Summer Reading

Happy Summer! You are invited to join the Sunderland Public Library on a reading adventure. We have programs for Youth (ages 0 -10) and Young Adults (ages 11 -18).

Youth Summer Reading Program

Children ages 0 -10 are invited to participate in our Summer Reading Program “Imagine Your Story.” This program runs from July 1st – August 14th. Each participant will receive a prize for signing up, and you’ll be entered into the weekly raffle for local gift cards each
week that you read.

Complete 7 hours of reading to finish the challenge and receive an ice
cream gift certificate! What counts as reading?  Being read to, reading to someone, reading to yourself, audiobooks, magazines, eBooks, graphic novels, books from home, and anything else you can think of.  As long as you are enjoying stories it counts!  

You can track your reading using our NEW online summer reading software, Beanstack, or on a paper log available at the library. Use Beanstack to log your reading, earn badges, and write reviews of your favorite books! Visit to try Beanstack out today. We have also created some simple instructions to get you started using Beanstack.

Would you rather track your reading on our traditional paper log? Download and print out a copy here. You can also contact us to request that we print a copy for you, and pick it up at our curbside.

Play at Home Bingo

We have created a special Bingo card filled with fun challenges and activities for kids. Complete one row of challenges (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally) and submit the Bingo Card to the library by July 31st, and you could win a Target Gift Card. Bingo Cards may be mailed to the library or a picture of it may be emailed to the library. Challenges include “Make Someone Smile!” “Read in a Fort” and so much more!

Grab & Go Craft Kits

Create hands-on crafts at home with our Grab and Go Craft Bags. We will be giving out everything you need to make a cool craft at home! Pick up bags outside the library’s back door patio every Friday this summer from 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM.

Story Walks

Each Friday July – August we will also be offering a Story Walk (weather
permitting). What’s a Story Walk? It’s pages from a picture book posted on
stakes that you read as you enjoy a walk! Each week we will feature a
different story, and the Story Walks will start at the Library entrance and will lead you around the perimeter of the building.

Virtual Story Time

Since we can’t host you for story time just yet, we are bringing story time to you! We will be recording a story time video each week for you to watch from home. You can find our virtual story times at A new video will be posted each Friday morning.

Weekly Online Lego Club Challenge

Each week the library will present a new challenge to inspire young Lego engineers. The weekly challenge will be posted on the library’s website and Facebook page on Wednesday. Email us a picture of your completed project
(, and each week we will select one lucky winner whose work will be shared on the library’s Facebook Page and Website.

Summer Reading Podcasts

Tickets to the Northfield Drive-In

We have partnered with the Northfield Drive-In on a special screenings JUST for library patrons! Every Wednesday in July & August they will offer a film that goes along our Summer Reading theme of Imagine Your Story. Sunderland Public Library is offering 5 free carload tickets to each film each week. Tickets may be picked up at the library Monday – Wednesday of each week and are only good for the current week’s film. Please contact us the day you are able to pick up the tickets and we can set them aside until you pick them up later that day. We cannot make reservations further in advance. Please see the poster below for more information and for the schedule of films.

Thank you to the Northfield Drive-In and the Friends of Sunderland Public Library for sponsoring this opportunity.