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Summer 2023 Reading & Programs

Check back with us in May 2023 for our next    Summer Adventure

Read Beyond the Beaten Path
Summer Reading & Fun Activities
For Children birth thru 12 years of age

Online and in-person registration begins Monday May 23
Reading & Activities (Keep scrolling for list of activities) begin June 6

Research suggests families should aim for a minimum of 15-20 minutes of reading a day to help prevent the “summer slide”, where reading skills are lost and kids are less prepared to return to school in the fall.  Children not yet completed 2nd grade must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times when at the library.

Customize your reading challenge experience.

 Whether children are tracking minutes, pages, number books read, or using a school’s reading log or calendar, our reading challenge experience is flexible. Remember, any reading counts including:

  • Shared reading with a child
  • Independent reading
  • Reading an ebook or a selection from the Tumblebook library
  • Listening to an audiobook 
  • Engaging in a learn and play activity, working towards letter recognition & counting, enjoying one of the library’s backpack kits, story time or flannel board kits, etc.
  • Attending Stories in the Park or Wiggles & Giggles
  • Sight word practice

Time spent in any of these activities can be logged in the online reading challenge at Beanstack or recorded on your child’s summer reading calendar.

Get the most out of your summer reading challenge by participating on-line with Beanstack. Here’s how it works!

  • Keep track of the number of minutes your child reads or participates in the activities listed above 
  • Log these minutes in Beanstack
  • For every 60 minutes, a child spends reading (as described above), a virtual badge with virtual raffle tickets are awarded
  • Throughout the summer, kids can shuffle their raffle tickets among the online raffle prizes
  • Free giveaways are awarded at key milestones
  • All reading must be logged or back logged no later than August 22, midnight.
  • On Monday, August 23, the Beanstack software randomly selects the prize winners. (Winners selected may only receive one prize)

Let’s Get Started  with

  • Go to or use the Beanstack mobile app to create or update your reader’s account.
  • Beginning May 23, register by selecting Read Beyond the                                                         Beaten path reading challenge for kids birth thru 12 years. 
      • Beginning June 6, start logging your readers time (in minutes) spent reading and engaging with kits from the library or other literacy activities.

But wait! There are library events, programs, classes and activities!

In person summer programming is back including family events,  classes, programs, weekly activities including Stay & Make projects while supplies last. Registrations are required for some classes.  Activity fees apply to some art activities and are payable directly to the artist. The library reserves the right to cancel any event, class, program or activity due to low registrations or other unforeseen circumstances.

Please note: Masks are optional and social distancing may not be possible during  community events, classes and programs. Patrons or guests exhibiting signs or symptoms of possible illness are kindly requested to refrain from attendance at in person programs, events or classes until their signs or symptoms are gone. 

All Summer Reading challenge & library events, programs, classes and activities. For more information, click on the links provided for each event, program, class and activity.

Registration for events, programs, classes & activities opens May 11

June Events

Week of June 13-18: 

Week of June 20-June 25

Week of June 27-July 2 

  • Mo Willems library picture scavenger hunt this week while small prizes last.
  • Stay & Make Scratch Art activity this week while supplies last.
  • June 27  9:30-10am: Story Time at Washington Park.  Registration requested. Ages 3-7.
  • June 28  1-2pm: Doggie Tales with Ms. Julie and Ruby & Lila.  Registration required. Ages 3-12.

July Events

Week of July 4-9

  • Happy 4th of July. The library is closed Monday July 4.
  • July 5  1-2pm:  Doggie Tales with Ms. Julie and Ruby & Lila.  Registration Required. Ages 3-12.

Week of July 11-16

Week of July 18-23

August dates

  • August 22: Last day to back log minutes read and drop raffle tickets to online prizes.
  • August 23: Online raffle ends with winners notified. 

And finally…
Be sure to ask about our kits and backpacks for take home:

  • Flashlight Story Time take home kits include picture books, a flashlight, songs & rhymes and an activity.
  • Flannel Board and Felt Story kits include picture books, felt stories & instructions.
  • Baby Sprout Backpacks with books and play & learn materials.
  • Little Sprout Backpacks for 1 and 2-year-olds with books and play & learn materials.
  • Growing Readers Kindergarten Readiness kits for 3-5-year-olds with concept books, learn & play materials, and other items which help children learn kindergarten readiness concepts such as letter, color, and number recognition, positional and directional concepts, writing, and more.
  • Reading kits including letters & sounds, blends, guided level readers, rhyming, sight words & more for kids 3 – 8 years.
  • Learning games such as Launch and Learn alphabet, beginning sounds, & rhyming sounds, What’s the Rhyme? Sorting Houses, Splash Sight Words and more. 
  • Math literacy kits including simple addition/subtraction, comparing numbers, making ten, patterning and more.
  • STEM kits such as Sink or Float, Survive the Quake, Create a Chain Reaction and more

Thank you to the sponsors of the Summer Reading Challenge book and treat giveaways!