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The Force is Strong at Your Library Young Adult Summer Reading Program 2017

Policies, Points, and Prizes | Team Names
Sign Up Programs and Friday Crafts| Service Project

Policies, Points, & Prizes

1. General registration for the 2017 YA Summer Reading Program begins Monday, May 15, 2017 at all Burke County Public Library locations.

2. This program is exclusively for rising middle, middle, and high school students. Students must have a valid library card.

3. Upon SRP Registration, in order to keep the teams balanced, the participant will randomly DRAW for their team at the circulation desk of their library. Once they have been assigned a team, changes will not be permitted. (Just because you may not be on your best friend’s team, does not mean you cannot participate in programs together!) You will earn points for your team during the summer through reading and reviewing books, program participation, and contributing to the service project.

4. Points and Prizes: (You must be present at the Prize Night at Catawba Meadows Park on Thursday, July 27 in order to receive prizes, no exceptions.)

a)Participants from the team with the most points at the end of the Summer Reading Program will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 cash prize.

b) For every book read and reviewed accurately* on a critique sheet, you receive points for your team. *A minimum of two complete sentences must be written for each book read . For every 6 books read and critiqued, you are put into a drawing for a PS4 gaming system and an Amazon Fire HD given away at the Prize Night on Thursday, July 27th at 6pm.

c) Points will be given to your team for every program you attend during the summer. You must sign in at all programs in order to get credit for participation. If you attend at least 7 of the programs, you will be entered to win a $100 cash prize.

d) Points will be awarded to your team each time you donate to our Community Service Project throughout the SRP; details at each library.

e) Failure to notify Young Adult Staff 24 hours before an absence to a sign-up program will result in a loss of 100 points for your team.

f) Various opportunities throughout the SRP will enable you to earn extra team points (See description of each program).

5. Sign-up Programs: articipants may register for ONE sign-up program at Opening Night on June 12.

Opening Night and Sign-Up Programs

YA SRP participants may register for ONE sign-up program only.

Participants (not a family member or friend) will draw a random lottery number beginning at 5:30pm Opening Night, Monday, June 12 at the Pavilion Skate Rink.

Once the number drawing closes, registration for Sign-Up Programs will begin.
Small groups will be called in numerical order to the registration tables.

Participants must present his/her number prior to registering.
If he/she loses their number, he/she must wait until "open" registration.

If a participant does not show at the time his/her number is called, he/she misses their opportunity to register until all other numbers have been called.

If a desired program is FULL, the participant may choose another program or be put on a waiting list.
Participants may only sign up for one program, even if it is a waiting list spot.

Once all numbers have been called and extra spaces are available, there will be an OPEN registration.

If a FEE is required, it must be paid at registration and is Non-Refundable. Checks and Cash accepted, no credit/debit cards.

Registration for a FREE movie ticket to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on Tuesday, June 13 at the Marquee will also be held at Opening Night. Time of movie TBD.

Friday Crafts

Craft programs will be limited to 30 participants unless specified otherwise.

Participants may arrive up to 30 minutes prior to the craft program to receive an "Admission Ticket".

Once 30 tickets have been disbursed, the program will be "CLOSED".

Participants will give the YA SRP Staff their ticket upon signing in at the start of the program.

Parents should be sure teens get a space in the program prior to leaving them at the library unless they have permission to stay.

Team Names





Failure to notify Young Adult Staff 24 hours before an absence
to a sign-up program will result in a loss of 100 points for your team.

For more information concerning the Young Adult Summer Reading Program or any other Young Adult events at the library contact Margaret Ruark at 764-9260 or email to

There will be no programs
July 3-8.

Service Project

Pregnancy Care Center of Burke County

Collecting NEW baby shower items!!

Diapers, wipes, pacifiers, baby blankets, baby bath essentials, bottles, utensils, clothes, socks, etc.

10 points for your team for every item you donate during SRP.

Download the Summer Reading Program Flyer

Upcoming YA Events

eBooks, eAudio-books, and more!

Need Homework Help? Looking for something fun to do online?

Check out the
Teens Online Resources Page!

YAAB June Meetings

Monday, June 5 - 6pm at MPL
Tuesday, June 6 - 6pm at VPL

NCSLMA Battle of the Books
Booklist 2017-2018

Click to download the NCSLMA Battle of the Books Booklist 2017-2018

Note: All books are available through the library (catalog link coming soon), and many are available as eBooks through Overdrive!

OneClick Audio Books from NC Live and Recorded Books!