TD Summer Reading Club–for Teens!

2016_Teen_TDSummerReadingClub_500px (1)You are probably familiar by now with our super-fun TD Summer Reading Club. It happens every summer, encouraging children and families to read for pleasure, and offering fun activities at the library happening all summer long (including the ever-popular candy jar guessing game).

This year, we’ve added a tween and teen component, for young people who feel like they are ready for something a little bit different. TD Summer Reading Club Teens gives young adults the chance to experience leisure and culture (like reading, exploring their city, or listening to music) through a series of fun challenges on a game card. Each time five challenges are achieved (à la BINGO!), they are entered to win a prize at the end of the summer. Prizes are teen-suggested with the help of our Teen Advisory Group, but if teens participate in the Summer Reading Club, they have the chance to make their own suggestions as to what sort of gift card they’d like to win. Last but certainly not least, teens can still submit their guesses to win the jar of candy!

Come see us at the library, or check out our teen programs page here for more information or to join the club, open to anyone between the ages of 12 and 17.

Hope to see you soon!


Awesome Picture Book: Wendell the Narwhal by Emily Dove

wendellWendell the Narwhal, a picture book by Emily Dove, centers on an adorable little narwhal who just wants to make music. He loves the music of the sea, but he has one little problem: all the other creatures around him can make beautiful sounds, but he can only manage “wobbles”, “swishes” and “boings”. What is a poor narwhal do to? The story that Emily Dove creates from there is a wonderfully readable and shareable picture book that will have you and the children you read it with making silly sea-music noises.

I used this picture book in one of my Sunday Storytimes, and it was a real delight. The illustrations are bright and vibrant, and Wendell’s little narwhal face is quite emotive.wendell jellies His love of music and his inability to contribute to the chorus of the ocean drives him into a jealous rage, and his bashful blushing turns into the scowling red of rage. This is a fun read-aloud that invites children’s participation. It can get as noisy as you want, with a series of “pop, woosh, wub and tweedly dee” noises, which can absolutely be the best part. Each page invites the readers to add their own voices to the shared music.

The story is not only fun to read aloud, it is delightfully bright and very well-designed to look at. The joy on the faces of the sea animals, from the clams to the puffer fish, the whale to the jellyfish, is palpable, and so is Wendell’s growing jealousy. When he finally finds out how he can contribute, the happiness felt by all is evident in each corner of the illustration. Who knew a simple black-line smile could convey so much happiness?

wendell 2A great picture book is one that lets you peek into a new world all the while making you look at this one a little differently. This book is all about treasuring what makes you unique, even if that means it makes you a little different. Wendell can’t make the same noises the other animals can, but what he has to offer is something special, and embracing that individuality is what makes the whole group better.

Happy reading!