Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Teen Summer Reading is coming!

This year's theme for the teen summer reading program is "READING BY DESIGN," so teens this year will participate in a design exercise to promote more reading in our community: We're going to build three Little Free Libraries (LFLs) for Burbank this summer!

We will have six sessions: Design, primer, paint, assemble, decorate, decorate, and then we will install! Any teens may drop into single sessions to work with us at whatever stage, but teens who sign up to complete all sessions will receive service hours for school. No experience is necessary; we will coach you through each step with help from various experts.

We have picked out three great locations to showcase your work and provide books to walkers, bikers, and commuters. The LFLs will also be an ongoing chance for teens to earn service hours during the rest of the year, as they check in on them periodically and refresh the book selection they contain.

For those who are reading-minded but not interested in participating in the LFL project, we will also have four sessions of the ever-popular Book Café. We serve cappuccino and cookies, and teens bring the books they are reading to book-talk to one another. So if you have a favorite book that you just know other people would want to read if only they knew about it, bring it and tell them!

The other feature of Book Café that everyone loves is the opportunity to socialize with authors. Every year we invite two or three authors to join us. They talk about their books and their writing process, and answer all the questions you've been dying to ask them, like, "Will there be a sequel to that?" or "Why did you kill off my favorite character?" or "How could she fall for that guy, he's so sappy!" And then you can just hang with them and chat.

If you attend three of the four sessions of Book Café, you get to choose a free book from our amazing stash. And this year we have a special gift for each and every person who attends any of the Book Café sessions as well (while supplies last).

We're also going to "build a better world," under the direction of Peter Abrahamson, LEGO enthusiast--yes, we're building LEGOTOPIA! We provide the LEGOs and you provide the creativity. The buildings you create for the city will be on display in the glass case in the Central Library lobby through the month of August.

And of course, it wouldn't be summer without Reading Logs and Book Reviews. If you write down all the books, graphic novels, and manga you read, we will give you a ticket for each one (limit three per day), and every Friday we draw from our big jar of tickets to award three prizes per branch for nine lucky readers! The prizes for the reading log are gift cards to places such as Starbucks, Target, Pinkberry, In-n-Out, and more. If you write book reviews, you are eligible for three drawings (one every other Friday) for bigger prizes, including See's Candy and Barnes & Noble gift cards, and movie tickets. All you have to do is write a few sentences describing what the book you read is about, followed by a few sentences about why you liked it (or didn't!), and we'll put you in the drawing.

Finally, to wrap up our summer of reading, our wonderful Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is revisiting the success of our big finale program last year. That's right, we're having another Murder Mystery lock-in, after hours on a Saturday night at the Buena Vista Branch. Picture this: You're at a celebrity book-signing at the Scene of the Crime mystery book shop. Suddenly, from a back room, someone screams "Murder!" It's "BODY IN THE BOOK SHOP!" But who dunnit, how, and why? YOU follow the clues to solve the mystery!

You can register for summer reading beginning Monday, May 22nd, at Then stop by the reference desk to get a brochure and a reading log to get you started. We hope to see you this summer at the library!

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