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Teen Summer Reading Program

June 1, 2015—September 5, 2015

How do I sign up?

This year, there is no sign up for readers going into grades 6-12. Just start reading June 1 and keep track of the books you read. When you finish a book, download a review card, or pick up one at the Library You’ll write the title and author of the book you read, two or three sentences about the book and a little information about yourself. Turn in your completed review card at the desk on the main floor, and you will get a ticket. 

Download a Review Card

1 book review = 1 ticket

3 graphic novel reviews = 1 ticket (because graphic novels take less time to read)

1 audiobook review = 1 ticket

Challenge of the Week

You can earn bonus tickets for finishing a Challenge of the Week.

Week 7 and 8 Challenge:
100 years ago on my birthday..

Find the Boston Globe headline from the day and month of your birthday in 1915:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on Resources & Collections
  3. Scroll down and click on E-Research, then choose Boston Globe Historical
  4. Choose the publication date as “on this date,” along with the year, month, and day
  5. Choose ‘Front Page Articles’ and click on two you find interesting
  6. Bring a copy of each article OR show a librarian on a computer in the library to receive a ticket toward summer reading prizes.

Did you know?
Cary Memorial Library gives you free access to thousands of online newspaper and magazine articles, including the    Boston Globe dating back to 1872 and the New York Times back to 1851.

Week 5 and 6 Challenge:
Attend Make a Twitter Visualizer Class

  1. Sign up for the program.
  2. Attend and participate in the program on Thursday, July 9, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Large Meeting Room.
  3. Ask for a ticket at the end of the program toward summer reading prizes

Did you know? 
Cary Memorial Library offers free programs to encourage people to explore new interests and learn new things.

Week 3 and 4 Challenge:
Attend the Lego Stop Motion Animation Class

  1. Sign up for the program.
  2. Attend and participate in the program; Friday, June 26, 2015 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm  in the Learning Center
  3. Ask for a ticket at the end of the program towards summer reading prizes

Did you know? 
The library provides free programs to help people explore new interests or learn new things.
Lego Stop Motion Animation is an integral part of our Lego clubs. There will be a new club for middle schoolers starting Fall 2015. 

Week 2 Challenge (can be completed any time during the summer):
Khan Academy

  1. Create an account at – it’s free, fun and informative!
  2. Choose a subject to further investigate
  3. Within the subject, choose a lesson
  4. You will work through the lesson until you receive a “Hard at Work Badge” or 6000 points. A Hard at Work Badge recognizes “mastery of twenty-five unique skills.”
  5. Bring your completed session printout to the library to receive a ticket.

 Did you know?
 Cary Memorial Library has free computers and wi-fi. You can even print up to 10 pages for free each day.
 Libraries, like Khan Academy, are a place for self-directed learning, where you choose what you want to explore.

Week 1 Challenge (can be completed any time during the summer):
Walk ACROSS Lexington: follow the ACROSS Lexington route A or B

You can download the map, or pick one up at the Reference Desk. Walk 2 miles on either route A or B. Mark where you walked on your map. Find a tree marker on the route and take a photo of you standing by the arrow or ACROSS sign. Bring your map and your picture to the main desk to receive a ticket towards summer reading prizes!


Now you can choose your prize. Turn in one ticket for a book for you to keep or save up 10 tickets to exchange for a gift card. Gift cards are offered on a first-come first served basis for the first 80 teens to read ten books and turn in ten review cards.

Program Rules

  1. You must be entering grade 6-12 in the Fall of 2015.
  2. You must only submit book reviews for books you have read between June 1, 2015—September 5, 2015. You may NOT count books you read prior to the program, unless you read the entire book again this summer. 
  3. You can read any book. It can be a library book or a book you own. You can read a book you borrow from a friend; you can listen to an audiobook. The books you choose should be at your reading level. 
  4. You must write the review yourself. Plagiarism will not be allowed. 
  5. You will receive one ticket for each completed review card you turn in. You may be asked to discuss the book with the librarian. 

The Teen Summer Reading Program is generously sponsored by The Friends of Cary Memorial Library, The Cary Memorial Library Foundation, The Massachusetts Library System, The Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.