2017 Bibliopolis Summer Reading Challenge!

I am excited to announce the 2017 Bibliopolis Summer Reading Challenge, which starts today, and ends September 1st. And yes, if you’re in the middle of a book right now, you may use it for the challenge.

Sorry to all the adults, this is a chapter book challenge for high school and younger only. I’m guessing the participants will be 2nd-12th graders, but if your K-1st grader wants to tackle it, they are welcome to, especially if you the parent want to read along with them.

How does it work? If you’re at Gracepoint Berkeley church, you can pick up a copy of the bingo board at Bibliopolis. If you’re at one of our church plants, or away for the summer, you can download your own copy of the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge bingo board here.

There are 25 squares (of course you can read MORE!). You can choose what bingo line you want to start reading. You’ll get one raffle ticket per book, and one bonus ticket for every bingo line. So you don’t necessarily have to make bingo lines for this challenge.

Read the rules carefully, though. You can only use a book once on the board! I suggest doing it in pencil, so that you can move books around later if you need to. 🙂

For each book you read, you’ll fill out a book review. Below is a picture of it, but again, you can download your own copy of the Book Review form here.

You’ll want to put this somewhere safe. I would strongly suggest using a folder or binder for your entire challenge, as you’ll need to keep all of your book review forms together as well!

The book review doesn’t take too long, but do notice at the bottom it says that you will be asked to redo your book review if you do a shoddy job.

I hope you have fun doing this challenge, and yes, I will do it too!

What’s the first book you’re going to read?




Thanks for Recycling for Books!

Just a quick update about the Bibliopolis Recycling Fundraiser. We had a good run for the 2015-2016 school year, but alas, we have come to an end. Thank you, Gracepoint Berkeley church, for drinking so much water, milk, soda, hipster kombucha, etc. You helped the kiddos raise over $350 for books and other library needs throughout the year!

Even though we won’t be continuing with the recycling fundraiser, I’m sure all of you will continue to be conscientious green readers!

Reading Snapshot: Is This Our Bibliopolis?

Hello everyone! It’s been pushing three months since my last post, but I have returned to share some exciting goings on with regards to the reading revolution throughout Gracepoint Berkeley church as well as our church plants.

I’m going to ease back into posting with a heartwarming little story. Vanessa from acts2fellowship in Berkeley told me that one day, while her older daughter Gabby was sitting near her bookshelves, she asked, “Mommy, is this our Bibliopolis?” That was so awesome to hear, so here is a picture of the girls showing off their own reading space at home!

You can make your own Bibliopolis! You just need some…books.

I know many of you have made little reading spaces in your homes, so feel free to share those photos and any stories with me, and we can encourage one another to keep up the reading (especially with summer fast approaching)!

Happy Read Across America Day!

Today is National Read Across America Day, or Dr. Seuss Day. He would have been 112 today, and to commemorate his birthday, school children all across the nation don red & white striped hats, and have fun, reading-centered celebrations at school and in their communities. At different Bibliopolis branches across our Gracepoint churches, we celebrated too. We have something special planned to share with you all, but it’s not ready yet. In the mean time, here’s a picture.

Cat in the Hat cousins at Gracepoint Berkeley‘s Bibliopolis with their parents (family resemblance much?). Auntie Annie with her trust bunny ears!

What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book? While I’m not a fan of all of his books, The Lorax is probably at the top of my list. Deep stuff.  

Introducing Bibliocafe

While our Recycling Fundraiser is going strong, we introduce a fundraiser that might be a bit more popular. Books & Tea (or Coffee), a pretty awesome combo. Even C.S. Lewis, who famously said, “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me” agrees!

Welcome to Bibliocafe, where you can enjoy a cup of assorted teas, coffee, and hot chocolate.

We don’t have prices, but as it is a fundraiser, we appreciate any and all donations. The kiddos and I appreciate it all — 100% goes towards books! So stop on by some time.


The Bibliopolis A-Z Reading Challenge

This year, while the 4th graders and up are participating in the 40-Book Reading Challenge, some of the 1st-3rd graders are trying the A-Z Reading Challenge. The challenge is to read at least one book starting with each letter of the alphabet (either by title or author). Here are Sophie (3rd grade) and Lucy (2nd grade), as well as Jamie (Pre-School), recommending books to each other, and having some fun. 🙂

The “A-Z Book Challenge” Conversation (Bibliopolis) from Kenny Choi on Vimeo.

Doesn’t this make you want to read? Especially The Chronicles of Narnia?! “I can’t read yet, but this is a good book!” 🙂

Introducing Bibliopolis Austin: Longhorn Library!

This past Wednesday, February 3rd, was no ordinary Wednesday. Over at Gracepoint Austin church, we had the official Grand Opening of Bibliopolis Austin. Here is some on-the-ground reportage from Laura Fong, our very own Longhorn Librarian. 🙂

After seeing all the awesome things happening at Bibliopolis in Berkeley and the recent opening of the Minneapolis branch, we just couldn’t stand to be left out! Some of us decided we just had to have our own branch…our very own Longhorn Library! I know everything is supposed to be bigger in Texas, and while our humble library may not bigger (yet) than Berkeley’s, and we don’t have a fun hanging chair like Minneapolis, we are quite happy with our very own reading castle, reading nook with curtains and hanging lights, and bean bags that were generously donated by one of the uncles.

Even before the Grand Opening, our very own fourth grader (aka Mik) donated many of her books, prepared a Grand Opening flyer for all the families, and printed up a library schedule for all to see. One of the kindergarteners wanted to donate her books too, but we reminded her that she has younger siblings who might benefit from having them at home 😛 Then all the children decorated book bags during JScouts to keep their library books safe when they took them home.

Finally, the big day arrived when Bibliopolis Austin would finally open! One child said, “I can’t believe it’s really happening! I thought it was just a dream..I didn’t think it would actually happen!” There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony after which the children saw the library for the first time. They did a scavenger hunt to familiarize themselves with the organization of the library and learn how to properly handle the books, and they each got their own bag of gummy worms to remind themselves that they are now official “Bibliopolis bookworms” (to be eaten outside of the library, of course)!

A big thank you to Emily for getting this reading ball rolling. We look forward to many fun and educational times in our very own library!

Here’s a video to commemorate the beginnings of Bibliopolis Austin! I’m personally so excited to go and visit soon — I know Laura and so many others have put a lot of thought and care into making Bibliopolis Austin a reality, and it’s evident from the video that it was a lot of work, not only to build it all, but to commemorate its opening as well — a true labor of love. I’m looking forward to hearing of many wonderful reading moments happening through their times spend there!

BibliopolisAustin from hemilykim on Vimeo.

* If you look closely in the video, you’ll notice a certain 4th grader from Gracepoint Berkeley church who got to be there at the momentous Grand Opening festivities!