Poetry contest: Middle school students are encouraged to participate in the Reading Public Library's Young Poets Contest by writing and submitting original works. The contest entries are due at the end of January.
Reading Olympics: Berks County librarians sponsor the Reading Olympics each year. Students read books from a list of 42, and then compete in April against other middle school readers to see who remembers the most details about the books.
Spelling Bee: Middle school students around the country participate in the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee. Our local bee, sponsored by the Reading Eagle, is held in March, with qualifying rounds in January. Local winners are invited to participate in the Berks County Spelling Bee.