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Rye Free Reading Room Makes Selection For Teens

RYE, N.Y. --  The Rye Free Reading Room has established this summer’s reading lists for middle and high school students.

With help from teachers, the staff tries to appeal to every type of reader. From action and history to romance, because it’s summertime, titles run between heady and fun.

“Our goal is to provide books for the avid as well as the reluctant reader,” said Bettyjane Surabian, the teen librarian.

There is a mandatory book picked out for each of the different grades. Once the pre-selected mandatory book has been read, students are allowed a second read of their choice.

For high school students, this year’s book list includes "Zeitoun," by Dave Eggers, which deals with Hurricane Katrina and falls in the category of history reading. Parents are also invited to help make selections for the second read for their children.

“In the past, we’ve had parents come in with great ideas for their children, [particularly] children who feel overwhelmed to some extent,” Surabian said.

These books are also available through e-book readers, which have tripled in use for the library.

The annual program goes on until August.

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