Summer Reading Program

All events open to high school students (including rising freshman & recent grads) only. Click on the event title for details about each event. 

Summer Reading Extravaganza: Choose Your Own Adventure; 5/22-8/18

summer_reading_ya_squareThis summer we want you to Choose Your Own Adventure! Unlike during the school year, this is your chance to read whatever interests you and earn the chance to win prizes while doing it. To participate, follow the instructions here.


Creative Writing Series*: Slam Poetry with Billy Butler: Weds 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30

billybutler2In July, we’re going to switch up our weekly creative writing sessions by spending a few weeks honing our slam poetry skills. Guest teacher and slam poet extraordinaire, Billy Butler, will be taking over the classroom to teach the art of spoken word performance. Registration is recommended for each of the four sessions. Register here.

Sweet Reads Book Club: Eleanor and Park; 7/7/14

15745753Nothing is quite as sweet as your first romance. Join us as we read Rainbow Rowell’s award-winning novel, Eleanor and Park, which follows the blossoming relationship between two misfits who are smart enough to know that first love rarely lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. Refreshments will be provided. Registration required. More information and registration information here. Find a copy of the book here.

Famous Last Words: A Looking for Alaska Book Club; 7/21/14

You have heard all about The Fault in Our Stars, but have you read John Green’s first book? Looking for Alaska tells the story of “brilliant, insightful, suffering but enduring” Pudge’s first year of boarding school where he meets two people who will change his life forever. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time reading it or your 71st time reading it, join us for a discussion of what makes this book a classic. Refreshments provided. Registration required. Register here. Find a copy of Looking for Alaska here.

Factions Before Blood: A Discussion of the Divergent Trilogy; 8/4/14

divergent-trilogyIf you have read Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy, you probably have a lot…feelings. Join us as we discuss our thoughts about the trilogy, from how the movie compared to the book to the controversial ending of the final installment. Favorite characters? Most shocking moments? We’ll be talking about it all. Refreshments will be provided. Registration required. Register here. Veronica Roth’s books can be found here.

The Final Adventure: Summer Reading Raffle, Party, and Prize Collection; 8/1814

solfoodSad to see the summer end? Don’t worry, the summer isn’t over yet! Meet us in the Outdoor Amphitheater to enjoy one last warm summer evening with free Sol Food, a raffle for summer reading prizes, a slam poetry performance by students in Billy Butler’s summer workshop, and more! Registration recommended (and appreciated) so we know how much food to provide. Register here.

*Creative Writing Workshops: Every Wednesday evening from 7-8:30 PM

creativewritinginstagramForget essays and homework; discover what it means to let creativity run wild and write for pleasure at these weekly creative writing workshops. We will read and discuss poetry, fiction, non-fiction, slam poetry, and any other type of writing that strikes our fancy. These workshops offer the opportunity to explore your writing skills in a relaxed, informal environment. Creative Writing Workshops aren’t about getting a good grade or writing a critical analysis, they are about trying new things and creating something exciting.

If you don’t feel like writing, that’s fine too, you are always welcome to just hang out, eat candy, and listen to what others have to say. A collection of student writing can be found here. Like our Facebook page here.