Summer Reading Info Sheet (PDF)
Plug in your mic, turn up the volume and show your library love! This year’s Summer Reading theme is “Libraries Rock!” and we will be celebrating with many musically-inspired programs.
We will kick off Summer Reading with our Teen Photo Contest, beginning June 12. Share images of how music inspires your life for a chance to win a Barnes & Noble gift card.
On June 13, the Columbia Public Library will host a free screening of the documentary, “Breaking a Monster.” This film chronicles the beginnings of the band “Unlocking the Truth” as these junior high rockers first encounter the complexities of the music industry and stardom.
In July, DBRL’s “Cosplay Costume Con” will return for its fourth year. Dress up as your favorite character, be it superhero, anime, sci-fi or your own original persona. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes and characterization in different age categories.
As Summer Reading winds down in late July and early August, we hope you will join us for the “Ukulele Fight Club Concert and Singalong” and “Hamilton Trivia and Singalong.” We will also host several sessions of our popular escape rooms which are inspired by “Stranger Things” and “Star Wars.”
Of course, the heart of Summer Reading is, well, reading. We are challenging youth ages 12-18 to read for 20 hours, submit three book reviews and do seven library-related activities. Complete the challenge and you’ll receive a free book. You’ll also be entered into a drawing for other fun rewards including an Amazon Fire tablet.
Summer Reading begins May 30. Register at any library or bookmobile stop, or sign up online at www.dbrl.org/teens. Be sure to sign up for our teen program newsletter to get an exclusive sneak peek at these and other awesome events!