Shazam! Summer of the Superhero: Teen Summer Reading 2011

The City Library's Teen Summer Reading Program, The Summer of the Superhero, takes place June 2–August 12, 2011

POW! WHAM! SHAZAM! The City Library ushers in the Summer of the Superhero with their Teen Summer Reading program for 2011. With superhero-themed events throughout the summer and great prizes for reading, the Summer of the Superhero is sure to be a blast.

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Teens are encouraged to participate in the reading program by picking up a punch card at any City Library location. To earn a punch, teens must write a review of a book, magazine, movie, or CD they've checked out from The City Library. Reviews may be submitted using the written review form at all City Library locations or by writing the review on the Wall of The City Library's Facebook page (

Click here to download a printable PDF of the Teen Review Form.

For every review submitted, teens will receive a punch on their punch card and a small treat. 5 punches earns a button, and 10 punches are rewarded with a free book or $5 gift certificate to Jamba Juice or Starbucks. Plus, all completed punch cards will be entered into an end-of-the-summer drawing for 2 tickets to Lagoon, Skullcandy headphones, or a Matched book personalized by author Ally Condie. KA-POW!


Pride Month, Activate!
Thursday, June 2 · 4:00-6:00 p.m. · Main Library, Canteena

In celebration of Pride Month, The City Library will host a discussion about what it means to identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, or as an ally to the LGBTQ community. This event will include a look at how the media depicts the LGBTQ community and other fun activities. For more information, contact Jessie Lutzker:

Paint Your Powers with Henna Tattoos
Wednesday, June 8 · 4:00-5:00 p.m. · Day-Riverside Branch

All good superheroes know that self-expression starts with make-up, body-paint, and tattoos. Let your body be a canvas to express your unique superpower! A henna tattoo artist will paint a one-of-a-kind temporary piece on you for free. Only for superheroes ages 13-18.

Thor's Salute to the Summer Solstice
Tuesday, June 21 · 4:00-5:00 p.m. · Chapman Branch

Take it from Thor, the hammer-brandishing Norse god: Summer Solstice is the perfect time to celebrate growth, fertility, and healing. Join The City Library for this celebration of ancient beliefs and Scandinavian tradition, including Norse paganism and Viking helmets. Make a homemade planter to take home and grow your own bountiful harvest.

Harry and the Potters: The Boy Wizard Returns
Wednesday, June 29 · 7:00 p.m. · Library Square Amphitheater

The widely popular Potter-themed indie punk band, Harry and the Potters, returns to Salt Lake City as part of their nationwide summer tour. Kick off the mania two weeks before the final movie arrives in theaters. Muggles using TRAX to attend are encouraged to exercise caution around the trains.

Wonder Woman's Magical Bracelets
Thursday, July 7 · 4:00-5:00 p.m. · Chapman Branch

Although these homemade bracelets won't deflect bullets like Wonder Woman's, they will help tell the difference between your Facebook friends and your true friends. Learn to make this classic piece of friendship fashion, trade, and then show off your loyalty. Materials provided; only for ages 12-18.

Captivating Comics
Tuesday, July 12 · 4:00-5:00 p.m. · Day-Riverside Branch

Remember that one issue of Justice League where The Flash confesses to Superman that he’s been hoarding cats and then Batman comes in and starts swearing in Spanish? No you don’t – because you haven’t written it yet! The City Library will provide pages and pages of fully illustrated comic books with blank speech bubbles; you'll fill in the dialogue. Oh, the possibilities... Only for ages 12-18.

Live the Legend: World of Warcraft Panel
Friday, July 22 · 5:00-6:00 p.m. · Main Library, Canteena

World of Warcraft has more than 12 million subscribers, split between the Horde and the Alliance, each exercising their own powers and individuality. The "Live the Legend" panel will provide an introduction for the curious and uninitiated, but the conversation should appeal to level 85 veterans, as well.

Making Marvelous Manga
Wednesday, July 27 · 4:00-5:00 p.m. · Main Library, Canteena

Manga comics are insanely popular, inspiring, and intimidating for aspiring artists and writers. Local manga expert Shannon Deonier will walk you through the basics of creating your own manga masterpiece from scratch with helpful tips on how to make your manga imaginings a reality.

Fashioning Fantastic Flair
Wednesday, August 3 · 4:00-5:00 p.m. · Day-Riverside Branch

Give your super wardrobe some flair with personalized and one-of-a-kind buttons. Any image, logo, or word can be turned into a personal piece of expression that goes with anything. We'll provide magazines and comic books, but you can bring whatever materials you'd like to make some bling with. Warning: button-making can be extremely addictive and satisfying. Only for ages 12-18.

SuperThongs: Duct Tape Flip Flops
Tuesday, August 9 · 3:30-4:30 p.m. · Main Library, Canteena

In order to be a true superhero, you have to craft your own super-costume. Take a baby-step toward the future with this fun craft: duct tape flip flops to go with your duct tape wallet from last year. (Or for the truly adventurous, craft your own duct tape utility belt or outwear-underwear to complete your hero's toolkit.) Only for ages 12-18.

The Rise of Renegade X: A Heroic Book Discussion
Monday, August 15 · 4:30-5:30 p.m. · Main Library, Canteena

The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea M. Campbell tells the story of Damien Locke, son of one of Golden City's most notorious supervillains, who is horrified to discover that he may be destined to become a superhero. Come discuss the unique half-breed's rise to power and other superhero comics, in general.

End of the Summer of the Superhero with Ally Condie
Wednesday, August 17 · 6:00-9:00 p.m. · Main Library

Commemorate the end of The City Library's Teen Summer Reading Program with a Matched-themed celebration! Nationally-acclaimed author and Salt Lake City resident Ally Condie will speak in the Main Library Auditorium at 7:00 p.m., preceded by fun activities based on her book Matched.