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Kids Summer Reading Challenge 2017

Kids Summer Reading Challenge 2017

June 21 - September 1, 2017

Click here to register for a Beanstack Summer Reading account. Already Registered? Click here to sign in!

Summer is the perfect time to read for fun!  Sign up for Mayor Setti Warren's Summer Reading Challenge!

Kids in preschool through rising 5th graders can use our online reading log to keep track of the time spent reading alone (or with parents, siblings or friends). Audiobooks and eBooks count too! 

This summer, we are working toward one community goal: 1,000,000 minutes read!  If we achieve our goal, a generous donor will give the library a prize that will be here for all of us to use and enjoy. Once you're signed up for your reading log, you will be able to vote for one of three community prizes. The prize that receives the most votes is the one that will be donated if we achieve our goal.

At the End of Summer Reading Celebration we wil let you know if we together read1,000,000 minutes, and if so, what prize received the most votes. The prize choices are:

- puppet theater

- comfy seats for the graphic section

- Ozobots

Minutes read toward our 1 million minute goal: 920,137 (updated 8/28)

Programs and Special Events

There are so many wonderful programs at the Library this summer!  Check out our events calendar so you can join in on the fun.

  • On Saturday Sept. 9th, 2-4pm, join Mayor Warren in celebrating the accomplishments of our summer readers at a special ice cream celebration courtesy of Cabot's!  Mayor Warren will congratulate all readers.There will  be an interactive concert for kids of all ages from 3:00-4:00 by Roger Tincknell, Songs for a Better world Family Concert, and temporary tattoos for tweens and teens bu Noureen Design 2-4 pmFestivities will be held in front of the Newton Free Library at the Homer Street Entrance (or in Druker Auditorum in case of rain) and will include activities for children, tweens, teens and adults, so bring the whole family. 

    Songs For a Better world Family Concert: An interactive program of multicultural children’s songs and sing-alongs from around the world performed on a variety of instruments including guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica, Russian balalaika and African drum. Children will be invited to sing, dance, imitate animals and play Latin percussion instruments


Build a Better World is sponsored by your local library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.