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Teen Summer Reading Challenge: Challenge Met, but it is STILL ON!

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We asked you guys to collectively read over 500 000 pages and YOU DID IT!  As of this posting we are up to 510 110 pages in total.  You guys totally rock!

So does that mean you should stop reading?  Pffffft, HECK NO!  It is still ON people!


We are still looking for our top reader of the summer AND the more pages you read the more your name goes into the draw for the grand prize, an iPad Mini.  So keep devouring those books (not literally!) and keep reading your favorites and new favorites over the next few weeks.  We’re going until August 30th.

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500 000+ pages.  AMAZING!

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Can You Read Half A Million….Pages?

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GooniesHEY YOU GUUUUUUUUUUUUUUYS! (If you’ve never seen the Goonies before check it out and watch it like now. Trust me. Best. Summer. Movie. EVER!!!!)

Anyways, guess what? No seriously. Guess.


You read that right. The annual “read ‘em till you can’t read no more” bonanza is back and this time it’s better than ever. This year we at VPL (Vaughan Public Libraries) are challenging YOU (the collective you as in all of you) to come together and read 500,000 pages. That’s half a million if my mathematic skills are correct.

But why half a million?

Well, it’s a pretty big number see? It’s got a lot of zeros see? And saying that the Teens of Vaughan read half a million pages in two months is bragging rights for all see? There’s this thing called an iPad Mini that’s up for grabs to one lucky reader see? All worthwhile endeavors.


I thought you’d be.

Alright, hold those horses until I give you all of the particulars about this epic community read-a-thon. Here are some things you need to know:

1. You do not have to read 500,000 pages on your own. The goal is for ALL teens across Vaughan to read a TOTAL of 500,000 pages by the end of the summer (August 30th)

2. For every 100 pages that you read you earn 1 ballot that will go into our iPad draw. Meaning: The more you read the better your chances are of winning!

3. The contest is open for teens 13-18 years old (12 if you’re turning 13 in 2015).

4. Every week you can try your hand at the Guessing the Cover contest for a chance to win a prize pack.

5. In order to win you need to create an account on the contest page and submit your pages throughout the summer. ESP does not count people! We’re librarians, not psychics! Well….we could be psychic librarians…..

And that’s it! Pretty easy peasy super simple no? Excellent. After all these five hundred thousand pages are not going to read themselves you know.

Well then what are you all waiting for? GET READING PEOPLE!
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So long, farewell….

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…and this is the end, there ain’t no more.

For those of you that I’ve known over the past years (and to those of you I’ve never met – either in-person or otherwise), a great goodbye to you!

see you later



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Hey guys,

Sooo, a little bird told me that the Maple Library has a few openings for teens to volunteer in the Tech Savvy (aka. Beyond the Basics) program.  How this program works is that you – the teen – would be matched with an adult learner to meet with one-on-one and teach them how to use various types of social networking and other ‘new’ online activities (such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube).

techLooks good on a resume and is a fun experience – kinda nice having the tables turned and being the teacher instead of the student! =)

Anywho, if you’re interested, please fill out the application and hand it in at Maple Library.

If this program sounds like something you’d be keen on but you don’t live in or near Maple, this program is also run at Dufferin Clark, Bathurst Clark, Pierre Berton, and Woodbridge Library – so go ahead and talk to your your librarian at one of those other locations.

Books here! Get Your Free Audio Books Here!

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 PhotoGet ‘em while they’re hot! All summer long!

Hey you! Yeah you. Wanna free audiobook? Cause I know where you can get ‘em. Lots of them. All of them good. Interested?

Thought so.

It’s easy and like I said, it’s free. The best part about it is that you get to keep the audiobooks for as long as you want. No due date, no fines. Just yours to keep.

Click on this…

AudioFile Presents SYNC: Young Adult Lit For Your Earbuds

 SYNC is a truly invaluable program that releases two audiobooks every week for 14 weeks. Reader’s Theatre is in session all summer long and it is the hottest ticket in town that you don’t have to cough up big bucks to be a part of. Every week one YA and one Classic or School Reading List Recommendation title will go live for you to download to whatever device of your choosing. But they are only available for download for that week so don’t wait until the last minute!

All you have to do is download the OVERDRIVE app onto your device, select the title you want each week, plug in some headphones, and press play. It’s so simple it’s foolproof. You can also sign up for weekly notifications via email so that you won’t miss out on snagging that title that you have always wanted to read.

The selected titles for Week 1 are: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and Rebecca by Daphne Du Mauier

I’ve gone through every sound clip offered and I am impressed with the quality of the formats offered. Engaging voices, gripping stories, background soundtracks; it’s like watching a movie in your mind…but you can hear the voices!

I cannot wait for Week 5 to snag the Dracula (Full Cast) edition. Do you have any idea how awesome this version is? No? Well you’re going to find out!

I’m so excited right now I feel like I’m on Oprah. Jump around people, get excited!!!!!

You get free books! And you get a free book! Everybody gets FREE AUDIOBOOKS!
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