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Kids Summer Reading 2023

Raise Your Voice (ages 0-12)

Come down and join the

Summer Reading Program

to read, explore, and oh so much more!

at the Needham Free Public Library

Welcome Readers!

When you sign up for Summer Reading, you will join the path through the World’s Fair to find your voice!  You’ll first receive a free book and a pass to the USS Constitution for signing up. As you read, you’ll follow the path down Science Street, Diversity Drive, Inclusion Lane and more! For every hour you read, you’ll earn a ticket for your school’s ticket jar. The school with the most tickets will win the Top Readers Trophy. The more you read, you’ll also earn prizes! And if you log 16 hours of reading, you’ll win another free book and will be entered into a raffle for a grand prize! Will you be able to make it all the way to the Concert Hall to sing your heart out?

Join the adventure online, download the mobile app (apple) (google play), or come to the library to get a paper log.

Don’t forget to help us out with our virtual sticker board here!

Arts & Crafts-

put your creative hands and minds to work and
create some beautiful works of art!

Encouraging Self Expression Through Art

Self Portraits for Kids

7 Fun Painting Ideas for Kids

LEGO Self-Portraits

Visit the Can You See Me? ART LAB at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston

Dive into an immersive hands-on art-making project involving photography, photo transfers, and self-exploration. Add your artwork to a growing display of visitor reflections and creations! Kids are always free at the ICA! You can also get passes from the library.

Discover outdoor art at the DeCordova Sculpture Park. Use their Scavenger Hunt to engage with art in new ways and to be inspired by the different ways you can express your creativity!

Music, Dance & Theater

Lace up those boots and get ready for some dancing!

Teach Kids Creative Self-Expression Through Dance

Make Your Own Puppets and Put on a Show

Help Kids Express Themselves Through Music

Check out a Ukelele from our Library of Things and learn to play some songs

Or throw a karaoke party by checking out our karaoke machine out of the library. Sing as loud as you can!

Go see a professional puppet show at the Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline
Go to the Folk Americana Roots Museum where you can learn about music history and also get a backstage tour of the famous Wang Theater. When you stand on the stage, imagine you’re singing to a packed crowd!

Celebrating Cultures & Who You Are

Explore the creative and diverse offerings around the world!

Read or read to your child about different cultures: Use a Bingo Sheet like this one to expand your child’s worldview and read about other cultures and perspectives

10 Popular Games from Around the World

Learn How to Say Hello in 10 Different Languages

5 Around the World Crafts to Celebrate Creativity and Diversity

Visit the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to discover art from around the world, as well as art and artifacts from ancient cultures. Check out passes from the library or go on a Wednesday night from 4pm-10pm for free.

Fruitland Museum Harvard, MA

Learn about other cultures: Visit the original 1843 Fruitlands Farmhouse; the Shaker Museum, the first such museum in the country; the Native American Museum, celebrating the history of indigenous peoples; the Wayside Visitor Center, a classroom, education, and exhibition space; and the Art Museum.

The Library will be closed September 22 for Staff Development