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Summer 2022: Read Beyond the Beaten Path
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Tues. June 21 - Sat. August 13, 2022
For ages 12-18
(Middle & High School Students)

Questions? Email Casey at
or call 978-897-1010 x102

Congratulations on reading for 442 hours in 2021!

About the Teen Summer Library Club

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How it works:

  • Earn points for reading¹ and completing activities²

  • 1 hour of Reading = 1 pt; 1 Activity = 1 pt.

  • Every 10 points you earn awards you a prize.

  • Attend a library event, participate in Nature Bingo, or read a 2022 Teen Choice Book Award Nominee for more points!

¹ Reading includes anything related to Summer Homework; print books & eBooks; audio & digital audio books; magazines & newspapers; comics, graphic novels, mangas, & webcomics; Wikipedia articles; fanfiction... ANY READING COUNTS. Even wordless picture books & graphic novels!

² Click here for details about Activities

How to Join:

This year's online Summer Library Club is hosted by Beanstack. To join, go to the Maynard Summer Library Club Portal and fill out the registration form. Be sure to include an e-mail address and phone number so you can be contacted about prizes.

Did you participate last year in either the Childrens' or Teen programs? Great! You can log in with the same username and password as last year.

Track Your Reading:

Log your reading by clicking on the "Log Reading" button in the upper left corner of the Summer Library Club. You can add a review (worth 1 point) as you log your reading or by clicking on the "Add a Review" button.



All Activities are listed under the Activity Badges tab. Some need a title and author to finish, some may require uploading a photo, some are simple confirmations, and some are short answer.

Did You Know?

Beanstack has an app that lets you track your reading right on your phone!

It's available in the App Store and in Google Play.

Beanstack Help Guides

Coming Soon




Check out the 2022 Prize Catalog!

Prizes will be available starting Monday, June 27. Select them online or stop by the 3rd Floor. 


Nature Bingo

Begins Tuesday, July 5

Download a Nature BINGO card for added summer fun!

You can get Bingo by completing a row, a column, or a diagonal. You can get prizes for up to 3 Bingos per card.
Bingo Cards will be available beginning Tuesday, July 5 and can be turned in for prizes until August 20.

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Mr. Mark's Scavenger Hunt

Begins Tuesday, July 5

The Ice Cream Tour Scavenger Hunt! Find all 16 clues to solve crack the code and answer the riddle! Available on the 3rd Floor. 

Daily Cryptid Scavenger Hunt

Begins Monday, June 27

A pair of the most famous cryptids in the world - a yeti and the Loch Ness Monster - have decided to spend their summer at the Maynard Public Library! Each day, they will be hiding in a new place, and they can be on any of the three floors.

Plush Yeti and Loch Ness Monster

Summer Events


Mug Meals

Try delicious and easy recipes that need very little to come out great - a mug and a microwave! Stop by and try the recipe! Registration requested so there will be enough ingredients for everyone. 

This program will meet one Friday a month on the 3rd Floor at 1:00pm June - August

Friday, June 24: Pizza-dillas

Friday, July 15: S'mores Mug Cake

Friday, August 12: Strawberry Crumble Cake

For information on ingredients, please email Casey at

Needle Felting Beach Scene Take & Make Kit or Watch Party

Kits available beginning Saturday, June 18
Watch Party:

Saturday, July 9
10:30am, in the Roosevelt Room, 1st Floor


Do on your own time using an instructional video or attend the Watch Party and follow along as a group!

Video available June 18 - July 17.

Register for a Kit

Register for the Watch Party

Wreck This Masterpiece

Friday, July 8

3:00pm in the Roosevelt Room

No registration needed.

You’ve heard of the Mona Lisa? How about the paintings American Gothic, Washington Crossing the Delaware, or Christina’s World? Put your own twist on these and other masterpieces using stickers, magazine cutouts, and more.

Tiny Art Show

Kits available beginning Wednesday, July 13

Or attend an In-person Painting Event:

Tuesday, July 19, 7:00-8:30pm

Saturday, July 23, 10:30am-12:00pm

No registration needed.

Paint a 3"x3" canvas at home or attend one of the two In-person painting events. Return the artwork by Saturday, July 30 for it to be included in a gallery show in the Roosevelt Room.

The Tiny Art Show will be on display from August 4 - August 20. 

Outdoor Art

Thursday, July 28

2:30pm on the Library's Front Lawn

(Rain date: Friday, July 29)

No registration needed.

Watercolor Squirt Art, Nature Photo frames, Sidewalk Chalk, Shadow Art, and Bubbles - a perfect way to spend a summer afternoon! Note: This program can get messy - please dress accordingly.

Escape Room


You’ve won a chance to spend the weekend with a renown cryptozoologist searching for Bigfoot! Will you find Bigfoot, or will you be stuck in the woods… forever?

The Sasquatch Search Escape Room will be run every half hour for groups of 3-6 people. When registering, please select the time slot that you would like to attend.

Sharpie Tie-Dye Tote Bags

Tuesday, August 9

4:00pm on the Library's Patio

(Rain location: Roosevelt Room)

Register here

Use sharpies and rubbing alcohol to create a tie-dye effect on a canvas tote bag, perfect for shoppping, the beach, or carrying library books.

Be sure to check

for more library events you may be interested in!

Take & Make Craft Kits

All kits are available for pick-up at the Circulation Desk beginning on Wednesdays while supplies last. Kits contain most, if not all, of the supplies needed. Scissors, glue, or other items may be needed. 

Check the Teen page of the website, the library calendar, or at the Circulation Desk for more information.

June 15: Buggles Magnet Kit

June 22: Mini Book Kit

July 6: Animation & Optical Illusion Kit

July 13: Tiny Art Show Kit

July 20: Polaroid Pop-up Card Kit

July 27: DIY Stickers Kit

August 3: Macramé Keychain Kit

August 17: Duct Tape Desk Organizer Kit


Summer Resources

Summer Resources

Maynard Library Booklists

Diverse Books & #OwnVoices: A list of recent books that feature a diverse cast of characters. 

Book to Movies: A list of books that have been turned into movies, mini-series, and tv shows.

Short Stories: A list of short story and essay collections on many different topics and genres

Read Beyond the Beaten Path: A list of books related to this year's Summer Theme.

2022 Teen Choice Book Award Nominees

Read the books now, vote for your favorite in September!

Current Nominees

SYNC Audiobooks for Teens

Download a new audio book each week! Available to teens ages 13+

YALSA Book Lists

YALSA stands for Young Adult Library Services Association, and it mostly provides resources for librarians. However, every year they compile lists of the best books in various categories, including the Teens Top 10 - chosen by teens around the country.

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Thank You!

Read Beyond the Beaten Path, 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 "Read Beyond the Beaten Path" and related artwork is provided iRead and the Illinois Library Association. Artwork used in the Teens program was created by Kayla Miller.

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