Beyond the Beaten Path (ages 4-12)
Come down and join the
Summer Reading Program
at the Needham Free Public Library
to read, explore, and oh so much more!
- sign up
- log your time spent reading
- win prizes!
- Read for 16 hours or more over the summer and log by August 15th for a chance to win grand prizes!
When you sign up for Summer Reading you will join Adventure Trail Camp and receive your brag tag and neck chain. Wear them proudly. As you read, follow the trail through the Reading River and the Forest of Facts and more! Earn pony beads to add to your neck chain and digital badges for each 2 hours of reading you do. Will you be able to make it all the way to the camporee by reading for 16 hours this summer? Join the adventure online, download the mobile app (apple) (google play), or come to the library to get a paper log.
Early Literacy Summer Reading (ages 0-3)
- Sign up
- Read aloud to your little one
- Log the time you spend reading together
- Win prizes for your child and potentially yourself as well!
The S’more the merrier!
Receive a USS Constitution Museum pass and a free book for the child when you sign up. Receive digital
badges and early literacy tips for each hour of reading logged. Receive a coupon for a free small ice
cream cone for logging 5 hours of reading. Receive a free book for the child and a chance to win a grand
prize for yourself after logging 10 hours of reading.
put your creative hands and minds to work and create some beautiful and useful tools from nature!
Hiking & Nature Walks-
Lace up those shoes and get ready for a ‘big explore’!
Looking to start hiking with your little ones? Here are some helpful tips to get you started!
Not ready for a big hike? You can explore nature anywhere outside! Check out these fun activities:
- 30 Things to Do In Your Neighborhood
- Nature Scavenger Hunt Game
- Nature Bingo
- Activity Sheets through Mass Audubon
- Nature Scavenger Hunt
- iNaturalist-take photos of wildlife, explore and share your observations from the natural world.
You can also connect with other families who hike with small children at HikeItBaby.com
Camping & National State Parks-
Every year, beginning September 1, all kids in the fourth grade have access to their own Every Kid Outdoors pass at www.everykidoutdoors.gov. This pass provides free access to national parks across the country for all fourth graders and their families!
Use this Trip Tip Self-Guided Family Adventures Guide to explore 20+ MA State Parks.
Looking to start camping with your little ones? Here are some helpful tips to get you started!
Use this handy checklist to make sure kids have everything they need.
Tired of the same old s’mores? Here are 27 Different Ways to Make S’mores!
Birding & Stargazing-
Easy Ways to Get Kids Birding from The Audubon Society
How to Introduce Kids to Birding by Birds & Bloom Magazine
Identify the birds you spot with your kids using the Cornell eBird app.
Learn more about birds at the Museum of Science virtual Bird Flight Patterns exhibit
Summer is a great time for stargazing with kids. Get started using these guides:
A Kid’s Guide to Stargazing from the Museum of Natural History