Summer Reading Archive

Summer Library Program 2015: Read Around Ypsi

 

Sign-up begins on Saturday, June 13. Prize drawings on Sunday, August 16.

Readers of all ages are invited to join the Ypsilanti District Library (YDL) in exploring the great things our local area has to offer! Sign up at any YDL location beginning June 13.

 

For little ones:
Pick up a reading log at any library location with lots of fun activities that parents and children can do together to build literacy skills. Complete all the activities and attend library storytimes to win!

For kids:
Children 12 and under can earn prizes for the number of minutes they spend reading or listening to books. Prizes include passes to Rutherford Pool, Dairy Queen ice cream, and a free new book!

For Teens:
Track your summer reading and learning to earn points toward your Summer Reading goal. More points equals more prizes! Log your progress and get more details at http://ydlteensummergame.blogspot.com

For Adults:
Adults who read or listen to eight books this summer will receive a gift for finishing. Visit a local cultural event, attend a library program, or check out a museum or park to count as one of your eight books! Adults, click here to log your progress online»

For Everyone:
Snap a selfie of you reading a great book in your favorite place around town, or a book "shelfie" of some of your favorite reads, and share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #ReadAroundYpsi! The library will be sharing these photos all summer long. 

(Please note that using the #ReadAroundYpsi hashtag gives the library permission to repost your photo.)

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Summer Library Program 2014: Feed Your Mind

Sign-up begins on Saturday, June 1. Prize drawings on Sunday, August 17.

Readers of all ages are invited to join the Ypsilanti District Library (YDL) in celebrating food for mind, body, and soul with our food-themed Summer Reading Program. Sign up at any YDL location beginning June 1.

 

For little ones:
We’re introducing a new summer reading option for pre-readers! Parents track each time they read a book to their children or attend a library storytime. A total of 21 earns a prize.

For kids:
Children 12 and under can earn prizes for the number of minutes they spend reading or listening to books. Prizes include passes to Rutherford Pool, Dairy Queen ice cream, and a free new book!

For Teens:
Track your summer reading and learning to earn points toward your Summer Reading goal. More points equals more prizes! Log your progress and get more details at http://ydlteensummergame.blogspot.com

For Adults:
Adults who read or listen to eight books this summer will receive a gift for finishing. Contribute a favorite recipe and it will count as one of your eight books! Adults, click here to log your progress online»

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2013: DIY at YDL

Summer Library Program 2013: June 1 to August 18

Read. Learn. Do! (For readers 12 and under) Is the title of this year’s summer reading activity. Read whatever your heart desires (or have someone read to you), and attend our fun storytimes and programs that include free crafts, games, movies, and music. Your goal is to spend 900 minutes (that’s 15 hours) in reading activities throughout the summer. You may read books, magazines, newspapers, websites – even cereal boxes. Everything counts, including audiobooks and listening to and reading aloud to someone else!  Collect a small prize when you reach the 450-minute mark. When you reach 900 minutes, you’ll get to choose a brand new book to keep. Need some help reaching your goal? Attend our storytimes or sign up for Reading Sidekicks to read with one of our teen volunteers at YDL-Whittaker (call 482-4110 ext. 1340).

Dream It! Make It! (Readers 13-18) Play the new summer game developed by teen summer interns. Read and attend library programs between June 1 and August 18 to earn points toward prizes The more activities you complete, the more points you earn! Watch YDL’s teen Facebook page and website (www.ypsilibrary.org/just-for-you/teens) throughout the summer for details!

DIY @ YDL. Adults who do any eight of the following (mix and match) over the summer will receive a gift just for finishing: read or listen to books or ebooks, attend DIY library programs, or complete DIY activities using library materials. You can access your reading log on our website at www.ypsilibrary.org. All completed logs received by 5 pm on Sunday, August 18will be entered into a prize drawing. Sign up in person at any YDL location beginning June 1.

 


2012: Sharkabet

Dive into Reading (12 & Under)
Dive into reading whatever your heart desires (or have someone read to you), and attend our fun storytimes and programs that include free crafts, games, theater, movies, and music. Your goal is to spend 900 minutes (that's 15 hours) in reading activities throughout the summer. 

You may read books, magazines, newspapers, websites - even cereal boxes. Everything counts, including audiobooks and listening to and reading aloud to someone else. Collect a prize when you reach the 450-minute mark. When you log 900 minutes, you'll get to choose a brand new book of your own to keep. 

Need help reaching your goal? Sign up for a Reading Sidekick, one of our teen volunteers.

Reading Bites! (Ages 13-18)
This summer, the Ypsilanti District Library challenges teens to complete at least 10 plays, one in each of 10 categories, by 5 pm on August 19 to be entered in a grand prize drawing. Submit plays as you complete them at any location to earn chances in a weekly drawing for smaller prizes. Attend programs, read, explore the library and Ypsilanti for tons of summer fun!

Sail Through Summer...Read! (Adults)
Adults who read or listen to eight or more books over the summer will receive a gift just for finishing. You can access your reading log online beginning June 1. All completed logs receieved by 5 pm on Sunday, August 19 will be entered into a prize drawing.

 

2011: GREEN READING

Read, Grow, Bloom! (12 & Under)
This summer is all about gardening and recycling! Read your favorite books (or have someone read to you) and attend our fun storytimes and programs that include free crafts, games, theater, movies, and music. Your goal is to spend 900 minutes (15 hours) in reading activities this summer.

Everything counts, including audiobooks and listening to and reading aloud to someeone else. Collect a small prize when you reach the halfway point at 450 minutes. When you reach 900 minutes, you'll get to choose a brand-new paperback book of your own to keep. Need some help reaching your goal? Sign up for a Reading Sidekick (one of our teen volunteers).

Get Your Green On! (Ages 13-18)
Teens, we challenge you to complete five tasks and make a BINGO across, down, or diagonally to win a free book and enter your name in a drawing for cool prizes! You must turn in your BINGO card at any YDL location by 6 pm on August 20 to be entered in the drawing.

Grow Your Mind! (Adult Ages 18+) Sign up at any YDL branch starting June 1, 2011
This year's theme is all things green.  Enjoy a variety of theme-related programs (see Latitudes for more information). Adult readers (18+) have a goal of completing eight books in any format (print or audio). Those who reach their goal and turn in a reading log by 6 pm on Saturday, August 20 will receive a finishing gift and entry into a drawing for an additional prize. If you wish, record the books (and an optional review/rating) you've read directly onto the Grow Your Mind! site.  [Note--if logging online you must let us know you have finished your log either by phone or email].


 

2010: BASEBALL
 

Get in the Game...Read! (12 & Under)
Read whatever your heart desires (or have someone read to you) and attend our free, fun programs of crafts, games, theater, movies, and music. Your goal is to spend 900 minutes (15 hours) in reading activities. Anything counts: books, magazines, newspapers, websites, audiobooks, and listening to and reading aloud to someone else! Collect a prize when you reach the halfway mark. When you reach 900 minutes, you'll get to choose a brand-new book of your own to keep.

Step Up to the Plate...Read! (Ages 13-18)
Teens who complete five tasks to make BINGO across, down, or diagonally win a free book and can enter a drawing for cool prizes. Turn in your BINGO card at any YDL location by August 21 at 5 pm for a chance to win.

Out of the Park...and into the Library! (Adults)
Adults are challenged to swing for the fences and hit their reading goals out of the park. Finish reading eight books (either print, e-book, or audiobooks) and turn in your reading log by Sunday, August 22 at 5 pm to be entered in a drawing for great prizes, including tickets to Detroit Tigers baseball games.


 

2009: TRANSPORTATION

Explores modes of transportation and pays homage to Michigan’s rich automotive history as a foundation for a fun-filled summer of activities from June 1 to August 22. There are separate themes for children age 12 and under, teens, and adults, each with their own set of rewards.

Youth: Wheel of Reading (age 12 and under)

Young readers will explore the Wheel of Reading in our fun story-times and programs that include free crafts, games, science experiments, theater, movies, music and dance. The reading goal is to spend 900 minutes (that’s 15 hours) in reading activities throughout the summer.

Read whatever your heart desires: books, magazines, newspapers, websites—even cereal boxes. Everything counts, including audiobooks and listening to and reading aloud to someone else! Collect a small prize when you reach the 450-minute mark. When you reach 900 minutes, you’ll get to choose a brand-new paperback book of your own to keep.

Teens: Transport Yourself! (ages 12-18)

Teens are challenged to Transport Yourself! Complete 5 tasks to make a BINGO across, down, or diagonally on your game card to win a free book and enter your name in a drawing for a gift certificate and other cool prizes! You must turn in your BINGO card at any Ypsilanti District Library location by 5 pm on August 22 to be entered in the drawing.

Adults: Minds in Motion

Adults will have their Minds in Motion during the summer. Adults who finish eight books (either print or audio books) and turn in their reading logs by 5 pm on Saturday, August 22 will be entered in a drawing for additional prizes. Sign up in person at any YDL location beginning June 1.

 

2008: Reading Rocks!
 

Youth: Be a Star

Let your imagination take you wherever you want to go. Read whatever your heart desires: books, magazines, newspapers, websites - even cereal boxes!

Everything counts, including audiobooks and listening to and reading aloud to someone else.

Your goal is to spend 900 minutes (15 hours) in reading activities throughout the summer. Collect a small prize when you reach the 450 minute mark. When you reach 900 minutes, you'll get to choose a brand new paperback book of your own to keep - and be entereed into a drawing to win books signed by their authors.

Teens: Read Read Revolution

Teens who read six books over the summer will earn a free book of their choice and be entered into a drawing for cool prizes. Just for registering for summer reading, teens will get a $5 YDL gift certificate they can spend on printing/copying in the library or overdue fines.

Adults: Booked for the Summer

Adult readers (18+) set a goal of completing eight books in any format (print or audio). Those who reach their goal and turn in their reading log by 5 pm on Sunday, August 17 will receive a finishing gift and entry into a drawing for an additional prize. You can record the books you've read directly onto the website: Booked for the Summer.

 

2007: Around the World in 80 Days
 

This year’s summer reading promises enriching programs and wonderful incentives for readers of all ages. This year’s theme, Around the World in 80 Days, is inspired by Jules Verne’s 1873 adventure novel by the same name. Not coincidentally, this year’s summer reading program is exactly 80 days – from June 1 through August 19. Read on to learn about what’s in store and how to sign up!

Youth: Around the World in 80 Days

80 days of reading adventure! 80 days of fun-filled activities! 80 days of summer reading! Read whatever your heart desires (or have someone read to you) and attend our fun-filled storytimes and programs that include games, crafts, dance, music and magic. On your mark, Get set, Go!

Children ages 12 and under have the goal of reading for 900 minutes over the summer. Prizes will be given at 300-minute milestones. Each child who reaches 900 minutes gets to choose a new book to keep.

Teens: Global A-Go-Go!

Teens, ages 13 – 19, are encouraged to read six books over the course of the summer. When they sign up teens will receive a $5 YDL coupon that can be used to pay for fines, copies, or printing. They will also receive a bookmark and a Hungry Howie’s coupon when they register. Upon completing six books (teens can read whatever they like!) they will receive a free book and coupon for a free pizza. At the end of summer all teens that reach the goal of six books will be entered into a drawing for more prizes! Some prizes included in the drawing are…

  • Red Robin Gift card with movie passes
  • $35 Walmart gift card
  • $20 Target gift card
  • $5 Hershey’s Ice Cream & Grill gift certificates
  • $20 Best Buy Gift Card

Teens are also encouraged to participate in teen programming throughout the summer. Our Teen Advisory Group (TAG) and Anime Club (TYDL WAVE) meet every month. YDL will also have a Teen Listening Party, DDR Afterhours event, Summer Book Chat, Game Zone, and more! To learn more about Global a Go-Go call 482-4110 ext. 1348 (Whittaker) or ext. 1390 (Michigan).

Adults: Take Off…With Books

Adult readers (18+) set a goal of completing eight books in any format (print or audio). Those who reach their goal and turn in their reading log by 5 pm on Sunday, August 19 will receive a finishing gift and entry into a drawing for an additional prize.

During the summer, enjoy travel programs like “Be Fit Ypsilanti”, “Get on a Bike”, “Travel Fit”, “Travel on a Dime”, and “Historic Bridges of Michigan”. Learn from the experts how to organize your office and closets, maintain your garden, address global warming, manage stress, and talk to your doctor. Join the fun at the “Introduction to the Ukulele” and “Home Brewing Basics” programs. For more details and registration, visit the library or call 482-4110 ext. 1377 (Whittaker), ext. 1385 (Michigan Ave) or 482-3747 (Superior).

 

2006: Shakes-perience
 

After much ado, the stage is set for our summer reading programs, which are inspired by no less a playwright than Shakespeare. We will explore the Bard and his modern-day influences in theatre, poetry, art, and song.

Youth, teens and adults are invited to sign up for age-specific reading programs beginning Thursday, June 1. Stop by either YDL-Whittaker Road or YDL-Michigan Avenue or call the contact numbers listed below. Then join us on Saturday, June 10 for kick-off activities for all age groups at both locations. The merriment continues through Saturday, August 19, when a wrap-up celebration brings down the curtain on what we hope will be record-breaking reading performances. Read on to discover all that summer reading has in store!

Youth: “To Read . . . Or Be Read To”

That is the question for our youngest library patrons this summer. Young people 12 and under are invited to set a reading goal of 900 minutes, and can earn incentive prizes at 300 and 600 minutes. The grand prize for finishers will be a new book, thanks to the generosity of our Friends of YDL. Call our youth departments for more information: 482-4110 ext. 1340 (Whittaker) or ext. 1390 (Michigan Avenue).

Teens: “Will Power”

Teens 12-17 are encouraged to read eight books this summer on any topic. Just for signing up, teens will receive a $5 YDL coupon and a Hungry Howie’s coupon. The final prize will be a free book. At the end of summer, finishers will also be included in a raffle for more prizes from area establishments. Teens are invited to participate in special teen-planned programs like Shakurspeare: Hip Hop Literary Connections, a concert by The High Strung, and the Teen Advisory Group. To learn more about “Will Power,” call 482-4110 ext. 1348 (Whittaker) or ext. 1390 (Michigan Avenue).

Adults: “Reading. . . As You Like It”

YDL’s adult readers can discover the mysteries of herbal medicines, see action theatre troupe The Ring of Steel brandish Elizabethan-style weapons, and become enchanted by the Celtic music of Tartanic. Those who enroll in the summer reading program set a goal of completing eight books in any format. For more details and registration, call 482-4110 ext. 1377 (Whittaker) or ext. 1385 (Michigan Avenue).

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