About Summer Reading

Welcome to the St. Mary’s College Library Summer Reading blog. The 2021 program will run from June 1 – August 20. Read books. Win prizes.

The Summer Reading program is sponsored by the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Library, Archives & Media Center. It is open to all members of the St. Mary’s College community including students, staff, faculty & alumni and residents of St. Mary’s, Calvert and Charles counties. You may read anything you like as long as a copy is available at the St. Mary’s College Library, Archives & Media Center (SMCM), Southern Maryland Libraries (COSMOS) or via USMAI. You don’t need to check the book out of the library. To get points you must post a review on the blog.

Note: If you work for St. Mary’s College your One Card is your library card.

The Rules:

  1. Select a book available from St. Mary’s College, COSMOS or USMAI. The book may be fiction, non-fiction or a genre work, the choice is up to you.
  2. Read the book(s) between June 1 and August 20.
  3. Post a review to the SMCM Summer Reading Blog. Your review can be as short as a few sentences or as long as you want. Each review is worth 1 point. [See sample reviews.]
  4. Complete a reading challenge and earn an additional half (.5) point.
  5. No special registration is required. Your first review will serve as your registration.
  6. The more books you review the more prizes you can win.

The Prizes: (2021)

  1. Earn one point and win a book mark.
  2. Earn three points and win a sticker/bumper-sticker or a refrigerator magnet.
  3. Earn five points and win a book.
  4. Earn seven points and win a tote bag and a mug or water bottle or a book + sticker.
  5. Earn 10 points and win a bag of library swag.
  6. Monthly prize drawings.
  7. Grand Prize drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card (1).  Open to participants who earn at least 5 points.

Optional Reading Lists
You may read anything you like as long as it is available from the SMCM, COSMOS or USMAI catalogs, but we thought we’d include some suggestions.

Please contact Pamela Mann

The SMCM Library Reading Circle is modeled after the Community of Readers at the Chapman University Leatherby Libraries.

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