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Kids Summer Reading 2019



Summer Reading celebrates reading by encouraging kids, teens and families to read for pleasure all summer long. This is a non-competitive program that truly is for everyone. We hope to see you in the library and at the many events we have planned. 

The 2019 Summer Reading Program will begin with a Kickoff Event on Tuesday, June 18 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM.  Please join us to sign up for summer reading (you can do it any time after this date if you can't make it to kick off,) and among other things get a temporary tattoo, play games, take a picture at our Photo Booth, and Touch-a Truck (weather permitting!) This event is for all ages and does not require registration.

We have lots of fun and activities planned to keep you coming back to the library for more books to read and a chance to turn in your Book token for every hour you read. In addition to the following special programs we have Lego Club, Family Movies, and Crafternoons planned. Please check in the library, on our Summer Reading Calendar, on our Kids Events Page and on the library calendar for all the programs. Please check here for information on our weekly story hours, ages, and times.


Registration is required for most of our larger, special programs and there is a limit on how many people we can have attend. (We love to fill the Copeland Room, but need to be mindful of the safety limits.) We take walk in registration at the library for the first three days and after that we will take phone or email registrations. Most of our larger events run 50 - 60 minutes. Check our Summer Reading Calendar for registration details. 

We ask everybody to help us make our programs enjoyable for our performers and our audience. We offer programs for all ages, and not all programs are meant for all ages. Please note the age or grade requirements which we establish in partnership with our presenters. And caregivers, please model good behavior for our younger participants and help them with their listening ears and their participation when appropriate. 

Programs for kids of all ages!

Summer Reading Kickoff-    Tuesday, June 18 from 2:00 - 4:00
Magic by Scott Jameson-     Wednesday, June 19 @ 11:00
Family Board Games-          Thursday, June 20 from 12:00 - 5:00
Rocket Story Walk-               Friday, July 12 @ 1:00
Family Movie-                       Friday, July 19 @ 2:00
Family Movie-                       Friday, August 2 @ 2:00

Programs for our youngest kids!

Circle of Songs with Hugh Hanley     Thursday, June 27 @ 10:30     ages newborn - 5
Sing-A-Long with Mama Steph          Thursday, July 18 @ 11:15     ages newborn - 5
Rolie Polie Guacamole                      Thursday, August 1 @ 11:15    ages 3 and up


Programs for our younger kids!

Crafternoon                                 Wednesday June 26 from 3:30 - 4:30      grades 1 and up
Lego Club                                    Wednesday, July 3 @ 3:30     grades 1 and up
Hampstead Stage Company       Wednesday, July 17 @ 2:00 grades 1 and up
Museum of Science: Reptiles      Thursday, July 25     @ 2:00   grades K and up
Lego Club                                    Thursday, August 1 @ 3:30     grades 1 and up
Act!vated Story Theatre               Wednesday, August 7     @ 2:00   grades 1 and up


Programs for our older kids!

Lunch Bunch               Thursday, June 27 @ 12:00     grades 4 - 6
Pop Up Art School      Thursday, July 11 @ 1:00 - 2:30     grades 3 - 6
K'Nex Workshop          Wednesday, July 24 @ 3:30     grades 3 - 6
Lunch Bunch2             Tuesday, August 6 @ 12:00     grades 4 - 6



Why is reading during the summer important?

Reading during the summer months helps improve reading skills and prevent learning loss during the break from the school routine. Children who read four or more books over the summer fare better on reading comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one or no books over the summer. Check out how you can participate and encourage others to read this summer.

Reading as a part of the Summer Reading Program is extra special because all the time children, teens and families spend reading together or on their own this summer will go towards helping two endangered animals- a Black Rhinocerous and a Giant Panda.  For each hour spent reading or being read to Summer Readers are invited to visit the library and write their name on a Book token.  Tokens will be counted and exchanged for funds donated by the Friends of the Library at the end of the summer. We also will have a very active Children's Room Bingo Board as well as Scratchies for assorted prizes for being part of our library family.

Thank you to a few special supporters!

Summer Reading at the Abington Public Library would not be possible without the help of some generous community supporters. 

Thank you to the Friends of the Library, the Anderson Foundation Cultural Series, the Joyce Lee Bumpus Fund,and  the Fund in Memory of Melba Smith for providing some of the supplies for our summer programs as well as funding for all of our outside performers who visit the library!

Thank you to the Teen Advisory Board for their help at our Kick-Off Celebration and our Family Movie Series throughout the summer.

Thank you to the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners for bringing Summer Reading to the state's public libraries!

Funding for our library programs is generously provided by the Anderson Foundation,
the Friends of the Library, the Melba Smith Fund, and the Joyce Lee Bumpus Fund.

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