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Summer Reading

Today starts week one of our Summer Reading Club. In order to join, you need to come to the library with your library card and we'll give you a packet. After that, you check in with us once a week with what you've read and get a prize just for reading.

Are you stumped on what to read? Here are a few sites with great book titles to help you out:

Teen Reads created the Ultimate Reading List for all teens. They update the list constantly as new books come in. There are plenty of books here to find!

New York Libraries has created a list of great teen reads and has book trailers on the site as well.

The National Endowment for the Humanities has a list of summertime classic favorites that they feel have stood the test of time.

There are plenty of other sites out there for book recommendations or you can stop in and ask for some!

Funny Ha Ha: The High School Humor Challenge

Calling all budding humorists: we want you to make us laugh! Studio 360 and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are looking for humor writing by students who are about to start high school, in high school, or spring graduates. Your writing can take any form — text, video, or audio. The writer and actor BJ Novak  will pick a winner on the show. Here's your assignment — your piece must begin and end with these sentences: FIRST LINE: The sun rose and everything fell.
LAST LINE: Alex stared at the door handle and slowly turned the knob. What happens in between those two lines is up to you! Go to the Humor Challenge site for more information.

Mockingjay Part 2 Teaser Trailer

This looks amazing!


Games with Impact

I recently discovered a few websites that help you learn about history or social issues.

Games for Change
Founded in 2004, Games for Change facilitates the creation and distribution of social impact games that serve as critical tools in humanitarian and educational efforts.
We aim to leverage entertainment and engagement for social good. To further grow the field, Games for Change convenes multiple stakeholders, highlights best practices, incubates games, and helps create and direct investment into new projects.

Spent
This game has you navigating the life of a person on a fixed income, helping you learn about poverty and economics.

Mission US
This game is free, but requires you to register to play. In the games, you life the life of a person in U.S. history, helping you learn about events in our country's past.