I cannot remember a time when I did not participate in the library’s summer reading program. Logically, I know that there must have been a time when I didn’t join in because the the program isn’t for babies and toddlers but I have very few memories from that part of my life. My summer would feel incomplete without a summer reading program, and I’ve already begun to worry about what I’ll do instead if I study abroad next summer.
This was the first summer I joined a reading program in another city, because I’ll be away from my hometown until early August. (And then I move back a week later!) Some years I’ve actually participated in two programs because I live between two towns. Completing the program allows you to both win prizes and enter a drawing for more prizes, so… double the opportunities for me to win cool bookish stuff!
I’ve been making steady progress in the Iowa City Public Library’s adult summer reading program. For every three books read, we get to pick out a free book, so I chose Nimona by Noelle Stevenson because it is THE BEST. I look forward to winning more books – I’ve read more than three books this summer, but the others are listed on my second reading booklet, which I didn’t bring with me to the library.
Each booklet has space to list five books or program events, and completing one booklet enters you in a drawing to win, like, gift cards and stuff. There is a limit of two entries per person so, as the overachiever that I am, I naturally aimed to fill out two booklets. I have two blank spaces left to fill, so I’m almost done!
AND I’M PROUD OF MYSELF. I almost decided against participating because I thought it would be too difficult to balance that on top of all my coursework, but it was actually a great choice because it motivates me to take a break from my homework when I’m getting stressed. And, well, since it’s on my summer bucket list – which I’ll post about shortly – once I’ve turned in both booklets I can cross that off my list as well!
I do somewhat miss the teen reading program activities. I did last year, too, when I joined two adult summer reading programs at the libraries at home. I attended a workshop about places to hike in the Iowa City area, and that was fun, but I do kind of miss the teen workshops that were more along the lines of, “Let’s get together and eat pizza and play games and make crafts that involve excessive amounts of glitter.”
But I’ll get over that.
Anyway, I’ve really enjoyed participating in this program so far. I was kind of mad at myself earlier this year because I signed up for the adult winter reading program and then completely forgot about it because I was so busy with my classes, so I felt that I missed out on a reading challenge opportunity. (I love reading challenges.) So I’m glad that I’ve been pushing myself to read books for fun, not just books for school. And I love winning free books! Today I had to ask my parents if they would be so kind as to bring a second box so I can transport all the books I’ve acquired over the past year back home…
Have you ever participated in a summer reading program? Is it an important part of your summer, or not something you do every year? And WHAT IS YOUR LIBRARY’S PROGRAM LIKE?! I want to know if/how it’s different from mine!