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Summer Reading 2022 : Read Beyond the Beaten Path

Needham Free Public Library - SUMMER READING!
Read Beyond the Beaten Path
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Summer Reading is once again upon us, so get those book lists ready and go to beanstack to register for 1 (or several) of our reading programs! Paper Tracking is still very much an option for a few of our reading programs. Physical sheets can be picked up and turned in to the Children’s Desk for the Children’s Reading Programs, or the Adult Reference Desk for the Adult Program!

*Preregistration has opened for all Summer Reading Specific Programs on Monday, May 2, 2022.
Logging will begin on June 1st!

Summer Reading For Kids

Ages 4-12!

Children (or adults) will log the amount of time they spend reading books of their choice. They may read independently, be read aloud to, or listen to audiobooks. As you log the amount of time you spend reading, you will receive rewards along the way, including free books, ice cream and more!

Click the button above to get to the summer reading suggestions for the local elementary schools linked to the Needham Public Library catalog and e-content when available!

Early Literacy Ages 0-3

Adults log on paper or online the time spent reading aloud to the child. Receive a prize for signing up. Be
entered in a raffle to win a prize for reading aloud to the child for 10 hrs. over the summer.

Read Beyond the Beaten Path
iRead Summer Reading at it's best!
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Summer Reading for Tweens and Teens!

Get your adventure on with a good book!

Tweens and Teens will log the books they read (Books of their choice that are age appropriate) between June 1, 2022 and September 2, 2022. They may read independently, be read aloud to, or listen to audiobooks.

Tweens and Teens Grades 6 – 12 who register online will embark on a journey through the outdoors collecting badges as they go. Track books online with Beanstack. Every book read will get you a spin on the prize wheel and an entry toward a grand prize drawing at the end of the summer and a chance at a bi-monthly drawing throughout the summer!

Bi-monthly drawings will differ each time, some will be for a gift card, others may actually get you the chance to win a set of 2 (or 4) tickets to a RED SOX Game (courtesy of Fidelity Bank in Needham!)

This year’s prizes are going to be similar to last year, gift cards to local establishments (Abbott’s Frozen Custard, Dunkin Donuts, and places of your choosing around town), as well as 4 or 6 GRAND prizes (3 $25 gift cards, a sports package, 1 larger camping themed prize!) drawn at the conclusion of the End of the Summer Party!

When they are available/have been finalized by the schools: These buttons will take you to the provided school lists of the recommended titles on the middle school lists this year in multiple formats, both physical and virtual! Take a look! (Actual button content coming soon, not yet available as of 5/21/22)

Summer Reading for Adults (ages 18+)!

Read Away the Summer!

Looking for some extra motivation to read that 400 + page book?, Looking to be inspired by new genres or alternate formats (Books on CD, Playaway, or digitally through Hoopla or Overdrive?), how about checking out one of our film databases like Kanopy? Look no further! The challenge of a Summer Reading Bingo Board can help you narrow down, cross things off that checklist, and win PRIZES!

To participate in our 2022 Adult Summer Reading Program (for ages 18+) follow these easy steps:

1. Sign up online at needhamma.beanstack.org

2. Come to the Reference Desk for a coupon for a FREE book from the Friends of the Needham Public Library Bookshop!

3. Check out our awesome Bingo sheet.

4. Follow the prompts in the bingo squares. For every book read and logged in Beanstack- get a raffle ticket. Complete a row of 5 (any direction), and get an additional raffle ticket!

5. Keep filling in those rows for up to 5 extra chances to win great prizes all summer long!

6. Bonus points if you complete the whole board!


4 Page Bingo Board Guide:

  • Page 1: Bingo Board- Follow the prompt for each bingo square! (*Remember, a book can only count for 1 category not multiple, so choose wisely!*)
  • Page 2: Instructions for how to register (and how to get your free Friends Bookshop coupon!) and how to track your reading on Beanstack.
  • Page 3: Page to record your what you read/listened to/watched for each Bingo square. (This is for your own records/knowledge- don’t forget to log each book on Beanstack to be entered to win a prize!)
  • Page 4: Adult Summer Reading Events!

Adult Summer Reading Prizes

Log your books in Beanstack throughout the Summer to be entered into biweekly raffle drawings for $25 gifts cards to local businesses!

Complete a row of 5 squares- get an extra raffle entry! Complete the whole board- get bonus points!

Grand prize- a $100 gift card- will be drawn September 6th!

WiFi is available throughout the building. The Library is nowMask Friendly.