Finish 5

Summer Reading News @theLibrary

Finish 5

  • ice cream cones?
  • bike rides?
  • movies?
  • art projects?

Yes! And, finish 5 books this summer. Books that are just right for you -- not too hard and not too easy!

Important News from the Library for Students

  • When are library books due? All books due by June 10! Finish those books and get them turned in!

  • Can I check out books? We will not check out books from June 10-13. Summer check out starts Friday, June 14. See below.

  • Do I have any library fines? Fines are connected to lost and damaged books. Log in to the Shuksan catalog and look at "my info" to see what books you have checked out and if you have fines.

  • What happens if I don't pay my fine? Fines will keep you from getting your yearbook. Make sure to clear your fines with the library before June 10.

  • My teacher says I have to Finish 5 books this Summer. Why should I? Students can gain 1 month or lose 2 months of Reading Skillz over the Summer. It depends on how much they read. We want you to start strong in the Fall. Fight of Summer Slide by Finishing 5. Finish 5 books this summer.

  • Gr6 and Gr7 students with signed permission slips and 0 overdue books/fines can check out 5 books from the SMS library. Summer check out will start on Friday, June 14. The Bellingham Public Library is also a great spot for getting amazing books. You can also use Libby on your phone or personal tablet.
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By the Numbers

7 Ways to Prevent Summer Slide: read here

10 Ways to Encourage Your High School Student to Read : go here

9 Ways to Get Teens Reading: peruse here

5 Ways to Motivate Older Kids w/o Punishment or Fear: believe it here

13 Fun Ways to Turn Your Reluctant Reader into a Book Lover : head here


Lexile Scores can help students find books that are just right. Students learned their Lexile Scores when they finished MAP testing.

Here is a great resource from about how to support reading at home

This is a way for readers to find books that fit within their Lexile range

All is all, we want students to read what they love. We want them building stamina and strength, too. We know that reading books that are way below their Lexile won’t help them “muscle up.” Reading 0 books? No good!

Ear Reading

Here are some great recommendations and sources for audio books!
  • Libby at the Bellingham Public Library is loaded with great audio (and digital) books
  • Top 10 Amazing Audio Books for Teens
  • Odyssey Award Winners
  • Audie Award Winners

Summer Reading Challenges

Are there reading challenges I can join?

  • Teen Video Challenge: The challenge is for teens to create a public services announcement-type video that shows their unique interpretation of the 2019 CSLP slogan “A Universe of Stories”. Videos are to be no longer than 60 seconds and should promote libraries and reading.Videos will be accepted June 1 through August 2, 2019. $200 Cash Prize

  • Book Club for Teens: Here is a great article about how to start up a book club for and with teens.

  • List Challenges: Wow! So many challenges all in list form. Join challenges or make your own list!