Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Summer Read and Learn 2017 - Build a Better World

Build a Better World - Children's Gameboard image
Are you ready for Summer Read and Learn 2017? We are ready to build a better world (our theme this year) and hope you are too! It's a summer challenge of fun. We're celebrating books and learning.

Kids and teens, you can sign up online or at your local branch anytime between June 10 and September 10. You'll have until September 10 to finish the program and pick up earned prizes.

The program offers kids exciting read and learn activities. They can earn online badges and prizes (while supplies last) or raffle entries as they complete each track. Complete all the tracks in their age group and they complete the program. They can keep track of their progress online and earn up to seven online badges!

Teens, you have an great opportunity to tell us what books you've enjoyed reading and why! You can earn an online badge for every book review you write. Write three book reviews and you complete the program! Come to your local branch to pick up your prize, while supplies last.

A Book That Shaped Me logo - Library of Congress - Letters about Literature
Music, science, storytellers, animals that walk the earth, and those that swim! These are a few of the stellar kids' programs we have this summer. Rising 5th and 6th graders can also take part in a summer writing contest called A Book That Shaped Me. Participants write a one-page letter to his or her local librarian about a book (fiction or nonfiction) that has had a personal impact on his or her life. The contest is sponsored by the Library of Congress National Book Festival. Entry submission form and letter must be turned into any MCPL branch by Wednesday, June 28. Top winners will be honored at the Library of Congress National Book Festival on September 2 and earn prizes.

There are many engaging teen programs as well! Be sure to come to our Teens Talk Books events on July 20 and August 17 at the Rockville Memorial branch. Teens will gather for engaging book discussions. Snacks will be provided. See the Teens Talk Books box on the right of the Teensite page for more information.

2017 Reading Challenge image
Adults, teens, and children can join our popular 2017 Reading Challenge! Or, as I like, to call it, Read Like a Librarian! We read a lot, as you can imagine. Sign up online and join the program. Read a book from each of the twelve different categories listed.  Complete the program online and be entered into a raffle to earn prizes!

Kids and teens with fines on their library cards should make sure to take part in our Great Fines Read Off that goes on all year long! It is very popular. Kids and teens ages 17 years or younger can earn a “Library Buck” for every half-hour they read in the library. If you read to another young person in the library, you can both receive credit for your time! You can register at any branch and may read any type of material such as books, graphic novels, magazines, e-books, e-magazines, and websites.

What Do I Check Out Next? Image of people at cafe reading
Not sure what to read this summer? We've got thrilling and diverse booklists of reading suggestions for kids and teens by grade that will be mirrors and windows into many cultures for your children! Looking for more suggestions? Try our Kids and Teens pages. Adults can find book suggestions on our Readers' Cafe pages. Need more help finding books? Just fill out our What Do I Check Out Next? online form and we'll email suggestions just for you. Of course, you can always ask any of our friendly librarians in person at your local branch. We're always happy to help you find the right books for you or your children!

Ready to build a better world? Sign up starting June 10 for an amazing summer of reading and learning fun! Summer Read and Learn 2017 - It's for everyone!


  1. For #2: The actual book need not be hundred years old, but should have been written a hundred years before you were born.

    1. True. Item #2 of the 2017 Reading Challenge is "read a book that is at least 100 years older than you are."

      That means that the main content of the book was written at least a hundred years before the reader was born. The actual, physical book need not be 100+ years old. In fact, an e-book or audiobook version of a book written 100 years ago would meet the criteria of #2.

      Finding a physical book that 100+ years old would be a bit too challenging. :)