Summer Reading 2017

Summer Reading LogoLibrary Programming:

Summer reading season has arrived! It’s our favorite time of year in the Children’s Department and we can’t wait to share it with you. The theme for this summer’s program is “Build a Better World” and we’re thrilled to honor superheroes and local heroes alike. Kids can sign up to begin tracking their reading progress in July and can earn prizes throughout the summer.

Our favorite summer programs are back and include: Stories at the River Museum, Live Animal Visits, Science and Engineering events, Teen programs and more. For more information, visit the Children’s Featured Events section of our website.

Build a Better World Our Summer Reading Program Information packet and Summer Reading Calendar are available to view and print.

School Requirements:

The Essex Library has multiple copies of the books on your summer reading lists. We have made John Winthrop and VHRS summer reading assignments available in our teen department. Ask about rubrics, assignments and book titles and we’ll make sure you’ve got what you need to get your work done. Stop by anytime for summer book suggestions. We’d love to help you select a title that you’ll enjoy.

Valley Regional High School

Summer Reading projects are presented in CORE during the first week of school. Check out the 2017 Reading Selections. Additionally, you can visit the Summer Reading Assignment on the school web page.

The Essex Public Library summer discussion book will be Mosquitoland on Monday, July 2 from 4-5 pm. Pre-registration is required by calling the library. This discussion will count towards your summer reading requirement but you must also complete a visual aid project to turn into your CORE teacher on the second day of school.

Students may also make appointments throughout the summer to discuss a required list book in groups of four or more. Contact Jessica Branciforte at 860-767-1560 or ​jbranciforte@essexlib.org​. Students attending must complete a visual aid project for this book to turn into their CORE teacher in September.

John Winthrop Middle School

JW asks that you enjoy at least one fiction and one non-fiction book of your choice. Click for a link to a recommended list of “perfect pairs.” Don’t be afraid to mix and match – remember, you can read whatever you like! You can also take notes on the provided fiction and non-fiction note pages.

State of Connecticut Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge

Student journals, district reporting forms and all other materials are available online on the Connecticut Reads web page.