YA Summer Reading

Young Adult Summer Reading Program

Teens ages 11 – 18 are invited to participate in our Summer Reading Program “Imagine Your Story.” The program runs from July 1st through August 14th. We hope to create a sense of community for teens even though we can’t be together in person, so we’ve come up with a few ways we can all connect through crafts, activities, contests, and stories. Tell your story this summer!

For information about our Summer Reading Program for youth ages 0 – 10 please click here.

You can track your reading using our NEW online summer reading software, Beanstack, or on a paper log available at the library. Use Beanstack to log your reading, earn badges, and write reviews of your favorite books! Visit https://sunderlandpubliclibrary.beanstack.org/ to sign up for Beanstack. We have also created some simple instructions to get you started using Beanstack.

You may also track your reading using a traditional paper log. Please contact the library if you would like to arrange for us to print a copy for you to pick up at our curbside.

Writing Contest

Teens & Tweens from 11-18 get out your notebooks and pens, or stretch your typing fingers, it’s time to get creative.  

This summer we’re holding a writing contest in two genres: Fairy Tales and Ghost Stories. Do you want to enchant your audience? Or give them a scare? Don’t be afraid to mix things up. Fairy tales can be frightening, ghost stories can be funny or romantic, it’s up to you!  Your words create a new little pocket of possibility, a window into an imaginary world; let your imagination be your guide. 

You are free to tell your story the way you want to. There are several possibilities. You could write your story in the form of poetry, (https://poets.org/poem/lenore) as a graphic novel, (https://www.comicsbeat.com/from-fairy-tale-to-graphic-novel-the-black-bull-of-norroway/https://emcarroll.com/comics/faceallred/01.html,), or write a more traditional short story.  All submissions should be kept to a limit of 3,000 words or less. 

Our young adult librarian has put together some materials to help get you started. Contact the YA librarian at hmcguirk@cwmars.org for copies.  We can send digital copies through email or physical copies through the mail (With your parent’s permission). 
We will accept submissions any time between now and July 24th. Please send your submissions to hmcguirk@cwmars.org or mail them to Sunderland Public Library, 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA 01375. Winners will be announced and notified on August 3rd.

Design Contest

It’s time to get creative again!  Make a Castle (haunted or otherwise), a Fairy House, or a Fairy Garden. You can create a floor plan, plot plan, sketch your design, paint a picture of it, or create it with recycled materials you have at home.  You can work in black and white, full crazy color, or anywhere in between.  Show us your vision! Designs must be submitted by July 24th. Please contact Heather at: hmcguirk@cwmars.org for full details.

Take Home Craft Kits

We have lots of kits you can take home to complete fun crafts. Send us pictures of your completed creations! We’d love to see what you make. Contact the library to reserve your kit. Supplies are limited. You can either pick it up curbside or we will deliver it to your home. Please email director@sunderlandpubliclibrary.org to request a kit.

  • “Stained Glass” Mosaic Sun Catchers: Take home kits to make a unique sun catcher for your window. Since we can’t do the in person project we had planned Leslie of Ways of Color has put together these kits for us. Kits will contain everything you need to complete the project.
  • Fairy Lanterns: Create a magical, sparkling, lantern to light up the night. Your kit will include instructions, a glass jar, tissue papers, glue, fairy silhouettes, and LED candles. You will need your own scissors and paintbrush (but please let us know if you would like us to provide them for you).

Backyard (or Living Room) Camp Out!

Set up a tent in your backyard or roll out a sleeping bag in the living room and join our Y.A. Quarantine Camp-Out!  On the evening of July 18th our YA librarian will be camping out in her yard . Join in through Google Hangouts and show us your campsite, tell or read aloud spooky stories, roast marshmallows and connect with friends.  Hangout will be active from 9 pm – Midnight on 7/18.  Please contact Heather at: hmcguirk@cwmars.org ahead of time for details!

Teen Writer’s Club

Join us once a week in Google Hangouts for an informal chat to share what you’ve been writing and get feedback.  Hear what your friends have been writing and let them know what you think of it! (Tuesdays @ 2pm starting July 6th! contact Heather at: hmcguirk@cwmars.org ahead of time for details.)

Boredom Escape Club

Come to Google Hangouts once a week and share ideas for boredom-busting fun. No one’s been traveling in real life but where have you traveled in books? Have you been sneaking off to Hogwarts? Time traveling back to pioneer days or Medieval Europe? Come and share your bookish adventures with us!  (Thursdays @ 3pm, contact Heather at; hmcguirk@cwmars.org ahead of time for details.)