Summer Reading

About the Summer Reading Game
Let us know what you’re reading this summer. For each book you tell us about, earn a piece of candy and a chance to win a Kindle or an iPod shuffle. You could even earn an invitation to a make-your-own-pizza party at Uno Chicago Grill! Summer reading list books for all grades will be available in the Edge. Pick up a book for school or let us recommend one.


  • TV Production Camp: Create a video news segment in this two-week mini camp. Learn video editing, script writing, filming and interviewing skills in our video production studio. For White Plains residents entering grades 6-9 in fall 2017. 6/26-7/7
  • Maker EDge: The White Plains Public Library is partnering with Argus to join Maker Corps this summer. We’ll be running one and two-week mini camps all summer. Learn digital media skills and use technology to create Maker and DIY projects. 7/10-8/18
  • Sewing in the Edge: Learn to use a sewing machine and make a drawstring backpack to take home. 7/5, 12 & 19
  • Sculpey Jewelry: Make your own beads and turn them into jewelry. 7/26 & 8/2
  • Android Development Camp: See how to create an App. 7/27 & 8/3
  • VR Camp: Learn and experience Virtual Reality (form required). 8/17, 24 & 31

And much, much more! A full listing of programs can be found on our online calendar at:
The Edge Calendar

Afternoon Activities
Join us each afternoon, Monday-Thursday. For students entering grades 7-12 in fall 2017. 6/26 through 8/31

  • Must-See Movie Mondays: A different classic movie each week; suggestions welcome. 2-5 pm.
  • Tabletop Game Tuesdays: Play new board games or card games with your friends. 2-5 pm.
  • Which Craft Wednesdays: Join us for arts and crafts: Sculpey clay beads, jewelry, sewing projects, buttons, and more. Rising 6th grade & up. 3 pm.
  • Tech Thursdays: Test digital equipment and learn computer concepts. 3 pm.
White Plains Schools Summer Reading Lists
Copies of school summer reading titles are available below and in the Trove/Edge and as e-books. In addition, Librarians can always point you to a great book you will enjoy over the summer!

Follow these links to the Library’s catalog to see availability for that grade’s required title. No titles on these lists are required reading over the summer, except the following:

Grades K-5


Grade 6


Grade 7


Grade 8


High School


High school students are required to choose and read ANY one​ book from this list:
The Crossover, by Kwame Alexander
Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
Ship Breaker, by Paolo Bacigalupi
Graceling, by Kristen Cashore
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, by Chris Crutcher
Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina, by Michaela and Elaine DePrince
Once, by Morris Gleitzman
Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Liar, by Justine Larbalestier
Cinder, by Marissa Meyer
Boy21, by Matthew Quick
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Saenz
When I Was Puerto Rican, by Esmerelda Santiago
Boot Camp, by Todd Strasser
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

My Brother’s Keeper Summer Reading List

Mayor Thomas Roach and the White Plains School District accepted the My Brother’s Keeper initiative August 10, 2016 to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and to ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. The MBK program was launched by President Barack Obama February 2014 to improve the lifelong outcomes of boys and young men of color. Since then, 250 communities across the nation have accepted this challenge.

Grade: 6-8

The Watson’s Go to Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes
Heat by Mike Lupica
Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs
As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds
We Beat the Street by Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt and Sharon Draper

Grade: 9-10

Tyrell by Coe Booth
Dark Dude by Oscar Hijuelos
X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz
Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin
The Afterlife by Gary Soto
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

Grade: 11-12

He Said, She Said by Kwame Alexander
The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña
March, Books 1-3 by John Lewis
Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot and the Battle for the American Dream by Joshua Davis
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

My Brother’s Keeper
Summer Reading