Summer Reading 2020
1. Sign Up.
Sign up here for our summer reading programs. Please note, due to the COVID-19 Library closure, the 2020 Summer Reading series will be entirely online this year. We will offer a variety of virtual events to celebrate the Summer (see links below) and give plenty of chances to win some digital gift cards! Thank you for understanding!
Summer Reading July Virtual Program Schedules:
Summer Reading Registration Links:
Adults: after registering proceed to step #2 below.
To let us know about your reading, have a grownup sign up for a Beanstack account. Logging your reading via Beanstack will be available on June 22nd and will last until the end of summer reading on August 7th. Create one "parent" account for the family, and sub accounts for each child in the family.
Every time you want to report some reading hours, log in to Beanstack, choose the person who is logging their time, and put the time in the Beanstack form. Every hour you read enters you in a weekly raffle for mini-prizes: gift cards to Grandpa Joe’s, Uptown Coffee, Learning Express, and more!
When you have read eight hours, you have completed our Summer Reading Challenge and will receive a $10 gift card to spend at an online bookstore!
At the end of the summer we will also draw names for a special grand prize. There is no limit on how many raffle entries you get for reading, so the more you read, the better!
Our library’s summer reading lists have been selected by our Adult, Teen and Children Librarians. The lists contain well reviewed non-fiction and fiction titles available in print and in digital copies in Axis 360 and OverDrive. The library has purchased multiple copies of each print title to make it easier for you to get a copy in the library faster without long waitlists. The library has purchased multiple digital copies of each title as well. Digital titles are available in Axis 360, a digital content provider. These titles will be available in Overdrive but Axis 360 titles are available to our library card holders to make it easier for you to obtain copies with long waitlists in OverDrive. The summer reading list also contains a special section of selected non-fiction and fiction titles instantly available on Hoopla.
Read what you want, but if you need ideas check out the lists below:
Please click the links below to see our special selection of summer reading list titles available on Hoopla for immediate download. There are no waitlists on Hoopla titles. Some titles will be available in both e-book and e-audio format.
We have added our Mt Lebanon Public Library Summer Reading List titles to our Select Reads database. The advantage of scrolling through our titles in Select Reads is that each title is linked to our catalog for you to check availability and place holds.
Select Reads Summer Reading list links to the library’s catalog.
Select Reads Teen Summer Reading list links to the library’s catalog.
Select Reads Kids Summer Reading list links to the library’s catalog.
Check out the goodReads BookShelf, post a review, and join a discussion.
3. Record Your Reading and Enter to Win Prizes!
After you register, read or listen to books and submit one online review slip per title (see link below). Submit your reviews for a chance to win prizes!
Challenge Yourself with Extra Activities:
Adult Book Bingo:
Try to get Bingo by reading your way across, up or down or horizontally on our book bingo card. Once you obtain bingo please email us the list of your bingo titles at email@example.com.
Or take a photo of your card with the titles written in the squares and send your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please print out the Bingo card here:
Children and Teens:
Read or listen to books! Download the Virtual Reading Log here and then cross off one picture below for every 20 minutes you read. Each box = 1 hour. Each hour of reading enters you in a drawing for a weekly raffle prize! After 8 hours of reading, earn a $10 gift card for an online book shop and be entered into a final grand prize drawing! Enter your reading time online anytime between June 22nd and August 7th to claim your prize and enter the drawings. Want to keep reading and do more fun stuff? See the second page (Character Builder) to create your own fairy tale hero, complete awesome challenges, and earn extra raffle entries!
For each of the eight weeks of the summer reading, a new bingo card will be featured that provides reading prompts and activities that correspond with the weekly theme. Participants must complete one bingo card before submitting to email@example.com or their local participating library (firstname.lastname@example.org). Maximum of two cards per participant. A different prize will be distributed randomly each week to those who submit a completed bingo card.
Follow ACLA Youth Services (@aclayouthservices) on Facebook for ideas on how to complete some of the squares. Share pictures of your adventures completing the bingo card by tagging ACLA Youth Services and using the hashtags #aclasummerreading2020 or #aclasummerbingocard.
4. Talk about it!
Online Book Discussion
Adults join our Summer Reading 2020 Discussion on GoodReads - share what you’re reading, find out what others are reading, and write reviews that others can read.
Join the Mt. Lebanon Library Alone-Together Facebook Page to share what you are reading! Ask for recommendations, arrange to share books, or set up a private book chat! This group--created as an outlet for our patrons to share their love of books and what they are doing during the COVID19 quarantine--is 300-members strong and growing! It’s a great place to converse with other book/library lovers during these unusual times! The link to the page is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mtleblibrary/
Virtual Adult Book Groups:
We have several virtual adult book groups planned this summer. All book groups will be listed in the Library’s event calendar. All sessions will be held virtually via Zoom. You must register for each book group so that we can send you Zoom invitation.
Virtual Evening Book Group 7-8:00PM:
Virtual Well-Read Women’s Book Group 6:30-8:00PM:
Thursday, July 30th. I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown. Please register here.
Wednesday, July 29th at 7:00PM Community Reads: Walden by Henry David Thoreau (Virtual Program). For more information and to register click here.