2016 Summer Reading Program @ the Woodridge Public Library
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About This Summer Reading Program

For students entering grades 7-12 when school begins in August. You must have a Woodridge Library Card or be a student in District 68 or have just graduated a District 68 8th grade and have your card set up as a reciprocal borrower.

Write a review online or on paper for each J, YA or adult book that you read or finish between June 1 and July 30. A review tells about the setting, the characters, what happens, and your reasons for recommending or not recommending the book. Books must be at least 100 pages in length, appropriate for your reading level/age, and appear in the online catalog. One graphic novel is allowed. Post your review* online or place your paper copy in the entry box.

Each review will be a chance in the weekly raffles for gift cards. READ3 books to earn the king size candy bar. READ5 books to earn a $5 Cinemark or Starbucks gift card, a Classic Cinemas pass and your first ticket in the Grand Prize raffle. READ3 and READ5 incentives are awarded once each.

Keep reading. Starting with #5, every book read/reviewed gives you a chance in the Grand Prize ($50) drawings to be held on August 1.

Grand Prize drawing winners should be prepared to answer a question about the winning title.

READ3 prizes will be available starting June 15.
READ5 prizes will be available starting June 25.

Patron Book Reviews

The events from this book changed history. Elie Wiesel, a survivor of the Holocaust, wrote the horrible events that he experienced when he was at the concentration camps. This book truly amazes me, it amazes me because it shows me of how horrible people can actually be. And this is the stuff that I don't understand why people do this. Why would the Germans follow orders from Hitler and exterminate all Jews? Do they not feel guilty, they took so many lives. so many innocent lives. Read this book, and you'll be a changed man.

Or women.   Library's SWAN Online Catalog
The Night
Elie Wiesel
This is the story of Craig Gilner and his struggle with depression. Craig lives in New York, and is determined to get into Executive Pre-Professional High School in Manhattan. He studies day in and day out in order to pass the entrance test, and he ends up getting a perfect score. The day he gets his acceptance letter is the last time he feels happy before he is overcome with depression. After that day, Craig's life is on a downward spiral that he can't seem to escape. Suddenly, Craig is overwhelmed with the pressure to overachieve and believes that the only way to succeed in the future is to get as good of grades as his classmates. When he earns 93%'s in all of his classes, Craig begins to view himself as just an average student. Craig panics and sees his dreams of his ideal future vanishing. The stress makes Craig feel powerless, so his mom has him see therapists and he takes medication as well. Craig eventually decides to stop taking the medication because he thinks he is better. However, Craig is definitely not better, and his depression gets much worse. One night, he nearly kills himself, and ends up checking himself into a mental hospital. Here, he connects with other patients, realizes who his true friends are, finds new hobbies and becomes more grateful for the life he is living. This is an empowering story that makes readers reflect on how much their life is really worth and that problems can be solved when you take a step back from everything.  Library's SWAN Online Catalog
It's Kind of a Funny Story
Ned Vizzini