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EBPL First Look

The EBPL First Look Volunteer Program

This program encourages teens to read Advanced Reading Copies (ARCs) of YA books that the library obtains from publishers. You earn community service hours based on the length of the book and for contributing a book review to the library's website. There is no registration required to take part in this program. You may participate whenever you wish.

Choosing a Book

Books are first come, first serve. You may take one book at a time. After you read it and complete your review, you may choose another. Come to the Teen Space in the library to find the selection of EBPL First Look books to choose the book you'd like to read and review. These books are not library books and they cannot be checked out. You do not need to let anyone in the library know that you are taking home one of these books.  Or you can take a book from the NEW BOOK shelf to review.

Community Service Hours

Earn hours for reading the book and contributing a book review to the library's website. The total hours you earn is calculated by taking the page count of the book and rounding down to the nearest 100. Every 100 pages equals 1 hour. A book that's 417 pages is rounded down to 400. That is 4 hours. The book review you write is worth 1 hour. So the total community service hours you'd earn for a book with a page length of 417 pages is 5 hours.

Write Your Review

Please write at least 250 words! (You can write way more, if you want!) Make sure you give your book a star rating. Write whether or not you liked the book. Tell us a bit about what happens in the plot (but be careful of spoilers!) And give us an idea of what kinds of readers you'd recommend it to.

Submit Your Review

Visit the EBPL First Look page. If the book you want to review isn’t there, email teens@ebpl.org and ask for it to be added. If the book is there, click on it and you'll see on the page a button that says "write a review." That's where you post your review!

By the way ...

You don't need to read an EBPL First Look book in order to earn community service credit. You can also review any book from the NEW BOOK section in the Young Adult area.  Recommend a book to a friend to read and review.  The more reviews for a particular book, the better! 

Happy Reading!