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Summer Reading

Summer Reading 2019: A Universe of Stories

Now through Friday, August 16!

Grades 6-12 (including Class of 2019 graduates)

Join us for our summer reading program! Totally free and open to residents of any town, you can register in person any time the library is open. Once you register, you can participate in all we have to offer!

We have four parts to our Teen Summer Reading Program. You can compete in all four parts, or pick and choose what you’re interested in!

Part 1: Hourly Raffle

  • Once you register for summer reading, keep track of your time reading. Every hour you read, get one raffle ticket for entry into our Weekly Gift Card Drawing. Drawn on the days listed at 5:30pm (except for Friday, August 16 which is drawn at noon), our prizes are:
    • Friday, July 12: $25 Visa
    • Friday, July 19: $25 Target
    • Friday, July 26: $25 Heroes 4 Sale
    • Friday, August 2: $25 Riverview Cinemas
    • Friday, August 9: $25 Starbucks
    • Friday, August 16: $25 Amazon
  • All submitted tickets go into the Grand Prize, a $125 Visa Gift Card.
  • Any type of reading counts (regular books, ebooks, listening to audiobooks, magazines, school book reading, reading out loud to someone else, etc.)
  • Hours only count once you register for Summer Reading, so we recommend registering ASAP.
  • You can check in as often as you like; we recommend as often as possible because each hourly ticket requires you to write your name and phone number and each time you check in, you can get a gift book to take home.
  • ALL HOURS AND TICKETS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 12PM NOON ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2019. No exceptions will be made.
  • Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library
  • Entering Grades 6-8: If you’re entering Grades 6-8, you can Double Dip and also participate in the Children’s Prize Drawings (drawn at the end of summer). For each hour read, you can get two tickets: one for the Teen Weekly Prize Drawing, and one for the Children’s Prize Drawings.

Part 2: Programs

  • Check out our Teen Programs Page to see what programs we have this summer! Everything except Teen Advisory Board requires you to register, and many events have limited space, so we recommend registering as soon as you can. Everything is free and open to residents of any town.

Part 3: Book Bingo (new this year!)

  • Pick up a Book Bingo form in person at the library! This is a fun way to shake up your reading with book types you may not normally read, and you can enter to win a $75 Amazon Gift Card!
  • Book Bingo is like regular bingo, but instead of letters and numbers, you get book categories! Make bingo (5 across, down, or diagonal) by reading books that fit those categories.
  • Write the book’s title and author in the square. Once you get a bingo, fill out the back completely and neatly and put in the submissions box. Books can only be used once per card, and patrons can only submit one book bingo card to the drawing.
  • Need ideas? Ask a staff member or check out our Book Bingo Suggestions Binder at the circulation desk. You’re also welcome to do your own research!
  • Prize: $75 Amazon gift card
  • ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY 12PM NOON ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2019. The winner will be drawn from eligible entries then be notified.
  • Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library

Part 4: Scavenger Hunt

  • 20 Science Fiction characters hidden throughout the second floor of the library. For every character you find, you get one raffle ticket to enter a drawing for 4 tickets to Riverview Cinemas. If you find all 20, that’s 20 chances in the raffle.
  • Characters are hidden only in places the public can always go. None are in offices, closets, storytime room, staff-only spaces, or behind staff desks.
  • Blank raffle tickets can be found on the table with the submission box. 
  • Prize: 4 tickets to Riverview Cinemas
  • Sponsored by Riverview Cinemas
  • ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY 12PM NOON ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2019. The winner will be drawn from eligible entries then be notified.

Our Weekly Raffle Prizes, Programs, and Book Bingo are all sponsored by The Friends of the Southbury Public Library.