U.S. Embassy Announces Summer Reading Challenge

Americans believe that reading is one of the best ways to explore the world during the summer school holiday.  This year U.S. Embassy Tbilisi invites every child in Georgia to join the Embassy’s Summer Reading Challenge.

“Books can take you anywhere in the world or even out of this world.  Reading can be one of the greatest joys in life, but it helps to get into the habit from an early age,” says Ambassador Degnan.  “Summer reading challenges are a great American tradition and millions of children in the United States will spend this summer reading.  We invite Georgian children to read along with us!”

The program is simple:  find any book written in Georgian or English, read it, complete a book report form, and return that form to an American Space in Georgia by September 10.  Children can find books in American Spaces, public libraries, school libraries, and book shops, or they borrow books from friends or family.  They are encouraged to read any type of book that interests them, either fiction or nonfiction.

Every child who reads at least 100 pages will receive a silver-level certificate of achievement signed by Ambassador Kelly Degnan.  Every child who reads at least 500 pages will receive a gold-level certificate.  All pages read in English will count for double!

The American Spaces where children read the most this summer will receive special equipment awards to encourage English language learning during the next school year.

For more information, books in English and Georgian, and book report forms, visit an American Space near you:

  • Akhaltsikhe American Corner in the Central Library on Tamar Mephe Street

  • Batumi American Corner in the Central Library on Vazha Pshavela Street

  • The U.S. Embassy Bookmobile in Tserovani, Prezeti and Galavani

  • Gori American Shelf in the Central Library on Stalin Street

  • Khashuri American Corner in the Central Library on Dzneladze Street

  • Khulo American Shelf in the Cultural Center Library on Chavchavadze Street

  • Kutaisi American Corner in Children’s Library Dumbadze Street

  • Kvareli American Shelf in Public School #1 on Ilia Chavchavadze Street

  • Marneuli American Corner in the Central Library on Rustaveli Street

  • Ozurgeti American Shelf in the Central Library on 26 May Street

  • Rustavi American Corner in the Central Library on Shartava Street

  • Tbilisi American Corner in the National Youth Palace on Rustaveli Avenue

  • Zugdidi American Corner in the Central Library on Merab Kostava Street

This project is one of the ways the U.S. Embassy will support Tbilisi’s designation as the World Book Capital for 2021, a celebration to promote books and reading.  We encourage all those who love to read, including adults, to join this campaign by sharing their own summer reading on social media using #SpendYourSummerReading and #TbilisiWorldBookCapital.