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2023 Children's Summer Reading Club

June 22 - August 12th

The moon has lots of craters

And great rocks for what it's worth,
But our club's got the prize wheel
So you're better off on Earth!
-Mr. Mark

Dear Kids:

If you join the summer reading club you'll get to:

a. Spin the Summer Reading Prize Wheel - if you read for 2 1/2 hours a week. (Follow the link on Beanstack to schedule a Wheel Spinning time.)

b. Qualify for the grand raffle with a chance to win The Big One - a bicycle, if you read for 24 hours over six weeks.

c. Become really, really smart and boss everyone around - okay the "smart" part is true - the "boss" part is not!

And don't forget.....

Tuesdays at 3:30pm - Outdoor Storytime in Memorial Park - ages 3 and over (rain location: Storytime Room at the Library)

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Click here to log your reading!


There's an App for Summer Reading!

Available in the App Store and Google Play

Need help using Beanstack?

Using Beanstack Guide

Using the Beanstack App

Reading and Reporting Dates

Summer Readers can begin logging their reading on June 22.

Reporting Dates: Log online with Beanstack! Paper logs are also available on request.

Spin the Wheel:  The Prize Wheel is back! Spin the wheel on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday each week, with four Saturday Spins scheduled. Simply read two and a half hours Monday through Sunday and log them on Beanstack before 11:59pm on Sunday night to qualify! There are weekly Logging Badges to help you track your progress towards each wheel spin.

Didn't read for two and a half hours? Stop by to chat with Mr. Mark and pick up the weekly prize for the reading you did do!

The Prize Wheel will be set up outside on the patio (to the right of the book drop) on:

Wednesdays, 2:30-4:30 pm

Thursdays, 3:00-6:00 pm

Fridays, 2:00-3:45pm.

Saturdays, July 8, July 15, August 5, August 12, 12:00-1:30 pm

Wheel spinning ends on August 12.

Summer Activities


Come into the Library for scavenger hunts, puzzles, crafts, and other great challenges!

Summer Take & Make Kits

June 28: Mini Travel Art
July 5: Pom-Pom Poppers
July 19: Clothespin Vehicles
July 26: Color a Squishy
August 2: Puppet Theater
August 16: Microphone
August 23: Magnetic Bookmark

Summer Events

These are just a few of the summer children's events. See the Library calendar for more programs, including a whalemobile, high-flying dogs, ukuleles, and an animal show!

Annual Read-a-Thon

Thursday, June 22, 2023

10:00am-1:00pm at Memorial Park

(Rain location: 3rd Floor of the Library)

For the Read-a-thon you'll get to:

a. Read to raise money for children's programs like animal and music shows

b. Get to eat free pizza and drinks

c. Get your name in the paper (and feel like a big shot)

d. Read live and in-person outdoors (June 22) and continue over the weekend in your house (June 23-25)


Get pledges from friends and family for each page that you read (ex. $.05 or $.10 cents a page).

Donate to the "Friends of the Maynard Public Library"

**Crucial Announcement**

Donate $10 and win a gift certificate from Erikson's - Donate $50 or more to win three Erikson's certificates.

Click here to download the pledge sheet.

Summer Reading Club Kick-Off Movie Event

Wednesday, June 28

10:45 AM at the Fine Arts Theatre


Get ready, gang. All of the members of our Maynard Public Library Summer Reading Club are invited to the Fine Arts Theatre for an exclusive FREE screening of a first-run motion picture. 

If you join the Club, you'll be given elite access to meet in the lobby of the theater at 10:45am and we'll all be viewing the new Pixar film ElementalBut don't forget, as soon as the movie's over, it's time to start reading.

Tiny Art Show

Kits available beginning Wednesday, July 12

In-person Painting Events:

Wednesday, July 12, 2:00-4:00pm

Monday, July 17, 1:00-4:00pm

Tuesday, July 25, 6:00-8:00pm


Roosevelt Room Gallery Show: July 29-August 18

Paint a 3"x3" canvas at home or attend one of the three in-person painting events. Return the artwork by Wednesday, July 26, for it to be included in a gallery show in the Roosevelt Room.


Open to all ages! No registration needed.

The Maynard Truck Parade

Wednesday, July 19

11:00am-12:30pm at the Maynard High School Field

(Rain date: TBD)


What are our two favorite things in the world - books and trucks, right? But we can't fit the trucks in the library so you're all invited to the Maynard High School field to view the third annual Truck Parade. We'll all be watching as the fire trucks, rescue vehicles, police cars, dump trucks, diggers, and the most important truck--what am I talking about?--the ice cream truck drive around us in a big procession--a true vehicular vista! Afterwards, we'll all line up behind the two, yes, two ice cream trucks for not just ice cream - FREE ice cream.

End-of-Summer Pool Party & Raffle Extravaganza 

Date & Time TBA

At the Thoreau Club

What are our two favorite summer activities? Reading and swimming, of course! At this event you'll have the chance to do both - not at the same time, hopefully. 

To celebrate all the great reading everybody did, we're all heading, yes, to the Thoreau Club for our end-of-summer pool party and raffle. We'll take a nice dip in the pool and when we're through swimming, it'll be time for the Final Raffle. Everyone who read for at least 24 hours over the six weeks of the program will qualify and one lucky reader will drive off with the grand prize, the Big One - a bicycle!

More information and registration coming soon.

Many thanks to...

Find Your Voice, the Massachusetts Statewide Summer Library Program, is funded by the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. It is also sponsored by the Friends of the Maynard Public Library, the Institute of Museum and Library Services with support from the National Women’s Hockey League team Boston Pride.

The theme of "Find Your Voice" and related artwork is provided iRead and the Illinois Library Association. Artwork used in the Children's program was created by Angela Dominguez, Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley, Hannah Templar, and Michaela Goade.

Also many thanks to all those who donated prizes for weekly prizes, the Prize Wheel, and the Final Raffle.

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