How to Play

What is the High School Challenge?

The Summer Reading game for older teens. Read or complete challenges to earn points, badges and a chance to win bigger prizes. Each person can play once.

Three ways to earn points and prizes:

How do I sign up?

  • Create an account with a username, email address, and password.
  • Enter your name, grade, and high school. Be sure to use your real name so that we can give you prizes!
  • Select “Sign up for the High School Challenge”

How do I keep track?

  • Sign in and log every day you read, earn a secret code or complete a challenge.
  • Fill in the “...enter your reading here” box (numbers only).
  • You can enter several days at once.
  • When you complete a level, you’ll earn a badge and get a reminder to pick up your prize.

When can I collect?

  • Level one prize is available June 29-August 31
  • Level two prize is available July 14-August 31
  • Level three prize is available July 29-August 31

All prizes must be claimed by August 31, 2018.

What are the prizes?

When you complete each level, choose one:

  • a great teen book OR
  • a coupon (for example: free pizza, Dutch Bros, doughnut, swimming entry, laser tag) OR
  • an entry into a drawing for a Trailblazers package, $100 Electric Castle’s Wunderland gift certificate, or $100 collage gift certificate

Grand Prizes

  • At level 3, you’ll choose from the above prizes and will also receive a Summer Reading T-shirt (while supplies last).
  • All finishers are entered into a drawing for a trip for four to Great Wolf Lodge.
  • High school finishers are entered into a drawing for a $250 Visa gift card.

Do, make, share--more prizes!

What can you make, do, or share? Submit work inspired by a book, character, or author, for a chance to win $100 or $50 gift certificates to collage: curated art and craft supplies. And,you can count each submission as one day of reading.

Past winners have included:

  • An alternate book cover
  • A poem inspired by a writer
  • Food made from a recipe mentioned in book, pics of process and recipe were tweeted
  • A video book review posted to YouTube
  • A song recorded and sent as a sound file

How do I submit a creation?

  • Email it (or a link to it) to or
  • Post on social media with the hashtag #MultCoLibTeen
  • Bring it to your neighborhood library and ask staff to send it in to the Summer Reading office (make sure you include your name and contact info)
  • Postal mail to Multnomah County Library, Attn: Seana Lane, 216 NE Knott St, Portland, OR 97212 (make sure you include your name and contact info)

You’ll be entered into the drawing for prizes. If you need help, ask at your local library.

Beyond reading

Here are some other things you can do besides reading to earn a day’s points.

  • Stream or download music or a movie from the library with the hoopla app or from the site (library card and password required)
  • Check out a magazine from the library on your phone, tablet, or computer (library card and password required)
  • Attend a free summer concert and listen to live music -- try to find a new genre  
  • Read to a young child and talk about the story--you’ll help get them ready for reading (and it can count on their gameboard for Summer Reading, too!)
  • Teach tech to an adult--show an Aunt how to Snapchat, Grandpa how to use Facebook, Mom or Dad how to stream music or listen a podcast
  • Learn or practice a language through Mango Connect languages on the library’s site (library card and password required)

I’d rather have a paper gameboard

No problem.  Come to the library starting June 15th and get one.

I need more help!

To report a problem with your account, email, come in to any library, or call 503.988.5123.