Summer Reading 2016

Monday, May 23 - Saturday, July 30

It's time again for Summer Reading! This year it's all about games, whether it be video games, board games, or sports, with a bit of reading thrown in! See below for full details. If you have any questions, please contact Courtney at 573-634-2464 ext. 248.

To sign up for Summer Reading, simply fill out the form here. You can pick up your Reading Log in the Teen Zone at the Missouri River Regional Library or you may print the document for yourself here.

You may begin filling out the bingo card on Monday, May 23, and must be finished by Saturday, July 30. You have until Monday, August 15 to pick up your prizes.

  • You may begin filling in boxes the first day of Summer Reading, Monday, May 23.
  • Start anywhere on the board and write the title of the book or information about your activity in the space to which it corresponds.
  • Each book you read/activity you do can only be counted for one square.
  • Complete 5 boxes in a row (vertical, horizontal, or diagonal) to earn a prize.
  • Earn up to 5 prizes.
  • Library staff will cross off your completed lines each time you come in to pick up a prize. Prizes can be picked up one at a time or all at once.
  • Finish all the squares to be entered in our grand prize drawing. (All must be completed by July 30 in order to be entered.)
FAQ - teen summer reading

General Questions

I’m not 12 yet, can I do the Teen Summer Reading Challenge?

Our “official” ages are 12-18, but if you’re 11 and feeling like the kid’s challenge is too easy, you can do the teen challenge instead!

I just graduated from high school, can I still do the Teen Summer Reading Challenge?

If you’ve just graduated from high school, you can still do the Teen Challenge. If you graduated last year, we recommend taking part in the Adult Summer Reading Challenge (they’ve got cool prizes too!).

Some of these squares require me to do something, how can I prove to you that I’ve done it?

If it’s something you can bring to show us, please do so (this includes the haiku, the photo,the illustration and the book review). For others, such as reading out loud to a family member or playing a game with a friend or family member, simply tell us/write down what you read/played and to/with whom.

For everything else, just write the title somewhere on the square to which it corresponds.

Can the book I’m reading count for more than one square?

No. It’s not uncommon for a book to fit multiple categories — maybe it’s a newly published book AND it’s a non-fiction book. In that case, pick one category. Maybe you read a lot of newer books, but you don’t read much non-fiction. You’ll probably want your newly-published, non-fiction book to count on the non-fiction square since you’ll likely pick up another new book sooner rather than later.

Do all of my books need to be Teen/Young Adult books?

Nope! You can read books written for any age group.

Do all of my books need to be checked out from the library?

No, you can read your own books, books from a different library, or wherever else you happen to find books.

Where can I pick up prizes?

Prizes are available in the Teen Zone OR at our Osage County branch in Linn.

When will you be doing the grand prize drawing?

We plan to draw for grand prizes Monday, August 15.

Challenge-Specific Details

“Attend a library event (other than Teen After-Hours).”

This means any other event at either branch. Basically, anything other than After-Hours.

“Check out an e-book or e-audiobook.”

Head for our Missouri Libraries 2 Go site. You will need your library card!

“Write a haiku about your favorite book.”

A haiku is a short poem that is three lines long. The first line has 5 syllables, the second has 7 syllables, and the third line has 5 syllables. Rhyming is not necessary. Please remember to show your haiku to a library staff member when collecting a prize.

“Take a photo of yourself reading in an unusual location.”

Photos can be shown to a staff member or emailed to Courtney, Teen Services Coordinator, at

“Check out our online resources and tell a staff member about your favorite.”

All of our online resources are housed here. Click on the resource (the vast majority can be accessed at home) and see what kind of things you can do with that resource. Tell us about a resource that you think is particularly fun or useful and tell us why you like it!

“Read an award-winning book.”

We have lists of award/honor books on both the Children’s page of the website and on the Teen page. Yes, you can read nominees and honor books (i.e. you can read one of the Printz Honor books or one of the Newbery Honor books; they don’t necessarily need to have won the award). Examples of book awards you can read include: Newbery Award, Michael L. Printz Award, Eisner Award, National Book Award, Stonewall Award, Coretta Scott King Award, Pura Belpre Award, Pulitzer Prize, PEN/Faulkner Award, etc. State awards (Mark Twain, Truman and Gateway) and nominees, past OR present count, too!

“Finish a series you’ve started.”

If it’s a particularly long series or a series that hasn’t finished yet, we’ll accept any progress you’ve made towards completing the series. We totally understand that some series are MUCH longer than others and that others are still on-going. Just tell us which series on which you’re working.

“Write a book review.”

No, we’re not using forms this year. Just tell us a bit about the book and what you liked or disliked about it. Reviews can be typed or written (make sure it’s legible!). Reviews may also be emailed directly to Courtney at

“Read a book with a character whose background is different from yours.”

We’re looking for diversity here. Read about a character from another country, religion, race, socio-economic status, or other characteristic that enables you to view the world through different lenses.

“Read a newly published book.”

Find a great newly published book on any of our “New Books” displays (you can find the new Teen books inside the Teen Zone). You can also find (and place a hold on) new books on our New Materials page.

For more specific details or further questions, contact Courtney at 634-2464 ext. 248 or at