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Summer Reading : Tails and Tales

Summer Reading For Kids

Ages 4-12 Rescue a Baby Rhino!

Read, be read aloud to, or listen to audiobooks. Log the time you spend reading online or on paper. Return paper logs to the library by August 9. Win Prizes for signing up. Get a free book and be entered in a raffle to win more prizes for reading 16 hrs. over the summer. Go on an animal safari right here in Needham! Be the hero in a summer-long fictional story in which you travel through a jungle to save a baby rhino!

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.

Summer Reading for Tweens and Teens

Globetrotting Adventures Ahoy!

Tweens and Teens will log the books they read (their choice) between June 7, 2021 and August 12, 2021. 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 across the globe collecting animals as they go. For both online trackers and paper trackers: for every 5 books read, you will be given another opportunity for a small physical prize (with some fun along the way). Every book read will get you a ticket toward a grand prize drawing at the end of the summer and a chance at a weekly drawing throughout the summer.

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 GRAND prizes (2 $25 gift cards, a sports package, and 1 electronic prize yet to be determined!) drawn at the conclusion of the Tail-End of the Summer Party!

These two buttons will take you to aggregated lists of the recommended titles on the middle school lists this year in multiple formats, both physical and virtual! Take a look!

Statewide summer Reading with First Lady of the Commonwealth and Blades Summer Reading Challenge!

Library wide challenge for ages 0-18

Summer Reading for Adults Ages 18 and Up!

The Globetrotting Adventure continues!

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, Kanopy? Look no further! The challenge of a Summer Reading Bingo Board can help you narrow down and cross things off that checklist!


Summer Reading is coming to a close soon, so get those books read and tracked online through beanstack or turn them in at the Reference Desk to see what you may have won!