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Summer 2021 Reading Opportunities & Resources

Summer Library Checkout

The Catherine Cook Library will be open 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. for Checkout on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, June 23
  • Thursday, July 15
  • Wednesday, August 4

Students may visit the Cook Library accompanied by an adult and check out up to 10 books! Social distancing and mask wearing will be in effect for all visitors. 

Sora Student Reading App:

On Sora, you’ll find a small collection of Cook Library ebooks. Plus, you can link Sora to your Public Library account to read their collection of ebooks, too!

To learn how to login to Sora, please follow these steps:

  • Preschool - 2nd Grade
  • 3rd - 8th Grade
    • Watch this video for instructions
    • Username: Your Cook Google account
    • Password: Your Cook student password

Click here to access the Sora Student Reading App

Summer DEI/SEL Family Book Club

This summer the Library and our DEI/SEL teams are partnering together to invite you to participate in the Summer DEI/SEL Family Book Club!

This asynchronous Book Club is open to readers and families across all grade levels. Every reader has a choice in which book(s) to read. Family members are encouraged to engage in conversations about the books which center diversity, equity, and inclusion themes as well as social-emotional learning by reflecting upon a short series of questions about the book(s) as will be provided in an interactive Pear Deck

Click here for more information about the Summer DEI/SEL Family Book Club, including book titles and how to participate! 

Chicago Public Library Summer Learning Challenge 2021

Students can join the Summer Learning Challenge 2021 later this summer. CPL will offer virtual events, including STEAM activities, music performances and story times, as well as grab-and-go activity kits and new books to keep kids' brains active.

Looking for Some Reading Recommendations?

From the Catherine Cook Librarians:

From some of your librarians’ favorite publications:

Middle School

Unlike in years past, there is no Reading Log requirement for Middle School students this summer. Instead, your librarians will send every incoming MS student a Summer Reading Survey at the end of the summer to learn more about what your student has read this summer. This information will be shared with Humanities teachers. 

We hope to see our Middle School students participate in the DEI/SEL Family Book Club!

Please reach out to Mr. Gall and Ms. Altmayer with any questions: library@ccookschool.org