If You Are Up for a Challenge, You Can Earn Extra Points Toward your Summer Reading Goals

This summer, you have a new way to earn points toward your summer reading goals. Each week, we will offer you a new challenge inspired by the summer's theme, Build a Better World. 

Here's how:
1. Complete a Build a Better World Challenge listed below.
2. Log your reading as you normally would.
3. Click on the Activities button, then Discover and enter the completed challenge to earn 5 more points! Don't forget to use the appropriate hashtag to share your accomplishments with your fellow summer readers!

You can take up one, or all of the challenges. It's up to you. Feel free to jump ahead, or circle back to complete one you might have missed. 

Need a little reading inspiration? For each challenge, we will post a new collection of reading recommendations on OverDrive digital media catalog.

Week 1 (June 5 - 11): Recycle – Reread a favorite book. #recycle
Week 2 (June 12 - 18): If You Build It, They Will Come –
Read a book on a project you have been meaning to tackle, a recipe you have been meaning to try or a skill you have been wanting to master. #fieldofdreams
Week 3 June 19 - 25): New Construction –
Read a bestseller in a genre you do not normally read. #newconstruction
Week 4 (June 26 - July 2): 
Blueprints – Read a book that has been made into a movie you have not seen yet. #blueprints
Week 5 (July 3 - 9): Finishing Touches – Read a book with pictures. #finishingtouches 
Week 6 July 10 - 16): Foundations and Frameworks – Read the first book in a series. #foundations
Week 7: (July 17 - 23) Wired for Sound – Listen to an audiobook. #wired
Week 8: (July 24 - 30): Building Blocks – Read a book of short stories, a poetry collection or a novella. #buildingblocks
Week 9 (July 31 - August 5): Historic Preservation & Landmarks - Read history, whether it be actual history, historical fiction or alternative history. #history

Haven't signed up for Summer Reading yet? What are you waiting for? Do it NOW!


Congratulations on a great

Congratulations on a great design for the Summer Reading Program. I have one suggestion. On the upper right of the main pages you used to have words that said "Log Books or Activities" or "Write a Review." These words have now been replaced by icons whose meaning is not at all clear. Users will be frustrated trying to navigate your site. Please return to using the words.

Hello! On the desktop version

Hello! On the desktop version there is text rather than the icons. The icons were used on the mobile site to optimize space.That being said, we understand your point about the icons and will forward your feedback to the designers. Thanks much for your excellent feedback. We appreciate you taking the time to write to us. Thanks!

My 18 month old son and I are

My 18 month old son and I are loving the summer reading challenge! We'd like to complete the better world challenges and are going to try to complete them in order. The problem is, I am not sure which week we are currently in - we are going to add the challenges to our calendar and back track the ones we missed and it sure would be great to know if we are currently in week 2, 3, or whichever! Thank you!

We are completely stoked that

We are completely stoked that you and your son are doing the challenges! Week 5: #finishingtouches started today. I revised the Build a Better World Challenge blog so that you can see week numbers and there corresponding dates. I hope this helps. Keep us posted on your progress. We'd love to hear what you and your son are reading!. Thanks for reaching out to us. 

Thanks for adding the dates!

Thanks for adding the dates! Awesome! We've read 47 books so far (and each of those, countless times!) Currently, some of our favorite books are: Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett, The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin, Ribbit! by Rodrigo Folgueria, and If You See a Kitten by John Butler! Thanks again for setting up such a fun program!

That is fantastic! We are so

That is fantastic! We are so happy you and your little one are having fun with this, and reading really great books! We hope you have been able to attend some of the summer programs at your branch, too!

I am up for the challenge. I

I am up for the challenge. I need new challenges. My first of the challenge is to read a different genre book.

Awesome! We're glad you're up

Awesome! We're glad you're up for it. There is a list of all the challenges above. Feel free to circle back to do the two previous ones, or jump ahead to any that catch your fancy. Good luck!

I am shocked there is no

I am shocked there is no place to click on your Library's page to take you directly to the Summer Reading Program login. Can you please fix this? It's ridiculous. I am totaly serious about this.

If you click on the Build a

If you click on the Build a Better World banner at the top of the page, you will be taken directly to your login. You can also click on "Register for Summer Reading Now!" a little lower on the page. 

Thank you for your comment.

I'm up for A CHALLENGE...

I'm up for A CHALLENGE... here's to a GOAL being set.... each week, checking off a Build A Better World theme..... To me, these kind of encouraging interactions IS WHAT Summer Reading Programs can be all about. The coming together to enjoy new ways of doing just that...enjoying. THANKS for the encouragement.... now I have some reading to do... ;)

Great! We're glad to hear you

Great! We're glad to hear you are up for it. Later this afternoon, there should be a new collection on OverDrive to go along with this week's challenge: #newconstruction! 

Thanks for your feedback. Keep us posted!