, bookmarks, games, candy, and more!

We’ll be selecting one winner every Saturday from 7 June through 13 September. Everyone who turns in at least one completed card will receive a prize at our summer reading club finale on Saturday 13 September.

Happy reading!

Rock 'N' Read summer reading list for children:

Befiddled by Pedro de Alcantara
Will Beck be able to lose her fears and play what's in her heart?

Harlem Summer by Walter Dean Myers
Mark is a teenager growing up during the Harlem Renaissance and has encounters with famous gangsters, writers, and musicians.

The Grateful Fred by Greg Trine
Child superhero Melvin tries to figure out who has it in for the hot new band, The Grateful Fred.

Dave at Night by Gail Carson Levine
Dave is an inquisitive Jewish boy who lives in an orphanage by day and enjoys the Harlem Renaissance scene by night.

When the Beat was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop by Laban Carrick Hill
DJ Kool Herc spins records for a back-to-school party and goes on to invent a music that would define a whole culture for generations to come.

Scott Joplin by Katherine K. Preston
Ragtime music was regarded as low class and unrefined, until Scott Joplin came along.

I,Q: Independence Hall by Roland Smith
Q's mom and Angela's dad get married and then go on a concert tour, only to be watched and followed.

Who was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart? by Yona Zeldis McDonough
Did you know Mozart composed his first piece of music at just five years old? Learn more about his life with this book!

Handel, Who Knew What He Liked by M.T. Anderson
Handel was quite a character, sneaking things behind his father's back and battling with his best friend.

The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sis
Growing up behind the Iron Curtain, Sis learned about beat poetry, rock ’n’ roll, blue jeans, and Coca-Cola.

Oscar: The Life and Music of Oscar Peterson by Reva Marin
Oscar Peterson came a long way from his humble beginnings in Montreal to becoming a leading player in the international jazz scene.

The Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse
Mila is a girl raised by dolphins and must choose between two worlds.

Small Steps by Louis Sachar
Armpit is home in Austin, Texas, trying to turn his life around with small steps.

The Voice That Changed a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights by Russell Freedman
Marian Anderson's voice is described as one that is heard only once in a hundred years, and she uses it to bring an end to segregation.

Published in Library News