Build a Better World: 2017 Summer @ Your Library

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Summer Reading 2017

As part of the BCPS/BCPL "Students Achieve in Libraries" (SAIL) partnership, Summer Reading is a collaborative effort between Baltimore County Public Library branches and BCPS school libraries to promote reading as a life-long habit and a key to academic success. Encouraging students to continue reading during the summer months can prevent "summer slide" reading loss as reported in Scholastic's Kids & Families Reading Report.

Summer Reading Dates & Tips

Build a Better World is the theme for this year's Summer Reading Club for all ages. Online preregistration for Summer Reading 2017 has begun!  Find your age group in the list below and click the image to sign up.  Game boards and other materials will be available BCPL branches when Summer Reading officially begins on June 14.

Important Dates to Remember:

  • Monday, May 8 - Preregistration for Summer Reading begins
  • Saturday, June 10 - Summer @ Your Library Kickoff Festival
  • Wednesday, June 14 - Summer Reading begins at BCPL branches
  • Monday, July 3 - First young adult raffle
  • Monday July 17 - Second young adult raffle
  • Monday, July 31 - Third young adult raffle
  • Sunday, August 20 - Last day to register for Summer Reading
  • Sunday, August 21 - Fourth young adult raffle
  • Sunday, September 6 - Last day to claim all prizes

School Library Summer Checkout and SummerHours:

  • Check out lots of books from your school library to read over the summer! These books will be due back to your school libary in early September. Ask your school librarian about summer hours at your school library!
Summer Access to eBooks & Digital Content: eBooks count towards your SRC reading totals!
  • Students can read OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks for kids available from BCPL.
  • Students can read a variety of eBooks from their school's Destiny library catalog on any device with a browser and Internet connection (WiFi available at BCPL branches). Just log into Destiny Discover with your BCPS username and password to check out an eBook!
  • Students can also access our Digital Content through BCPS One over the summer -- including eBooks available in the Gale Virtual Reference Library (featuring Eyewitness Books), SIRS Discoverer, TumbleBooks Library (Gr K-3), TumbleBooks Cloud Jr. (Gr 3-6), and TumbleBooks Cloud (Gr 6-12).
Sign up at any BCPL branch in person, or register online using one of the links below!

Read-To-Me for young children
Elementary Reading Grades K-5

Middle and High School Reading

Adult Reading

BCPS Librarians' Resources
Promotional Materials & Strategies:
  • Distribute BCPL Summer Reading flyers/gameboards to students when they are delivered to your school.
  • Use pre-registration links above to facilitate online registration in school anytime before the last day of school.
  • Add links to this BCPS Summer Reading page, along with your school's Recommended Summer Reading list
    (if any), to your School Library wiki or webpage.
  • Wear your Sneaks T-shirt to school!

Additional Summer Reading Promotional Resources & Tips:

  • 2017 National Summer Reading Champion: Kwame Alexander
  • Create a Summer Reading 2017 Resource List in Destiny, including fiction and nonfiction titles in print and eBook formats from your school library collection; choose books aligned with this year's Build a Better World theme.
  • Consider using age/grade appropriate 2017-18 Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award nominees on your school's Recommended Summer Reading List; give students a head start on next year's BES promotion.
  • Use this article on Summer Reading Loss to inform members of your school community about the "summer slide" and the value of Summer Reading libary programs; includes literacy tips for parents.
  • This Summer Slide post from the U.S. Department of Education blog features great information and ideas for families.
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