2019 Teen Summer Reading Program

The San Juan Island Library’s Teen Summer Reading Program begins Thursday, June 13.  Students who’ve completed 6th through 12th grades are eligible to participate.

There is no registration required, just pick up our A Universe of Stories Galactic Reading Ticket and start reading. Each time you read 3 books, fill out the ticket and submit it to the library for a free book.

Your entry form is then entered into our raffle drawings for movie pass prizes. You may enter as often as you like until the program ends on Saturday, August 3.

There are four special teen Thursday afternoon events planned. All events are free, but the VR afternoons do require prior registration and are restricted to 13 years and older.

Oculus Virtual Reality for Teens

Virtual Reality is coming to the Library in July.  We have 3 afternoons available for you to try the Oculus Rift.  You must be 13 to use the equipment and have a permission form signed by a parent or guardian.

Take a spacewalk at the ISS or explore inside a spaceship with a friendly robot!

To register starting June 13, just download the parental permission form here or pick one up at the Library. Bring the completed parental permission form to the Library to finish your registration. Space is limited for these special teen VR events so act now to get on board for an out of this world experience.

Available VR Dates*


Thursday, July 11, 3 to 5 pm

Thursday, July 18, 3 to 5 pm

Thursday, July 25, 3 to 5 pm

* Registration required with a completed parental permission form.

DIY Galactic T-Shirts

Thursday, June  27 at 2:30—3:30 pm in the library parking lot.

T-shirts & paint provided.

Teen Karaoke Night!

It’s a teen space odyssey karaoke night.  Lots of songs available to perform in space!  Sing in a group, duets or solo.  It’s going to be a blast!


Light refreshments provided courtesy of the Friends of the San Juan Island Library.

Community One Read: October Sky by Homer Hickam

Starting June 13, 2019 free paperback copies are available on a first-come first-serve basis. Pick your copy up at the Library front desk. One per patron or family, please. Sponsored by the San Juan Island Library Adult and Youth Services.

The Film, October Sky
Saturday, July 27 at 7 PM

Party and Book Discussion
Saturday, Aug. 3 at 7 PM

Read the Memoir, Watch the Movie and Dare to Dream!

It was 1957, the year Sputnik raced across the Appalachian sky, and the small town of Coalwood, West Virginia, was slowly dying. Faced with an uncertain future, Sonny Hickam (aka Homer Hickam, Jr.) nurtured a dream: to learn how to build a rocket so he could work in the space business.

The introspective son of Homer Hickam, the mine superintendent, and Elsie Lavender Hickam, a woman determined to get her sons out of Coalwood forever, Sonny gathered in five other boys and convinced them to help him.

Along the way, the boys learn not only how to turn scraps of metal into sophisticated rockets but manage to give the people of Coalwood hope that the future will be brighter, at least for their children.

As Sonny’s parents fight in different ways to save their sons, and the people of Coalwood come together to help their Rocket Boys, Sonny and the Big Creek Missile Agency light up the sky with their flaming projectiles and dreams of glory.

Special thanks to The Friends of the San Juan Island Library for financially supporting the entire Summer Reading Program.  Due to their generosity and commitment, the Summer Reading Program is free for all children and families.