Teens entering grades 6-12 are invited to join the Gold Coast Public Library Summer Reading Program, Unmask The Superhero in Yourself! Teens receive prizes for every book review they submit, including generously donated McDonald’s or Glen Head’s Twisted Frozen Yogurt coupons, a themed bookmark, pin, earbud holder, hackeysack, stylus pen, water bottle, and backpack. In addition to these prizes, we are raffling off a gift card to Barnes and Noble each week to someone who submitted a review within that week.
We are trying to break last year’s record, so we’re instituting a referral contest beginning Monday, July 13th. Each week, the person who brings in the most grade 6-12 friends who haven’t yet signed up for our summer reading program will win a free book of their choice from our collection of new books. At the end of the summer, the person who brought in the most referrals overall will win a free haircut, generously donated by Sleek Hair Design in Glen Head. As long as supplies last, we have Gold Coast Public Library Summer Reading T-Shirts and Tote Bags for our winners, as well.
Also new this year is the Teen Entrepreneurial Academy, which pairs established professionals in the Glen Head area with teens to teach them entrepreneurship skills, with the hope that the teens will be able to start their own businesses while in high school, in order to pay for college. Trainers include Nassau County Community College Educator Gina Sipley, who taught our program “App Design,” and Cathy Elorriaga, of Glen Head’s Northwordnews.com, who taught “Making a Website with Weebly.” Last night’s program was “Mobile App Development-Part 1,” taught by the creator of the new Library app, Michael Berse, who will return on July 16th to teach Part 2, where teens will design their own Android apps. Other programs in the series include “Finding Your Inspiration,” on August 20th, taught by Maryann Massari of Glen Head’s Purple Table; and “Becoming a Full-Time Author,” on September 10th by best-selling Children’s and Young Adult Author, Jen Calonita, who lives here on Long Island. And for teens looking for community service, they can join our Gold Coast Memories Project on July 30th and August 6th.
We have many other programs happening this summer, including a babysitting training session on July 11th, a leather keychain craft on July 23rd, and an ACT/SAT Combo Practice Test on August 15th.
All in all, the Gold Coast Public Library is hosting amazing programs for teens this summer, and we’re doing it with the full support of the local business community, who have either donated products, services, or their knowledge and time to enrich the lives of the teens in our area. Thank you!