Teen Summer Reading Program

Teens, how would you like to earn free stuff this summer by doing the sorts of things you already like to do?

What free stuff?

We’re giving away grand prize drawing tickets that get you chances to win Surfin’ Bird gift certificates, Beats by Dre Headphones, artist kits, or a Kindle Fire!

How do you get those tickets?


You read text on a page, or listen to audio books. Read at least two hours a week, mark it off on your game board and bring that game board to the library to get stamped. Once you get a stamp from one of our staff members, you’ll receive a grand prize drawing ticket.

Do you dream about becoming an author like Suzanne Collins or John Green? Perhaps art is your thing and you like drawing pictures of your favorite book characters. Maybe you’ve designed your own faction jewelry because you are a huge fan of the Divergent series, or created an original book trailer of your latest favorite read.

Simply submit your creative work to us and receive a stamp on the creator side of your game board. ONE creative entry may be submitted for one grand prize drawing ticket each week. Completed work may be submitted at the Information Desk beginning June 9.

Creative works must relate to something you have read. If you choose to create a writing piece, like a book review or short story, it must contain at least 200 words. Other creative works (drawings, videos, crafts) must have a written explanation to go with them. What is it? Why did you decide to make this? What book is the project based on? Why is this book important to you?

Attend Programs
You do stuff at the library. You come to our weekly teen programs held every Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 pm. When we see you actively participating in our program, we’ll give you a grand prize drawing ticket. Check the online calendar for special programs.

Do you fall into one or more of the above categories?

You can participate in our summer program by reading, creating, attending programs or a combination of the three. If you have questions, visit us in person, email us at teen@apl.org, or post them to our Facebook page.

More Prizes:

Beginning the third week of the Summer Reading Program, if you’re active in the first two weeks of the program you are eligible to receive a sign-up prize just for participating. A different sign-up prize will be announced on the teen webpage every week. One sign-up prize per person for the duration of the Summer Reading Program. Prizes are not guaranteed and are based on availability.  

The Fine Print:

• The Teen Summer Library Program is open to teens entering 6th grade in the fall, on up to those graduating high school this spring.
• We’re not collecting your information to sell or barrage you with advertisements - we track the numbers of unique individuals involved in our program for our required annual report to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Your personal info doesn’t go to the state - it’s used internally to manage your contest entries and distribute grand prize tickets.
• Homework assignments will not be accepted as entries. We want to share your unique work, not assignments given out to a whole class. Plagiarism (the copying of someone else’s work and submitting it to us as your own) may result in disqualification from the grand prize drawings altogether.
• By submitting your creative work to Appleton Public Library you give us permission to use your artwork.


Funding provided by the Friends of Appleton Library. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made upon request and if feasible.