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Kids Summer Reading 2024

Read, Renew, Repeat (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!

Recycled Art Projects: Using recycled objects to make crafts is a fun way to teach kids about the benefits of recycling.

A gift that keeps on giving: Make your own seed paper!

Project Terrarium: to help understand how the atmosphere works, make a terrarium to see the greenhouse effect

Milk/Juice Carton Bird Feeder: Tweet, tweet! Repurpose a carton into an easy DIY bird feeder for kids with this clever upcycled craft idea.

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! You can also get passes from the library.


Ready to learn something new? Look no further!

The story of fossil fuels: while the energy source we call ‘fossil fuels’ are older than the dinosaurs, we have only been using them for around 4000 years. Find out more!

Endangered Species: a number of species (animals and plants) on our planet are endangered for a variety of reasons. Read why they can be endangered and see a list of endangered animals here (including the red panda!)

Animal Types: what makes a mammal different from a reptile? A bird different from a shark? Learn about animal types and differences!

Ask a Scientist About Our Environment: Kids asked, scientists answered!

Climate Change and the Ocean: just like we affect the ocean, the ocean affects us as well. The New England Aquarium teaches us about how climate change affects us. You can also get passes to the aquarium from the library.

Every Kid Outdoors: a program created so fourth graders and their families could discover wildlife, resources, and history for free. The US is full of dazzling landscapes where you can play and learn. They protect our wildlife and resources. They let us look into the past and protect our history. Keeping them public supports a healthy planet.

Local Nature Reserves & Wildlife Sanctuaries:

Explore everything nature has to offer!

Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary: Mattapan, MA. Home to trails that traverse meadows, woods, and wetlands; home to over 150 species of birds, 40 species of butterflies, and more than 350 species of plants.

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge: Newburyport, MA. Home to more than 4,700 acres of diverse upland and wetland habitats which support more than 300 species of birds and additional species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and plants. The refuge also provides critical habitat for the federally threatened piping plover.

Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary: Lincoln, MA. Experience life on a working farm and explore a wildlife sanctuary at the same time.

Wolf Hollow (gray wolf sanctuary): Ipswich, MA. North American gray wolves are still very much a threatened species and the focus of the sanctuary on the preservation of the wolf in the wild through education and exposure.

Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge: Sudbury, MA. It is one of the eight refuges that make up the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex, with over 200 acres that provide habitat for native fish & wildlife, especially migratory birds and the Massachusetts threatened Blanding’s turtle.

Belle Island Marsh: East Boston, MA. Boston’s last remaining salt marsh offers unique views of plants and wildlife as you follow paths to the observation tower.

Garden in the Woods (Native Plant Trust): Framingham, MA. Set on 45 acres, it includes two miles of paths that meander over glacier-sculpted ridges and through narrow valleys and displays rare and common native New England plants in a naturalistic setting. The garden is maintained by the Native Plant Trust, which works throughout New England to monitor and protect rare and endangered plants, collect and bank seeds for biological diversity, control invasive species, conduct research, and educate the public. You can also get passes from the library.

Mass Audubon: multiple locations. Mass Audubon has over 55 wildlife sanctuaries and centers throughout Massachusetts where visitors can learn about and interact with nature. You can also get passes from the library.