Summer Reading and Library Hours

Summer is bringing two things we are so excited about: the SJNCS library re-opening and summer reading!

With all the strangeness of the last semester, it is the perfect time to make some adjustments to our traditional summer reading. This year, summer reading won’t be something you have to get through; it’ll be something you chose and then, we celebrate together!

Ms. Nygard has enlisted the help of the teachers and staff of SJNCS. She asked every single teacher to chose a book they were excited about reading this summer. And now we invite each student to join in with what our teachers are reading!

Each student can pick (at least!) one book from this list complied by the teachers and read it over the summer. At the beginning of the school year, Ms. Nygard will match up students and teachers who read the same book and the teachers will lead celebrations of what they read. Our teachers have chosen a truly amazing mix of stories: re-told fairy tales, adventurous quests, thrilling mysteries, new releases, and old favorites. They have chosen picture books and chapter books, the first books in several series, and books in verse. They are so excited to read this summer! Will you join them?

The full list of books can be found at

Most of the books on the list are available to be checked out from the SJNCS library! For the first time ever, the library will be open this summer, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

The books are also available through the Knox County Public Library (which is open as well!). Your student can read the book by him/herself, listen to an audiobook, read with you, or listen to you read it. Try a different book for each approach! While we hope that each student will read at least one book, we are also hoping that everyone reads more than that.

In addition to these fun summer reads, all incoming seventh and eighth graders will need to complete required reading. Seventh graders will read ”Chains” by Laurie Halse Anderson, and eighth graders will read ”The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak.

We will be following the diocese’s safety and sanitary guidelines for both books and people in the library, and we are looking forward to seeing you again this summer! Come in, and we can find books each student will love!

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