Teen Summer Reading Program Wrap Up!

Now that this summer’s teen reading program has come to a close, here is a recap of what went on here this summer, as well as the prize winners.

For this summer’s theme, “Get in the Game: READ!” we turned our attention to Mind & Body Wellness.  Our 8-week program kicked off on June 21st with a visit from triathlete Angela Bancroft.  Our schedule was jam packed with programs like the smoothie challenge, a Step Count Challenge, make your own zen garden, yoga and — of course — reading, including a book club!

In the smoothie challenge, teens formed teams of 2 and had to put together their best recipe using a liquid, at least 2 fruits and/or veggies, and had the option of adding healthful extras and spices or sweeteners.  Our winning team, Marcus Mitchell and Monique Market, went for chocolate — and lots of it — and each won a smoothie cookbook!

During the month of July, for the Step Count Challenge, teens were issued pedometers and kept track of their steps for the month.  Our winner, Mitchell Bean, logged a total of 398,272 steps during July. For his efforts, he won a $25 gift card to Olympia Sports.

Winning the prize for the most number of programs attended was Chris Cloutier.  Chris attended 20 programs and won a backpack filled with school supplies.

With 42 teens signed up to read with us this summer, there was lots of reading going on — with a total of 245 books read!  Our Pizza & Pages Book Club read and discussed 3 books with a common theme of the main character having to overcome setbacks to achieve in their sports of running, swimming and baseball.  Thanks to Center Street Dental, participants got to keep a copy of the book(s) they read, and our local Domino’s supplied the pizza for this book group!

Our top reader this summer was Lily Vincent, who read 30 books.  For her efforts, she won a book bundle of 6 popular young adult books.

Faith Thompson was the winner of this summer’s grand prize, a FitBit Charge, donated by Best Buy.

Congratulations and thanks to all who participated in the 2016 Teen Summer Reading Program.  Special thanks to our sponsors — Best Buy, Portland Sea Dogs, Center Street Dental, Top It Frozen Yogurt, Domino’s Pizza and Hannaford!

Believe it or not, we’ve already started thinking about the 2017 Teen Summer Reading Program. Next summer’s theme: “Build a Better World.”  If you’d like to help in the planning, contact Donna Wallace at the Reference Desk!