YR Program

Chautauqua Institution is a community that values and celebrates reading, and since 1994, the CLSC Young Readers program has engaged young Chautauquans and community members in the enjoyment of good reading. Each summer, a selection of books are chosen for their quality, the variety of their styles and subjects, and their appeal to young readers.  While aimed at 9- to 14-year-olds, these books will also delight younger and older readers.

The Program

In addition to reading the summer's selections, youth are invited to attend the related weekly program, usually held at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesdays throughout the CHQ season. The program includes a brief book discussion followed by a presentation or activity led by community leaders, local organizations, and sometimes even the authors themselves.

While the most important feature of the Young Readers program is reading, all levels of participation are important and are encouraged — from reading only one of the selections to reading them all.  The weekly programs are open to all youth, and reading the week's selection is encouraged but not required for attendance.

Medallion Award

CLSC young readers logo 2The Young Readers medallion rewards young Chautauquans who read 16 books from the program's historic book list, including Jeffrey Simpson's Chautauqua: An American Utopia. The medallion is made possible by the John H. Bliss Memorial Fund and the support of the CLSC Class of 2002. 

Young Readers Historic Book List

Whatever educational experience you are seeking, Chautauqua’s Special Studies program continues to create distinct new learning opportunities for the 10,000 lifelong learners that enroll in courses each summer.  More than 300 teachers, experienced in subjects they love, create a diverse assortment of courses, often offering intergenerational learning experiences.

Special Studies offers classes to youth and adults in subjects ranging from art, music, photography, culinary arts, religion and philosophy, to fitness, dance, history, literature and writing. Enjoy Chautauqua’s Special Studies’ unique learning experience and enrich your mind, body and spirit.

Registration for the 2018 Special Studies program begins on April 10, 2018.

Teaching at Chautauqua

The application to submit a course proposal for the 2018 Season is now closed.  To teach during the 2019 Season, you may apply beginning in April 2018. The deadline to submit course proposals to teach in 2019 will be October 1, 2018.  

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Monitor Application

Apply to be a monitor for the Special Studies program:

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