by Claire, Anderson-Foothill Branch
When you read a book, you can see your world reflected in the pages, or visit a whole new world. You can find characters that are just like you, or walk in the shoes of someone completely different from yourself. Reading helps you learn, grow, escape, and feel, but we know that as we grow older, we tend to read less frequently. That's why we've developed a new reading incentive program called 100 Books Before Graduation.
100 Books Before Graduation encourages students to read for their own enjoyment throughout middle school and high school. With The City Library’s customizable 100 Books journal, teens can track their reading, find inspiration, and have a keepsake to look back on after graduation. Starting in January you can pick up your free 100 Books journal at your favorite City Library location.
Every time you read 10 books and write a short review you can come back to any City Library Branch and pick up a prize! Audiobooks, graphic novels, and nonfiction totally count!
Here's a sneak peek at the review page:
Prizes include things like...
Stickers to Decorate the cover of your reading log!
And...very cool bookmarks!
You can do this program as many times as you want, and start as early as 4th Grade!
You Can Participate Online With Beanstack!
Tracking for 100 Books Before Graduation can also be done online with Beanstack! Beanstack is the digital reading log tool we also use for the Super Summer Challenge program. It will have English and Spanish instructions. You can choose whether to use the physical or online tracker.
The Story Behind The Program
100 Books before graduation is an idea from a teen that we, at the city library, are lucky enough to help support. Much of the work on this project was done by the City Library's League of Extraordinary Teens. We are so excited to see this project started in January 2021, So many people in the library system, and teens worked hard to make it happen.
How To Pick up your Tracker and Prizes
Starting in January you can pick up your 100 Books Before Graduation Tracker and Prizes at any City Library Locations though Holds-To-Go hours, Monday- Saturday 12-6 pm!
Use our contact form here on the blog if you have any questions and stay tuned for more information on our library website soon.
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