Community and connection.

These two words have long served as our guiding stars when designing summer reading programming, and they seem more important than ever this year. As we finalized the program this spring, announced it to students in May, and now officially kick it off with the start of summer break, we keep coming back to these words, and we remember the important role that stories play in promoting deeper understanding, building connections, inspiring conversation, and creating strong and equitable communities.

Our 2020 Summer Reading theme is “A Community of Readers.” This theme, and our program, celebrate all the ways in which the simple act of reading brings us together to make real, positive changes in our society.

In keeping with this theme, we have re-envisioned our traditional All-School “Community Read,” and we are excited to collaborate with the United Way of Greater Waterbury and their Stock the Pantry initiative to help fight food insecurity in the local area this summer. For every book Chase students finish over the next three months, sponsors will donate to the United Way to help local food pantries stock their shelves with healthy food for the summer. Many Chase families have asked how to support our neighbors in need during the pandemic, and this initiative is a simple way to help feed our community- all students need to do is READ!

Please click here to learn more about this collaboration and other ways you can support this important initiative. We appreciate all levels of participation. No gift is too small!

This year’s reading list, curated by faculty members and student leaders, also speaks to our theme and reflects the Chase community’s commitment to seeking, hearing and understanding diverse voices and perspectives. The Lower School's Reading Without Walls book badge challenge and the Middle and Upper School Reader Leader selections offer readers windows into a variety of experiences and provide rich opportunities for increasing awareness, empathy and respect. Please see the Lower, Middle, and Upper School pages for more details about each division’s specific program and reading requirements.

We are eager to welcome you and your family to the Chase community of readers this summer and, as always, we look forward to continued conversations throughout the summer and into the fall.

Happy reading!

Mrs. Emma Kornetov

Director of Library Services