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Teen Summer Reading Program

Registration for the summer reading program begins on Saturday, June 22, 2013. You can register online at or in person at the Reference Desk. If you do register online, be sure to stop by the Reference Desk to pick up your registration packet and a free book!

How it works:

When you register, you'll set a reading goal for yourself. Think big! Summer is a great time to challenge yourself.

For each book, ebook, magazine, newspaper, graphic novel, audiobook, or subtitled foreign movie you read, submit a review.

Starting on July 3, a drawing for 2 gift cards will take place every Wednesday through August 7. To be entered in that week's drawing, submit a review at the Reference Desk, by email, or online.

Attend fun programs at the library! For information about Teen Summer Reading events, click here.

On August 14, the program ends with a party for all teens who completed the program. You complete the summer reading program by meeting the reading goal you set when you signed up.


Writing and Submitting Reviews:

What you read is up to you! Books (fiction, nonfiction, and everything in between), ebooks, magazines, newspapers, graphic novels, audiobooks, and subtitled foreign movies all count.

Your review must describe the book, and must be longer than 2 sentences.

Acceptable Review:
Hanging on to Max by Margaret Bechard
Sam is not a typical teenager. He is raising his infant son, Max, while living with his father. He has to adjust his life in order to support his baby. I really enjoyed this book. I like how Sam really thought about what was best for his son.

Unacceptable Review:
Hanging on to Max by Margarget Bechard
This was a good book. I really liked it.

Reviewing your reading material is how you'll enter each week's prize drawing, so make sure you submit your reviews! There are 3 ways to submit a review:

1. Fill out a paper form and put it in the box at the Reference Desk at the library.

2. Email your review to Please include all of the information requested on the paper form in your email (your name, your age, your grade, the title of the book, the author of the book, whether or not you want the review posted online on the review blog, and, of course, your review).

3. Post your review online. To register to submit reviews online, go to and click on the Register link at the bottom of the left-hand column. Create a username and type in your email address, and an email will be sent to you with your password.



For every 4 tokens you collect this summer, you can redeem them for a snack or drink from the vending machines! There are 2 ways to earn tokens:

When you submit a review, visit the reference desk to receive a token.

You can earn additional tokens by attending programs, so come to some of the fun events scheduled this summer!



Best Short Spooky Story: Put together 500 words or more of a tale that will chill us to the bones. Typed entries only, please. Stories will be judged by members of the Providence Comic Consortium!

Best Spooky Image: Draw, paint, take a photo - use whichever medium you prefer to create an image that creeps us out! Images will be judged by members of the Providence Comic Consortium!

Entries must be turned into the Reference Desk by Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Do not put your name on your entry! You will be asked to fill out an entry slip when you hand in your story or image. Winners will be announced and prized awarded at the Teen Party on Wednesday, August 14, 2013!