An Independent School • Grades 5-12

Members of the Lakeside community are invited to participate in Lakeside Summer Reads 2020! Upper School students, faculty, staff, and academic departments have recommended 120 books to bring along to the park, the beach, or a cozy couch. Find the 2020 list here.

“For many students, the summer allows for extra time and space to engage in the self-directed reading they may not always get to during the busy school year. At Lakeside, we work to foster and promote the joy and importance of lifelong learning, and self-directed reading is a critical component in that process,” says librarian Monica Gu. “Self-directed reading can be a really empowering and fulfilling way to engage with the outside world, especially during this time of physical distance and drastically reduced travel,” adds librarian Carly Pansulla. “It can also be a great way to accelerate or deepen an interest or skill that you’ve picked up in our changed circumstances.” 

For some additional motivation, the library will be running a summer reading raffle for students who choose to read over their summer break. Upper School students can enter the raffle by submitting short (3-5 sentences) reviews of any books they read over the summer — either off the Summer Reads list or from their own "to be read" pile. For each book they read, they can enter a new review (and a new raffle entry). Students can submit reviews using this form throughout the summer; the deadline for submissions is Sept. 18. Raffle prizes include bookstore gift cards and Super Secret Surprise Mystery Totes filled with book-themed goodies. Financial aid will apply to summer reading. Please contact Tearon Joseph for financial aid details (, 206-440-2773).

In addition to the Summer Reads recommendations and raffle, the librarians, in collaboration with other academic departments, have compiled a curated list of links to remotely-accessible resources and activities for the summer. This list also includes updated information for making the most of the local public library systems, which currently offer instant online library cards, e-books, audiobooks, and streaming movie, tv, and music collections. The summer remote resources list can be found here.