QVSD Summer Reading
The mission of the Quaker Valley School District is to engage and inspire the hearts and minds of every learner every day. It is our shared vision to become a thriving community of learners in an environment that embraces a culture of thinking. Within this culture of thinking, reading is expected, valued and celebrated.
During the school year, our curriculum provides opportunities for students to build their critical reading skills and develop an appreciation for reading. Summer is a time for students to continue to build upon that foundation. Whether students are reading a book, magazine, newspaper, or graphic novel, research shows that leisure reading can contribute to many important practices such as supporting reading comprehension, increasing vocabulary development, and creating self-confidence and positive attitudes towards reading.
Allowing children and young adults to select their own reading material is an effective way to encourage reading, especially in the summer months. Therefore, our approach to summer reading supports student choice and opportunities for students to engage in meaningful discussions with their peers. We encourage parents and students to use the resources provided below to explore different ways to participate in reading activities during the summer months.
Sewickley Public Library
The Sewickley Public Library offers the following summer reading programs for students in grades K-12:
Sewickley Public Library Summer Reading Programs
for independent readers entering grades K-5
In this program readers earn a "Book Buck " for every hour they read. “Book Bucks” can be redeemed at the Construction Zone store (at the Sewickley Public Library) or entered in weekly raffles. Students may register online or at the Sewickley Public Library. The library also offers additional reading programs during the summer.
Teen Summer Reading
for students entering grades 6-12
In this program, readers can join and log their minutes of reading using any mobile device. Students are eligible for prizes and can participate in discussions with other teens about what they have been reading. Additionally, the public library can provide suggestions and resources for reading selections. Parents and educators can also view and track progress and celebrate the results of summer reading.
Sewickley Area Libraries (SAL)
SAL - Sewickley Area Libraries
SAL -the school and public libraries of Quaker Valley, Sewickley Academy, St. James Parochial, Sewickley Public Library, and Penguin Bookshop
Additional Summer Reading Resources
Children: Grades Pre K - 5
Young Adult / Adult: Grades 6 - Adult