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Summer Reading for High School Students: Access to books for summer

Enjoy a good book this summer.

Summer Checkout

In order to participate in the Concordia Summer Checkout:

  • Student is returning for the 2021-2022 school year at Concordia
  • All family members library accounts must be cleared of their 2020-2021 items
  • Each student must have a completed Summer Checkout Form signed by a parent

All students who have met the above criteria will be able to checkout:


 Checkout limit

PS, PK, Kindergarten


Grade 1


Grade 2


Grade 3


Grade 4


Grades 5 and above


Summer checkout will take place:

  • Thursday, June 10 – Thursday, June 17 in the Phoenix Library.
  • Tuesday, June 15 - Friday, June 18 in the EC/ES Library.

Click and Collect will be available for parents to request books over the summer.   Starting June 21, Click and Collect books will be available at the Huangyang Gate between 10 -11am, Monday-Friday.


For middle and high school students, your login is the front part of your email like ann2024999.  Your password is your student identification number like 2024999.

For parents, your login and your password is your parent identification number like 2016999P1 which can be found in Aspen.

For teachers, your login is the front part of your email like johh.keating.  Your password is your teacher identification number  like 2015999 which can be found in Aspen.

Summer Reading Suggestions

 The MENSA Excellence in reading competition.  Any student who reads all of the books and submits the form is eligible for a certificate of achievement and a t-shirt from MENSA.

New York Times Summer Reading Contest


Digital Illustration Of Row Of Books On Bookshelf.Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest.Web. 13 May 2013.

Here’s how it works:

"What interested you most in The Times this week? Why?" Students who are 13 to 19 years old from anywhere in the world can answer these questions to join the contest. It runs every week from 10 June to 19 August to encourage teenagers to start building a news-reading habit. More details here.

Every Friday beginning June 10, the NY Times will publish a Student Opinion question asking the same two questions: What interested you most in The Times this week? Why?

Anyone 13 to 19 years old from anywhere in the world can post an answer any week until Friday, Aug. 19, and contestants can choose from any Times article, essay, video, interactive or photograph published in 2019-2020, on any topic they like.

In 2013, our own Alec Richards was chosen as a winner.


The Alice Network
All American Boys
All the Light We Cannot See
Ask Again, Yes
Beneath a Scarlet Sky
Between the World and Me
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood
The Catcher in the Rye
Darius the Great Is Not Okay
The Dutch House
Far from the Tree
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager
Field Notes on Love
The Fountains of Silence
Frankly in Love

Value of Summer Reading

The Importance of Successful Reading Experiences, from New York State Education Department
In their studies of children’s reading development, McGill-Franzen and Allington (2003), cite the importance of extensive, successful reading experiences in the development of reading proficiency.  If children have the opportunity to listen to, discuss, and read books on topics that they select, they will develop extensive background information which can serve as a platform from which to engage in their own independent reading.  ... According to Cunningham and Stanovich (1998), the key predictors of positive reading development are success when learning to read and numerous opportunities and experiences with reading.  Children who enjoy reading will read more and become proficient at the same time.  A report from the National Institute of Education (1988) concluded that, “…the amount of reading done out of school is consistently related to gains in reading achievement.”

Open Book. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 20 May 2013.