Summer Reading

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Adventure Begins at Your Library this summer! Reading during the summer months helps kids develop a love of independent reading and keeps their literacy skills strong. Visit the library for fun programs, book recommendations, and resources.

Children

Children are invited to participate in our summer reading incentive program. With every ten titles read, participants receive a choice of a free book or select from a collection of small prizes. Pre-readers are welcome to participate with help from their caregivers. On August 16, we will celebrate the close of Summer Reading with an ice cream cup giveaway to all participants. The top three readers/listeners for the summer in each major age range get a certificate of $25 from Saltwater Books in Marblehead, MA. Age brackets for readers/listeners are: 0-5 years, 6-8 years and 9-12 years.

Other events for children include: Rolie Polie Guacamole Band; Delilah the Whale; Adventures in Aviation; Grow It Wednesdays; Scavenger Hunts; weekly Make-It, Take-It Craft; weekly story times and Evening Chess. 

Readers are invited to explore thematic book lists for all ages recommended by our librarians. Titles are also available as e-books and/or e-audio. 

Teens:

Teen Summer Reading Challenge: Complete all 12 adventures for a chance to win!

Teens are invited to participate in a relaxed summer challenge inspired by tabletop role playing games. Pick up a mini packet in the Teen Center to embark on a suggested adventure, and complete all 12 prompts for a chance to win the 2024 Summer Reading Teen Prize!

Submit your drawing entry form to library staff by August 16, 2024. Limited to one entry per person.

  • The Teen Prize is for ages 12-19 and includes:
  • $25 gift certificate to Saltwater Books
  • $25 gift certificate to Terry’s Ice Cream
  • Abbot Public Library mug

Adults

This year, adults are invited to participate in their own summer reading activity! Adults can pick up an Adventure Log from the Circulation and Reference desks. Each log contains book recommendations from library staff, prompts for summer activities, and space for recording your own summer adventures. Once you’ve completed a prompt, swing by to get a stamp in your log. Each stamp earns you another chance to win the 2024 Summer Reading Adult Prize!

Submit your drawing entry form to library staff by August 16, 2024. Limited to one entry form per person.

  • The Adult Prize is for ages 18 and up an includes:
  • $50 Gift Certificate to Saltwater Books in Marblehead
  • Abbot Public Library gift tote with mug and other goodies
  • A behind-the-scenes tour of the new Abbot Public Library space from director Kimberly Grad

 

Prize Rules: 

Available to all Marblehead residents. 

No purchase or payment of money is necessary to enter or win. To enter the random drawing for gift certificates, finish a Summer Reading Challenge. Submit your drawing entry form to library staff by August 16, 2024. Limited to one entry per person. 

There will be a total of 6 gift certificates awarded:

  • (3) $25 Gift Certificates for Saltwater Books in Marblehead to be awarded to three readers ages birth to 12.
  • (1) $25 Gift certificate for Saltwater Books to be awarded to one readers ages 12 and up (Teen)
  • (1) $25 Gift certificate to Terry’s Ice Cream Shop in Marblehead will be awarded to one reader ages 12 and up (Teen)
  • (1) $50 Gift certificate to Saltwater Books will be awarded to one adult reader. 

No returns or substitutions. Winners will be notified by phone on or before August 20, 2024. The odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received. The Library reserves the right at any time to cancel or modify prizes in whole or in part in the event of technical or other difficulties. By participating in this random drawing, the entrant agrees to be bound by these official rules. Prizes will be awarded to alternate winners if prize notification cannot be made or is otherwise undeliverable.

Books on the Marblehead Schools Summer Reading lists will be available for check out at the library in July.

Summer Reading News

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Find Your Voice Children’s Summer Reading Selections

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