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 “Read Beyond the Beaten Path.” This program runs from June 27th – August 13th. Each week that you read one hour or more you’ll be entered into the weekly raffle for local gift cards and other great prizes.

Adopt a Stuffed Cat: This year, each child who signs up for the Summer Reading Program will “adopt” a cat stuffed animal. Each child will get a bag with their pet cat, an adoption certificate, and information on how to care for their cat. We encourage children to read to their pet cat for 15 minutes per day, four days per week to meet the summer reading challenge and earn their chance to be entered into the weekly raffle.

Complete 7 hours of reading this summer 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.

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