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Community of Readers
Summer 2014
June 16th, 2014 - August 22nd, 2014

Welcome to the Community of Readers Website!

About the Program

Community of Readers is open to everyone who has borrowing privileges at the Leatherby Libraries and a current library account, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members who purchase a community library card. Members select books from the Leatherby Libraries and receive prizes upon submission of their first review. The only requirement is that books must be obtained through the Leatherby Libraries.

Ready to join? Just follow these easy steps:

1. Select a book from Leatherby Libraries. Click here to search the online catalog. For books not in the Leatherby Libraries collection, Chapman students, faculty, and staff can use our Interlibrary Loan service to get a book from another library. People affiliated with the Chapman University School of Law must use the Rinker Law Library’s Interlibrary Loan service to obtain books not owned by Leatherby Libraries.
2. Read the book during the program dates.
3. Submit a brief 2-3 sentence review to the Community of Readers website. Click here to read a sample review.
4. You're a member!
5. Submit more reviews to win more prizes.

Prizes & Ceremony

This year we are offering a variety of special prizes including our collectable finger puppets, prizes from the library's secret stash, and an exciting Grand Prize to be awarded at our end of summer party! Each review submitted is a chance to win our Grand Prize drawing.

1st review: Pen, Pencil, and Bookmark
3rd review: Finger Puppet + Surprise Gift
5th review: Finger Puppet + Special Prize
7th review: Finger Puppet + Secret Stash
10th review: Finger Puppet + Extra Special Prize
12th review: Secret Stash Choice of Two
15th review: Surprise Grab Bag - selected by the committee

There will also be monthly prize drawings!

Prizes subject to availability; substitutions possible.

An end-of-summer party for all members will be held in August. The final prize drawings will be held at the party.

Optional Reading Lists

You are free to select your own books to read! The following optional reading lists have been created to offer suggestions, but there is no requirement to read books from these lists.

Banned & Challenged Books
California Native Americans
Classic & Contemporary Fiction
Mysteries & Detective Fiction
Nature Writing, Natural History, and National Parks of the American West
Obscure Treasures
President's Summer Reading
War All the Time

Looking for current bestsellers? Browse the McNaughton Collection on the First Floor of the Library for many selections. Still not sure what to read? Can't find what you are looking for? Please visit the Reference Desk on the First Floor of Leatherby Libraries for librarian assistance.


Questions? Please contact Jessica Bower at (714) 532-7717 or

Community of Readers Planning Committee:
Carolyn Radcliff
Jessica Bower
Rand Boyd

Community of Readers is modeled after a Summer Reading Contest at the University of California, San Diego, Social Sciences & Humanities Library.