For some, reading is work. For others, it’s play. But for everyone, no matter what kind of a reader they are, reading changes lives. Sometimes it’s by reading to a younger sibling or a friend who can’t read. Sometimes it’s by reading, thinking about, and responding to another point of view. Sometimes it’s by nurturing a passion and love of reading that will influence others around you to expand their own reading abilities and experiences.
If you would like to make a difference, be a part of a larger movement, and help others in your community by reading, we have three special (and easy!) summer reading challenges:
1. Utah County Read Along 2017: Want to read, win prizes, and help raise books for a good cause? All you need is 15 minutes of time to read to someone else on June 20 or 21. You can read anything – picture books, comic books, newspapers, etc. – to anyone! For every 15 minutes of reading that you report to Everyday Learners, you get one entry for a prize drawing that includes books, games, and passes from organizations like the Scera Theater, National History Museum of Utah, and the Penguin Brothers. For every hour read over those dates, Pioneer Book will donate one book to help children whose mothers are being treated by the House of Hope addiction recovery services. The library will be a Read-Along reporting site and you can also report your reading online. You can also get another entry if you post a selfie of you reading to someone and use #UtahCountyReads.
2. Book Your Summer: Book Your Summer is a program created by the Utah State Library and Utah Educational Savings Plan (UESP) to encourage kids to read throughout the summer and to remind their parents/caregivers about the importance of saving for college by providing four regional scholarships of $1,000 each. The winners’ home libraries will receive $500 to spend on materials. Entries must be received by Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at 11:59 pm. One entry per reader, age 18 and under, is allowed. A random drawing will occur by September 1. To enter your children between the ages of 0-18 who are participating in our summer reading programs, click here. Book Your Summer bookmarks are available in our summer reading contracts.
3. Reading Without Walls: We wrote about this challenge issued by National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang in an earlier blog post, and hopefully some of you have taken it! If not, there’s no time like the present. After completing the challenge, take a picture of yourself (or just the book if you’re shy) and either post it online and tag us (@OremLibrary or #OremLibrary) or email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know how the book you read fit the challenge and we’ll post it on our Facebook page over the summer so more people can find out about the challenge and be inspired to do the same.
And now to inspire you, some of our favorite reading gifs: