Spark a Reaction

Spark a Reaction

Spark a Reaction is for teens ages 13 to 17. Teens can receive a reading log at the library or can sign up online and earn raffle tickets for hours read. Teens will earn a raffle ticket for every 4 hours read, or every 4 activities completed, up to a maximum of 12 raffle tickets. Activities include:

  • Watch a movie based on a book
  • Attend a library program
  • Make a recipe from a cookbook
  • Visit a local museum
  • Read aloud to another person
  • Listen to an audiobook (1 hour listening = one activity)
  • Attend a poetry slam or reading
  • Play a board game
  • Get a library card
  • Attend a play
  • Tell a friend about the Vacation Reading Program for teens (1 Friend = 1 Activity)
  • Review a book, CD, game or movie and turn it in to your local library
  • Write a poem, short story, play or lyrics
  • Play a video game
  • Write in a diary or journal
  • Like the DeKalb County Public Library Teen Facebook page
  • Visit the DeKalb County Public Library Teen Page

For every 4 boxes filled in, teens will receive a raffle ticket and may earn up to 12 raffle tickets total.

Prizes: Raffle ticket prizes include but are not limited to three Kindle HDs, DragonCon passes or gift cards.

Atlanta Braves Home Run Readers

The Atlanta Braves will again join with Georgia Public Library Service and DeKalb County Public Library to offer the "Home Run Readers" program, which allows children to earn certificates — and free game tickets — by reading and participating in online writing activities. First baseman Freddie Freeman is scheduled to be this year's program ambassador. For more information, please visit their website.

Reading Makes Cent$ College Savings Sweepstakes

The annual Summer Reading Program Sweepstakes, sponsored by Georgia Public Library Service and Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan, will celebrate its fifth year in 2014, with "Fizz, Boom, Save for College." Children across the state who were born in 1998 or after and who participate in the Summer Reading Program at their local library can enter for a chance to win a $5,529 college savings account contribution.

In its first four years, the program has awarded more than $42,000 to winning children and their libraries. Visit your local DeKalb County Public Library for more details.

Atlanta Hawks Check-It-Out Reading Challenge

Co-sponsored by Georgia Public Library Service and the Atlanta Hawks, the Check-It-Out Reading Challenge will celebrate its tenth year with more fun and surprises than ever before. The supplemental Summer Reading program has awarded approximately 80,000 tickets to young readers who have participated so far. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade who sign up for the Vacation Reading Program will receive a Hawks bookmark. Follow the instructions on the bookmark to receive free tickets to a Hawks game.

Sponsors and Partners

2014 Vacation Reading Program partners include the Georgia Public Library Service, DeKalb County School District, City Schools of Decatur, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Braves, Imagine It! the Children's Museum of Atlanta, World of Coca Cola, The Center for Puppetry Arts and Dragon Con 2014.

Thanks to our Sponsors and Partners

The Vacation Reading Program is supported in whole or in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, as administered by Georgia Public Library Service.

The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) art/graphics are copyrighted by Upstart for exclusive use by CSLP members and are used by permission. Copying or reproducing these CSLP art/graphics in any way by non-CSLP members is prohibited.

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The Teen Vacation Reading Program has ended. Thanks for participating! Check back next year for more summer reading.