Since 2000, we’ve been running a summer reading program, in cooperation with the Berwyn and Cicero public libraries. AND BACK FOR ITS SECOND YEAR: WRITE-TO-RIDE!
It’s simple. For every book a 6- to-15-year-old reads over the summer, they can fill out a raffle ticket. So, the more books they read, the more raffle tickets they get! At the end of the summer, we hold a big party to draw 20 winners from the pile of tickets. Those 20 lucky readers each win a new bike and helmet. We call the bike recipients “lucky winners” because by reading books over the summer, they are all winners. Read-to-Ride 2016 was a huge success, with over 8,000 books read by participants!
This program is a short-story contest for 7th- and 8th-graders! To qualify, you must be going into 7th, 8th, 9th grade in the fall.
The task: Write an original piece of fiction, no more than 4,000 words. (one entry per kid). For more details, find instructions at the laundromat or the libraries. The first prize is a bike, the second and third prizes are gift cards to an awesome bookstore.
Write-to-Ride had a great second year and it was a pleasure to read all those creative stories.