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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 Library Virtual Summer Reading Program: June 1-August 8, 2020
The Sewickley Public Library invites you to join their Virtual Summer Reading programs for all ages. Between June 1 - August 8, participants can log reads, attend programs, and complete fun activities and challenges - all from a computer, tablet, or phone. The more you read, the more chances you have at winning weekly or grand prizes. Use the tools in our online tracking program, Beanstack, to help you and your family discover books, keep track of your reading, and reach reading goals. You can download the Beanstack app to make logging your reads even easier. To keep you entertained all summer long, we’re also featuring online programs, games, and quizzes. The library’s online Event Calendar has the complete list of all the fun activities for patrons of all ages! Visit to sign-up.

Normal Summer Reading Programs

(may not be available in summer 2020 - please contact the library)

  • Children's Summer Reading programs
    • Bouncing Babies - birth to 2 Years
    • Musicians Reading Together - for listeners and beginning readers
    • Rock'n Readers - for readers through entering 5th grade
  • Teen Summer Reading - Grades 6-12 in the fall
  • Adult Summer Reading - Ages 18-up
Sewickley Area Libraries (SAL) Suggested Reading

SAL - the school and public libraries of Quaker Valley, Sewickley Academy, St. James Parochial, Sewickley Public Library, and Penguin Bookshop - provided suggested summer reading lists for middle and high school students.