Summer Reading Programs

A lot of folks have been disappointed that the SC Department of Education will not be proceeding with a No Book Left Unread Summer Reading Challenge this summer.   While I appreciate that this is sad news, there ARE other State summer reading programs as well as reading programs sponsored by other organizations.

Here are just a three:

Collaborative Summer Library Program – This program has three levels: childrens (“One World, Many Stories”), teens (“You Are Here”), and adult (“Novel Destinations”).  The goal is to “travel” through books.

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge:

“Now in its fifth year, the Summer Challenge invites kids to log the minutes they spend reading as they Read for the World Record. The 20 schools with the most minutes logged will receive recognition in the 2012 Scholastic Book of World Records. Kids can participate in weekly challenges, earn digital rewards, enter sweepstakes to win fabulous prizes, find great books to read, and more.”

Barnes and Nobel Summer Reading – For every 8 books read the student can choose a free book from the list on the back of the reading journal.  Meant for elementary levels (1st through 6th grade).

And of course, you can ALWAYS promote the SC Book Award Program.  Challenge your students to read all 20 of the books and plan your own “rewards” for students.

READ-IN 2011

Its that time again! Time to register for the 2011 READ-IN. The 2011 READ-IN will be held at the State House in Columbia on Thursday, April 14, 2011. Come show your support and help us demonstrate the importance of reading and the need for library services in our communities! You can find past event photos on the SCASL Flickr pages. The deadline to apply to attend is Monday, March 15th.

READ-IN 2011 Application


2011-12 SC Young Adult Book Award Nominees

Presentation1The nominees for next year’s SC Young Adult Book Award have been announced.  Why not get ahead by checking one (or more!) out today.  The titles include:

Angry Management by Chris Crutcher
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Brutal by Michael B. Harmon
The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
Diary of a Witness by Carol Ryan Hyde
Dirty Little Secrets by Cynthia Jaynes Omololu
The Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-year Old GI by Ryan Smithson
The Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines
Gray Baby: A Novel by Scott Loring Sanders
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
Hold Still by Nina LaCour
Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern
King of the Screwups by K.L Going
Leviathan by Scott Westerfield
Muchacho: A Novel by LouAnne Johnson
Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough
Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick
Rock n’ Roll Soldier: A Memoir by Dean Ellis Kohler
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Unsigned Hype: A Novel by Booker T. Mattison

Voting for the 2010-11 nominees is open through February 28th.  Ask your library media specialist how you can cast your vote!  Remember, you must read at least three nominee titles to be eligible to vote.