The 2021 Summer Reading Challenge

Looking to recharge and de-stress? Do you like to read but need a little motivation? Are you looking for book suggestions or just someone to share your top picks with? Join the 2021 Summer Reading Challenge with your fellow Stag community, brought to you by the DiMenna-Nyselius Library.

This event is open to all University students, faculty, and staff. If you are interested, e-mail Matt Schirano at and he will add you to the Summer Reading Challenge online document on Quip. Once you’ve been added, set a goal for the number of books you would like to read this summer. After finishing a book, write the author and title to your area of the document. For every book read between May 16-August 20 you will gain an entry into a raffle to win prizes. More details are on the Quip document. Listening to audio books counts as reading too by the way!

Not sure what to read or how to access books this summer? Here are some suggestions:

  • Look around your home. What is on your night stand collecting dust? Do you have a bookshelf full of books you have been meaning to get to, or ones you had read before and want to reread? This is your time! No more book hording/procrastinating this summer!
  • Ask friends, family, and neighbors to borrow a book! Proper social distancing encouraged during your borrowing transaction.
  • DiMenna-Nyselius LibrarySearch our catalog for titles such as literary classics or academic and professional development. You can search for subjects or keyword too. Also, check out our Popular Reading Collection for new popular releases!
  • Check out your Public Library's offerings. Many public libraries have an app or program for patrons to access eBooks or audio books (Hoopla, Libby, etc). If you don't have a library card for your town's library, reach out to see if they register you online or over the phone. Librarians can help with "reader's advisory". Public libraries offer a great selection of popular books and streaming films too.
  • Find a Little Free Library-the world's largest book sharing movement You may have seen these little boxes around your neighborhood or while traveling. They are take-a-book leave-a-book free book exchanges. There are approximately 100,000 in 108 countries. Go to the non-profit's site and use the map locator tool to find Little Free Libraries in your area (but keep in mind that not all are registered by individuals to appear on the map). Fun fact: One of our DNL librarians helped install 4 of them in her town.
  • Purchase a book through the Fairfield University Bookstore. Order online and your books will be shipped to your home address.
  • Sign-up for a GoodReads account, Book Riot newsletters, or another blog or site for book lovers. GoodReads is social media for readers. It has many helpful lists for book recommendations. if you make an account and log the books you have read/want to read you will see suggestions based of your interests. BookRiot is the largest independent literary site in North America, bringing you news, bookish commentary, and of course book suggestions.
  • Summer Reading Challenge Quip Document and Zoom event on May 11th. See what your colleagues are reading on the Quip doc all summer long. Or pop into a special edition of Lattes with Librarians: Summer Reading ChallengKickoff at 10am on June 1st with your morning tea or coffee. If you sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge, Matt Schirano will e-mail you the Zoom link. If you don’t receive it and would like to attend, send Matt an e-mail at  

Summer Reading Challenge Prizes

All participants will be entered into the raffle, with multiple entries corresponding to the number of books read and logged into the Quip Summer Reading Challenge document between May 16th-August 20th. Ex: you read five books so your name is entered into the raffle drawing as five separate entries.