Teen Summer Library Club
What are Activity Badges?
Activity badges are things to do and reading-based activities that you earn additional points - meaning more prizes - for completing. All activity badges are optional, many can be done multiple times, and double-dipping is allowed.
- How does double-dipping work? If you listen to the audio book of Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas, it can be listed as a Read Along and #Own Voices.
- Special notes on activities calling for a photograph. 1) Nothing you submit will be shared unless you give permission. 2) Submitting a file on Google Forms requires a Google (gmail) account. If you don't have a Google account or aren't comfortable using it to complete an activity, you can email your submission to Casey at with the subject Teen Summer Library Club Activity Badge.
Things to Do
Attend a Library Event: Attending a library event, whether in person or virtual, is worth 5 points. This includes the Summer Library Club events as well events like the Summer Concert and the Maynard Sesquicentennial Series. Take & Make Kits are worth 1 point. To earn points, enter the code provided at the event or in the Take & Make Kit.
2021 Scavenger Hunts: There are 2 Scavenger Hunts this summer!
Mr. Mark's Scavenger Hunt: One of Mr. Mark's classic scavenger hunts is set up along the Storywalk (r). Download the scavenger hunt sheet and comb the area around the library to solve the riddle. To earn 5 points, enter the answer to the scavenger hunt riddle on Beanstack.
Teen Sumer Scavenger Hunt: Take a photo of each scavenger hunt item as you find them. Items can be found anywhere and in any form - you are encouraged to be creative when finding items! A printable Scavenger Hunt Sheet is available here or on Beanstack. Submit your photos through a Google Form (account needed) or email them to Casey. You can submit scavenger hunt photos one at a time or all at once, and in any order you choose. Each scavenger hunt item is worth 1 point, for a total of 10 points.
What are you looking for:
Squirrel; Something green; Unicorn; Endangered animal; Seashell; A book with dragons; Something that flies; Mascot; Something named after an animal; Something with a repeating pattern.
Weekly Caption This!, Animal Edition: Create a caption for the photo provided. A different photo will be available each week. To earn points, simply type your caption into Beanstack. Each photo caption is worth 1 point. You can submit multiple captions.
Weekly Would You Rather? Animal Edition: Choose between two different animal-themed options each week. A different question will be available each week. To earn points, answer the poll using Google Forms (no account needed). Each question is worth 1 point and can only be answered once.
Pet Portrait: Share a picture a pet you know and love - bonus kudos if they are reading! Anything you submit will only be seen by Casey, unless you give permission for her to share it.
To submit your photo, follow the link on Beanstack to a Google Form (account needed) or email it to Casey. Each photo is worth 1 point. This activity can be repeated.
Raise Your Voice: What cause or causes - such as racial justice, police reform, animal rights, climate change, immigration reform, women's rights, LGBTQIA+ rights - are you passionate about supporting? Design a protest sign! Physical or digital, one you've used at past protests or a new one. Anything you submit will only be seen by Casey, unless you give permission for her to share it.
To submit your image using Google Forms, you'll need a google (aka gmail) account or email it to Casey. Each design is worth 1 point. This activity can be repeated.
Trivia!: Share an interesting fact!
Submit your piece of trivia in the text box on Beanstack. Each fact is worth 1 point. This activity can be repeated.
Pay it Forward: Perform a random act of kindness, big or small, or spend 1 hour volunteering!
Describe what you've been doing in the text box on Beanstack. Each act is worth 1 point. This activity can be repeated.
Reading Buddies: Read a book or listen to an audio book with a friend or family member, or maybe throw a watch party for a movie or tv series. Whatever you choose, just do it together! You don't even have to be in the same room (or vehicle) - just read or watch it simultaneously or one right after the other and share your thoughts!
Enter the title of the book/movie/tv series and who you shared the experience with in the text box on Beanstack. Each title is worth 1 point. This activity can be repeated.
Categories: Read a book (or anything) in any or all of the following categories and submit the title and author to earn points. Each category counts as a separate activity, and double dipping is allowed (Ex: Audio book version of Divergent - Submit it for Read Along and Now a Major Motion Picture!) To earn points, enter the title and author into the appropriate text box. Each category is worth 1 point. Each category can be repeated.
#Own Voices & Diverse Characters: Read or listen to an audio book featuring diverse characters, whether they are POC, LGBTQ, or have disabilities. Click here for a list of some titles that meet this criteria (This is last years list - everything on it still counts, but an updated list will available soon).
Tails & Tales Picture Book Challenge: You're never too old to read a picture book! There are so many great picture books - including nonfiction - featuring animals, habitats, animal adaptations, and environmental protection. Read one or more this summer! A list of Casey & Mr. Mark's favorite fiction and nonfiction picture books fitting this theme will be available soon.
Based on a Book: Watch a movie, mini series, or at least 3 episodes of a TV series based on a book. Video games count, too. Click here for a list of page-to-screen titles.
Now a Major Motion Picture: Read a book or listen to an audio book that has been turned into a movie, mini series, television show, or video game. Book spin-offs from films and television shows count. Ex: Slayer by Kiersten White, set in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe or the Star Wars expanded universe titles. Click here for a list of page-to-screen titles.
Read Along: Listen to an audio book this summer!
New Book: Read a book or listen to an audio book found on the New Books shelves anywhere in the Maynard Library or anywhere else - like another library, the Silver Unicorn Bookstore in Acton, Amazon, Target - so long as it's labeled "NEW".
New-to-You: Try something new! This can mean trying a new format, such as graphic novels or audio books, a new author, or a new genre. You aren't limited to books! Try a new video game format, or watch something new on tv.
Nonfiction: Read or listen to a nonfiction title or watch a documentary.
Boston Bruins' Favorite Books: To celebrate the First Lady of the Commonwealth and Blades Challenge (if we reach the community goal of 96,000 minutes, Maynard is entered into a statewide raffle for Bruins' prizes), read a book off this list. It is from 2019, but includes some of the Bruins' players favorite books - books they've enjoyed reading as adults, favorite books from when they were kids, or books they enjoy reading with their kids.