Spark a Reaction! Teen Summer Reading Film & Finale on Aug 12

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What happens when you mix Library resources - books, film, art and technology - with the nimble imagination of a middle or high school student? You Spark a Reaction!, this year's explosive theme for the Teen Summer Reading Program at Greenwich Library. 

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Beginning July 1, teens can explore their imaginations through a variety of special events: a session with MakerBot, a scientific approach to rocket launching and a celebration of Batman's 75th Anniversary. Spark a Reaction! encourages teens to dive into a great novel, learn more about a topic of personal interest, and explore the Library's online and digital reading resources over the summer. 

Studies show that students who read more, read better. They also write and spell better, and have larger vocabularies. The key to avoiding 'summer slide' is access to books and an incentive to read. 

In the Teen Summer Reading Program students entering grades 6-12 read for fun and prizes. For each 1000 pages read (up to 3000 pages), students earn a goal level prize and are entered into the grand prize drawing. Students can also earn entries if they attend our summer reading events or by submitting reviews. The last day for participants to log reading information online is August 10. This year's highly sought-after grand prize, a GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition camera will be awarded at the August 12 finale event. 

The program kicks off on Tuesday, July 1 and includes the special events listed below.For more information email the Teen/YA Librarian


WHAT: Teen Summer Reading Kickoff:  Information and Movie Night 

WHEN: Tuesday, July 1 from 5-7 p.m. 

WHERE: 2nd Floor Meeting Room

DETAILS: Are you ready for summer...reading? Join us as we kick off the teen program and "Spark a Reaction!" Students entering grades 6-12 are invited to come and find out how you can win prizes simply by reading over the summer. Someone is going to win a really cool grand prize! We'll have some pizza and watch Now You See Me, an exciting heist movie described as Robin Hood meets David Copperfield starring Jesse Eisenberg and Dave Franco. 

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WHAT: Teen Summer Reading: Summer Chess
 
WHEN: Monday, July 7 from 7-8:45 p.m. 

WHERE: 2nd Floor Meeting Room 

DETAILS: National Master Rich Jackson will provide instruction, supervise play and challenge you to a game or two. All ages and skill levels are welcome. You don't have to bring anything except your love of the game or your desire to learn. No registration is required. 

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WHAT: Teen Summer Reading: Henna Creations
 
WHEN: Monday, July 14 from 2-4 p.m. (Registration begins Monday, July 1)
 
WHERE: 2nd Floor Meeting Room

DETAILS: Bring-a-buddy and come learn about the ancient tradition of henna from professional henna artist Jamilah. You will receive a beautiful, professionally done design from Jamilah but you can also try the practice on yourself or your friend! This program is open to students entering grades 6-12. REQUIRED ON-LINE REGISTRATION begins Monday July 1. 

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WHAT: Teen Summer Reading: MakerBot 3D Printing Demonstration 

WHEN: Saturday, July 19 from 2-4:30 p.m. 

WHERE: 2nd Floor Meeting Room

DETAILS: In keeping with our summer reading theme, Spark a Reaction!, Jon Lavallee, manager of the MakerBot store on Greenwich Avenue, will demonstrate their company's 3D printer, share some stories and answer questions. Appropriate for ages 10 & up. Presented by the Teen Services Student Leadership Council. 

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WHAT: Teen Summer Reading: 75 Years of Batman

WHEN: Saturday, July 26 from 1-3 p.m. 

WHERE: 2nd Floor Meeting Room

DETAILS: HOLY ANNIVERSARY! Come celebrate 75 years of crime fighting at Batman Day. We'll have games, classic videos and lots of prizes! For Bat-Fans of all ages! 

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WHAT: Teen Summer Reading: 3, 2, 1...Lift Off! Rocketry for Teens

WHEN: Thursday, July 31 from 1-2:15 p.m. 

WHERE: 2nd Floor Meeting Room

DETAILS: Participants will explore the basic principles of rocket design, trajectory, and propulsion using rockets they make and launch. For ages 11 and up. 

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WHAT: Teen Summer Reading: Middle School Book Club

WHEN: Thursday, July 31 from 5-6 p.m. 

WHERE: 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Greenwich Library 101 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich 

DETAILS: Book discussion for students entering grades 6, 7 and 8.The title we will be talking about today is Eye of the Storm by Kate Messner. In this 2015 Nutmeg nominee Jaden's visit with her meteorologist father, who has just returned from spending four years in Russia conducting experiments, fills her with fear as she discovers that her father's community, Placid Meadows, is anything but placid. Killer tornadoes and futuristic science make this a must read! Pizza will be served. You may register for the program and pick up a copy of the book at the 2nd floor reference desk.

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WHAT: Teen Summer Reading: Summer Chess

WHEN: Monday, August 4 from 7-8:45 p.m. 

WHERE: 2nd Floor Meeting Room

DETAILS: National Master Rich Jackson will provide instruction, supervise play and challenge you to a game or two. All ages and skill levels are welcome. You don't have to bring anything except your love of the game or your desire to learn. No registration is required. 

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WHAT: Teen Summer Reading: Film and Finale

WHEN: Tuesday, August 12 from 5-7:30 p.m. 

WHERE: 2nd Floor Meeting Room

DETAILS: Celebrate the end of summer reading at our film and finale party. Hang out with your friends, have some pizza and enjoy the movie Divergent. We will also have giveaways and announce the lucky winner of our grand prize! No registration required. 


The Summer Reading Program is part of Greenwich Library's commitment to encourage students to explore Library resources and continue reading during the summer break. The program is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. For more information on the Teen Summer Reading Program, please email the Teen/YA Librarian or visit the Library's teen page at www.greenwichlibrary.org/teens.

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