Kids Summer Reading 2024


The weather’s warming up…school’s almost out…it must be summer! Get ready – the Library will be launching its Summer Reading program on Monday, June 17 and will continue until August 30. 

Read and Bead will return for its 2nd year, this time with some fun updates. Children can select their own reading materials, including books, magazines, graphic novels and audio books.  Any kind of reading counts! Here’s how it works.

Upon registering for summer reading, you will receive a free book (while supplies last), a hypoallergenic ball and chain necklace, and a brag tag of your choice to start off. You can register in person at the Children’s Desk or online at

Use either our paper tracking log or the Beanstack website’s tracking system to count your time spent reading. As soon as you’ve read for 15 minutes, you’ve already earned your first bead. The more reading you log, the more beads you earn!  We have 4 levels of beads to earn and you can even trade your current beads in to level up.

This summer, we are adding the ability to earn more brag tags! For every 4 hours you read, you will be able to pick out another to add to your necklace. We have plenty of new designs to choose from.

Also new this summer is the chance for you to earn a free ice cream cone AND a sundae from Polar Cave in Mashpee. You must read for 12 hours to earn a cone and for 36 hours to earn a sundae. Visit the Children’s Desk to redeem your coupon once you’ve earned this delicious treat!

Keep an eye out on our events calendar for all of the fun summertime activities and events at the Library. You never know when something new will be added! Check below for a sneak peek of some of our events.

Weekly events (beginning June 24 and running through August 31):

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11-12:30 – Free Lunches for Kids & Teens on the Lawn, sponsored by YMCA’s Project Bread

Fridays from 10:30-11:30 AM – Lunch and Lego Club

Saturdays from 10:30-11:30 AM – Laugh and Craft

Special events:

JUNE 26 AT 10:30 AM SEA SHANTIES with Denya LeVine in the Events Room. Sing along, or learn a new song!

JULY 1 AT 2:00 PMMAGIC SHOW with Tommy James. Get ready to be amazed!

JULY 12 AT 10:30 AMROBERT THE GUITAR GUY will be here to put on a rockin’ good show!

JULY 13 AT 1:00 PM  – ZINE-MAKING CLASS with comics illustrator Craig Florence for kids and teens 8 & up. Learn to make a zine and take home copies to share with friends and family! Registration is required.

JULY 17 AT 11:00 AMDR. ROSIE HELPS THE ANIMALS is an author/illustrator event where you will hear a story, then be given a vet kit to help heal your own stuffie! Registration is required.

AUGUST 1 AT 4:00 PMMUSIC FUN with Tom Sieling will be a fun family concert; at the end, get the chance to try out some instruments on your own!

AUGUST 10 AT 11:00 AMPITTER PATTER PUPPETS by Mary Wilson with songs, silly stories, and audience participation.

If you have any questions about the Library’s summer reading program, please call the Children’s Desk at 508-539-1435 x 3001 or email Youth Services Librarian Annika at

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