Library teen summer reading program looks to ‘Spark A Reaction’

What happens when you mix library resources — books, film, art and technology — with the nimble imagination of a middle or high school student? You “Spark a Reaction,” which is this year’s explosive theme for the Teen Summer Reading Program at Greenwich Library.

Teens can explore their imaginations through a variety of special events: a session with MakerBot, a scientific approach to rocket launching and a celebration of Batman’s 75th Anniversary.

The Spark a Reaction! program encourages teens to dive into a great novel, learn more about a topic of personal interest, and explore the library’s online and digital reading resources over the summer. According to the library, studies show that students who read more, read better. They also write and spell better, and have larger vocabularies. The key to avoiding ‘summer slide’ is access to books and an incentive to read.

In the teen summer reading program students entering grades sixth to 12th read for fun and prizes. For each 1,000 pages read (up to 3,000 pages), students earn a goal level prize and are entered into the grand prize drawing. Students can also earn entries if they attend our summer reading events or by submitting reviews.

The last day for participants to log reading information online is Aug. 10. This year’s highly sought-after grand prize, a GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition camera will be awarded at the Aug. 12 finale event.

The program kicked off on July 1 and includes a series of special events.

There will be a summer chess session led by national master Rich Jackson. Mr. Jackson will offer instruction, supervise play and challenge participants. All ages and skill levels are welcome, and nothing is required to take part. Chess players will meet in the library’s second floor meeting room from 7 to 8:45 p.m. July 7 and Aug. 4.

Professional henna artist Jamilah will teach teens about the art form’s history during a July 14 program from 2 to 4 p.m. Students entering grades six to 12 are invited to register online. Later that week on July 19, MakerBot will provide a 3D Printing Demonstration. Local MakerBot retail store manager Jon Lavallee will show off the capabilities of the company’s 3D printer and answer questions from attendees. Presented by the Teen Services Student Leadership Council, the demonstration will take place in the second floor meeting room from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and is appropriate for ages 10 and up.

The library will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the caped crusader during Batman Day July 26. The event will feature games, classic videos and prizes for Batfans of all ages from 1 to 3 p.m. On July 31, teens can visit the library from 1 to 2:15 p.m. to learn about rocketry, the basic principles behind rocket design, trajectory and propulsion. Students age 11 and up are invited to participate, but must register online.

There will also be a middle school book club held July 31 from 5 to 6 p.m, during which rising sixth, seventh and eighth graders will discuss Kate Messner’s Eye of the Storm and pizza will be served. Those interested can register for the book club and pick up a copy of the book at the library’s second floor reference desk.

Teens can celebrate the end of summer reading at the film and finale party Aug. 12 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Participants can have some pizza with friends and enjoy the movie Divergent. There will also be giveaways, including the announcement of the lucky grand prize winner. No registration is required.

The summer reading program is part of Greenwich Library’s commitment to encourage students to explore Library resources and continue reading during the summer break. The program is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors.

For more information on the Teen Summer Reading Program, please contact Margaret Walsh at [email protected], call 203-622-7915 or visit the library’s teen page at

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