High schoolers, you can just read for an hour to mark off each spot on your Summer Reading challenge cards. But there are a lot of cool other things you can do, too! Optional challenges are below. If you choose any of the creation challenges from the first list below, share your stuff for a chance to win $100 collage gift certificate! You can email a file to Summer Reading Coordinator Seana Lane or post on Twitter or Instagram and tag with #MultCoLibTeen (if your profile is set to public — if it’s not, just send via email).
Need challenge cards? Stop by any library between June 16 and August 31 to get yours! Just keep track of the hours you read and challenges you complete until you get your cards, then transfer them to the first challenge card.
Share your creation for a chance to win $100 collage certificate (see above)
- Create an alternative book cover for the last book you read.
- Write and perform a rap inspired by one of your favorite books.
- Write fanfiction and share it — think about a book you wish hadn't ended, and create the next chapter.
- Make a zine or blog post listing resources for at-risk teens in your community facing challenges: homelessness, LGBTQ+, bullying, abusive relationships, eating disorders, immigration, scholarship needs.
- Instagram a video book review and share with your friends (and enter in the contest above).
- Create art inspired by a book — a comic strip or graphic novel version, draw a character as you see them, or paint a landscape described.
- Find a recipe from a different culture than yours, and make it for your family or friends. Take a picture of your feast.
- Volunteer in your community (maybe even at your library!) Or try VolunteerMatch or Hands On Greater Portland for opportunities.
- Send a letter or an email to an elected representative about an issue you are passionate about.
- Spend time with kids younger than you — read to them, play with them, talk with them.
- Teach a new technology to an adult -- Twitter, Instagram, streaming music
- Attend a teen maker program at your library or at Rockwood Makerspace.
- Use the chat feature on the library's website to ask something you can't find out from Google.
- Make a booklist. Create a theme (strong female characters, alternative reality, vampire fiction) and post to GoodReads or the library’s site.
- Write a book review on the library’s (or any other) site.
Explore, try and learn stuff
- Learn or practice a language through Mango Connect languages on the library's website.
- Watch a video to learn a new skill — cooking, changing a tire, making a tie dye shirt, origami, rapping, mixing music.
- Stream some world music through the library's Hoopla app or check out a CD.
- Download Zinio, the library's magazine app, and flip through different magazines. What would you like to see in Zinio? (You can always suggest a purchase through the library website!)
- Find news or opinion sources from the opposing side of an issue you are passionate about. Talk with friends or family, or write a blog post, about what you learned — or didn't.
- Go to ted.com/talks to understand more about world issues.
- Try our new database Lynda.com to teach yourself a creative or technology skill.
- Use the library's genealogy tools to start learning about your family tree.
Read different stuff
- Read a biography about someone who beat the odds or changed the world.
- Read a different genre of book than you normally do: graphic novel, nonfiction, historical fiction, science fiction, realistic fiction.
- Read a book with a main character from a different culture or ethnic background than yours — here are a couple of lists:
- Read a book that won an award in the last 5 years.
- Read a book translated from another language.
- You saw the movie. Now read the book.
- You read the book. Now see the movie.
- Read a nonfiction graphic novel.
- Read a book set in another country.
- Read a book set in Oregon.