Kids and adults can find summer reading programs throughout the region. Goals range from increasing reading time to reading more diversely. Below is just a sample.
Tacoma Library, Seattle Public Library/ Seattle Arts and Lectures, and Whatcom County: Book Bingo (SPL has a different bingo card for teens). Seattle’s cards in past years have included “recommended by an independent bookseller” as a square; this year, there is “recommended by a librarian” and either “recommended by a friend” (teens) or “suggested by a young person” (adults). We like to hope that booksellers often count as friends, and some could be defined as young people, too, but even if you don’t go to your local independent bookstore for those squares, booksellers are ready to help you fill any squares that are stumping you.
As a matter of fact, some bookstores have summer-long book bingo suggestion displays, so even if you’re feeling a little shy, you can browse books that booksellers recommend to fit into different categories.
At Queen Anne Book Company, we created a display around the book bingo summer reading program at our local middle school, which is an adaptation of the SPL version.
Multnomah County has an on-line reading tracker or printed out gameboard to fill in to earn prizes.
In addition to supporting organized programs, bookstores also have tons of summer reading recommendations for all ages.
Do you have summer reading goals this year? What books have you chosen for this summer?