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What grade do I need to be in to participate in Teen Summer Reading?

Students rising to grades 7-12 and recent high school graduates are eligible to participate in O'Neal Library's Teen Summer Reading program.  

Can I participate in more than one Summer Challenge (Reading, Challenge Yourself, Creativity Contest)? 

ABSOLUTELY! You can even participate in all three simultaneously! Each challenge offers different prizes.  

How do I register for Teen Summer Reading? 

All our Teen Summer Challenges will be available for registration on Sunday, May 21. Go to the O'Neal Library Beanstack Site and sign in or create an account. Once you are logged into Beanstack, go to the "Challenges" tab to finalize your registration.  

Will I get extra credit in school for participating in ONL’s Teen Summer Reading? 

No, the O’Neal Library’s Teen Summer Reading cannot reward extra school credit for participation. 

However, you can enter your required reading books into Beanstack for a chance to win a prize in the Reading Challenge!

Will there be in-person library programs for teens this summer?  

Yes! Programs for teens will be on Mondays and Fridays in June and July. Check the Teen Events Calendar for summer fun! Registration for summer fun and service work will begin on May 21.

Do I have to register for the teen programs to participate? 

It depends on the program, but registrations help the librarians better prepare for programs and maximize on the fun.

Does the O'Neal Library offer any volunteer opportunities for teens? 

We are so glad you asked! The O'Neal Library will be introducing a weekly Teen Service program series where you can earn volunteer hours by participating in the program while helping local communities. Examples of programs: a park clean up with librarians, Reading with kids at the library, making pet toys for the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. Visit the Teen's Homepage and fill out an application for the Teen Advisory Board. We meet once a month (virtually and in-person) for an hour to discuss what YOU want to see and experience at your library. 

Have more questions? Email young adult librarians Michelle Cheng and Gracie Roth at!