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SUMMER READING

Our program runs Monday, June 28 through Saturday, August 21. There will be special prizes, programs, and incentives to keep readers engaged during the summer holiday. This year’s theme is Tales and Tails; join the Library in exploring imagination through reading and our exciting virtual events.

 

READING CHALLENGES

Little Readers Challenge (Babies-PreK)

To complete this challenge, read 10 books and complete 10 activities. Upon completion you'll be automatically entered to win the Little Readers Prize Basket. To participate, sign up online using Beanstack (Beanstack guide below)

Summer Reading Challenge (K-Gr 5)

This summer reading challenge is a combination of reading books, writing reviews, and completing activities. You'll earn prizes along the way and earn tickets to put into the drawing for the prize basket of your choice! To participate, sign up online using Beanstack (Beanstack guide below). 

Tween & Teen Reading Challenge (Gr. 6-12)

This summer challenge is a combination of reading time and activities. Earn free books & prizes along the way and earn tickets to put into the drawing for the prize of your choice! To participate, sign up online using Beanstack (Beanstack guide below).

*NEW* Adult Summer Reading Challenge 

Read three books this summer and you'll be entered to win a prize! To participate, sign up online using Beanstack (Beanstack guide below).

Guide to Using Beanstack

We have a new online program for you, powered by Beanstack. Beanstack is a web and mobile application used to track your reading and activities. You will earn badges in addition to your prizes.

  1. Sign Up: Got to louttitlibrary.beanstack.org. Register an Individual or Family, or sign in if you have an account. When registering a family, you will enter adult sign-up information first, then add the reader sign-up information. Add all your family members from 0-18! You will see the Challenge for the reader you are signing up.

  2. Log Reading & Activities: Start logging your reading and activities! Using a web browser? Look in the top left corner for the log button. Who are you logging for? Reader’s name appears under Log button. Click on drop-down arrow to change reader. You can add another reader from here too.

  3. Earn Badges & Prizes: As readers work through their challenge, they’ll earn badges and tickets to collect prizes!

  4. Here is a summary about how to put in your tickets in Beanstack:

TAKE HOME PROGRAMS

Crafty Thursdays

We'll have a new take home craft kits available every Thursday for pick-up from the library. The kit will have all the pieces of the craft.

STEAM Mondays

We'll have a new STEAM kits available to take home every two weeks on a first come-first served basis. Dates for new kits: June 28, July 12, July 26 and Aug. 9. Recommended for Gr. PreK-3

Teen Take and Makes

We'll have new take and make kits available to take home every two weeks on a first come-first served basis. Dates for new kits: June 28, July 12, July 26 and Aug. 9 For Gr. 6+

 
 

VIRTUAL PROGRAMS

VIRTUAL PROGRAMS

First Chapter Friday - Kids & Teens

Listen to Ms. Stephanie reading the first chapter of a book. New books posted on Fridays.

Picture Book Previews

Check out a short video of a new picture book!

 

Virtual Stories

Check out our Virtual Storytime page on the website and enjoy storytime with Ms. Stephanie from the comfort of your home!

 IN-PERSON  PROGRAMS

BOOK CLUBS

Registration is required for all book clubs. We will meet outside, in the pavilion behind the library. Participants in all book clubs will receive a free copy of the book. To register, email Ms. Stephanie.

Elementary Graphic Novel Club Gr. 3-5

Thursday, July 8 at 2 p.m.

We'll discuss the graphic novel Click followed by an activity and craft.

 

Early Reader Book Club (Gr. K-2)

Monday, July 12 at 2 p.m.

We'll read and discuss the book Hello, Crabby followed by an activity and craft.

RI Middle School Book Award Book Club Gr. 6-8

Thursday, July 15 at 11 a.m.

We'll discuss the graphic novel Twins followed by an activity and craft.

Kids Read Across RI Gr. 4-7

Monday, July 26 at 2 p.m.

We'll discuss the book Becoming Muhammad Ali followed by an activity and craft.

Teen Book Club Gr. 8-12

Thursday, July 29 at 11 a.m.

We'll discuss the graphic novel Mooncakes followed by an activity and craft.

ART LABS

Join Ms. Kristen from The Creative Space to create cool art work! These classes will be in person and supplies will be provided to each participant. Sessions are held Tuesdays @ 2 p.m. Registration required.

Kids Art Labs Gr. 2-5:

July 6: Unicorn Collage

July 13: Drawing a shark

July 27: Color Mixing

Aug 3: Paint Pour

Teen Art Labs Gr. 6-12:

June 29: Sponge Painting

July 20: OP Art

Aug 10: Paint Pour

YOGA IN LIVING COLOR FOR TEENS GR. 6+

Wednesday, July 21 @ 10 a.m.

Join local yoga teacher Jess D., for this fun and messy yoga class. You will practice yoga on your canvas and have pastels on your feet and hands and your movement will create colorful abstract artwork. After class you'll have the option to cut out your favorite part of your artwork and frame it! (NOTE: Wear clothing that can get messy!) Registration required.

TERRARIUMS

Thursday, August 5, Grades 6+ at 11 a.m. and grades 1-5 at 2 p.m.

Join Ms. Stephanie out in the town pavilion to create a terrarium! Registration required.

FIDDLE N FUN

Thursday, August 12 at 11 a.m.

Fiddle 'N' Fun is back for an outdoor concert and musical experience. Bring your own blanket and spread out around the town pavilion to enjoy the show! Recommended for Gr. PreK-4. Families welcome.

 

RECOMMENDED READS

Picture Books, Juvenile Fiction, Tween Reads, and YA Books

THE THINGITY-JIG

KATHLEEN DOHERTY

Picture Book: "Bear wanders into people town and discovers a springy thing, a bouncy thing—a sit-on-it, jump-on-it thing!" (Google Books)

SWITCHED

BRUCE HALE

Juvenile Fiction: "When an intense round of tug-of-war leaves a boy and dog with bumped heads, they wake up to the biggest disaster yet: They’ve switched bodies!" (Bruce Hale)

SOUL LANTERNS

SHAW KUZKI

Tween Read: "The haunting and poignant story of a how a young Japanese girl’s understanding of the historic and tragic bombing of Hiroshima is transformed by a memorial lantern-floating ceremony." (Penguin Random House)

MORE RECOMMENDATIONS

Picture Books

Edmund the Elephant Who Forgot by Kate Dalgleish. Edmund is a very forgetful elephant. Can his friend Colin the Cricket help him to remember?

Juvenile Fiction

The World Between Blinks by Amie Kaufman and Ryan Graudin. Discover a wondrous world where lost things are found, and where two cousins must come face-to-face with the impossible.

Tween Reads

Rivals by Tommy Greenwald. The rivalry between two Walthorne Middle Schools is legendary. Basketball stars Austin Chambers and Carter Haswell are both feeling the pressure when school sports reporter Alfie Jenks reveals scandals that jeopardize the whole season.

Find more recommendations for middle-graders on our Youtube channel.

YA Fiction

Golden Arm by Carl Deuker. Lazarus Weathers, a high school senior from the wrong side of the tracks, seeks to protect his half-brother while pitching his way out of poverty, one strike at a time.

Fable by Adrienne Young. As the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home Fable has ever known. To survive she kept to herself, learned to trust no one and relied on the unique skills her mother taught her. Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to demand her rightful place beside her father.

 

STORYWALK©

Take a walk along the trail behind the library and read a picture book along the way! On the library front porch you'll find a map to the trail and your storywalk© stops.  You can also pick up a craft to go with the story! No registration required, simply stop by and take a stroll.