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It's hard to believe but summer is over...and that means Youth Read is too. We'd love to hear what you thought about the challenges, website, and prizes so that we can make it even better next year! Please take a few minutes and give us:

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Youth Read is finished, but the fun doesn't have to end - you can still show us your creative side with Teens Create, tell us what you're reading for our Teen Picks list, and keep an eye on the Teen Zone Blog for future challenges and contests.

Week 1: Easy Does It

Summer is finally here, and that means it’s time for Youth Read!

We'll give you a choice of challenges each week — all you have to do is complete one or more. Let’s start things off easy in case your brain is still fried from finishing assignments or exams…

zelda opening

Challenge 1: Opening Lines

“There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.” That’s the first line of The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman, and it gives me shivers every time. What’s your favourite opening line? It can be from a book, movie, or even a game (geek points to you if you recognized the pic as the first line from the original, 8-bit Legend of Zelda).

Challenge 2: Summer Reading List

So many books, so little time! Make a list of the ten (or more!) books you can’t wait to read this summer.

Challenge 3: Read!

This one’s easy – all you have to do is read, whatever you want, wherever you want – we won’t judge. If you need some suggestions, check out our booklists or see what everyone else is reading this summer. Just let us know that you read for at least 5 hours and you’ll be entered in the draw.
If you choose this as your option, just select "Read" as your challenge when you're in the "submit a challenge" part of the site.

blue ribbonChallenge 4: George Speaks

Bonus Prize Challenge! Everyone who completes "George Speaks" this week will be entered in a bonus draw for a $50 mall gift card.

We know that you love books and want to share your favourites, and that’s what this challenge is all about. Visit one of our 18 library branches and tell the world about a book you adore – with a little help from George, the Youth Read unicorn. Print out this pdf file of George ready to shout your message, then cut out the bookmarks and follow the instructions. Once you’re done, take a picture of the book on the shelf at the library and submit it as proof.
Note: cardstock will work best, and your library branch will also have the bookmarks available if you can't print them at home.

When you're ready, submit your challenges using the link at the side or click here.