Things to do this Summer:

  • Enjoy the sun
  • Eat watermelon
  • Join the Summer Reading Challenge!

Enjoy books all summer and record how many books you read. Every book helps you earn cool badges. And your books can help the library towards our community goal of 1000 books read for the Boston Bruins “When You Read You Score” program.

This year we’re going online and now you can sign up for summer reading using Beanstack!  Track your books and submit your reviews online (reviews will display reader’s first name and last initial) or use the mobile app, available in the App Store and the Google Play Store.

We have lots of Virtual Events planned around this year’s theme of “Imagine Your Story” starting with the kickoff — two Virtual Escape Rooms for all ages. And don’t forget to participate in “Better Gnomes and Fairy Gardens” on Instagram throughout the Summer! We will also be teaming up with the Braintree Parks and Recreation Department to present events throughout the Summer as part of the “Braintree 2020 Summertastic Distance Social Series.” You can learn more about these events, and all the fun we have planned for children this summer on the library calendar.  If you want to be among the first to know about everything happening at the library, then don’t forget to subscribe to our newlsetter!

Find information on Summer Reading for the rest of the family here.


How do I get started?
First, register online by visiting our Beanstack program. Be sure you have a grown-up’s permission to sign up.

What is Beanstack?
Beanstack is an online program that you can use to track your summer reading and submit book reviews (reviews will display reader’s first name and last initial).  You can even get a mobile app to track your reading on your phone.  Apps are available on Google Play and the App Store.

What if I don’t have easy access to a smartphone phone or a computer?
Registration for Summer Reading may be done over the phone starting June 22. Call the Children’s Room at 781 848-0405 x4425. When you finish your books call us with the titles before Friday, August 14th and we will log them for you.

My child can’t read independently yet. Can they participate?
Yes! Any amount of time they are read to counts towards the reading log.

How do I log the books I read?
You can either log them online via your Beanstack account or using the mobile app.

Who can participate Summer Reading?
Everyone! The Children’s Summer Reading Challenge is open to ages 0-12. Kids entering grade six can choose to participate in either the Children’s Summer Reading Challenge or the Teen Summer Reading Challenge (but not both!). Babies and toddlers not yet in Kindergarten can participate too. Teens can join the Team Reading Challenge. Adults can join the Adult Reading Challenge.

What are you doing for a Summer Reading Kickoff?
Visit the events page of our website and look for Monday, June 15th. There are all sorts of new fun activities that will be available to you starting that day. Make sure to visit the “Activities” section of your Beanstack account to see what challenges you’ve met after participating in different events.

What other activities do you have?
Be sure to check the calendar for all the events we have planned for the summer.  We are adding events all the time, so make sure to check back frequently!

Do school Summer Reading books count?
Yes, any books read over the 2020 summer, including what you read for school and for fun, may be counted in your reading challenge. This includes graphic novels and audiobooks.

What’s this about The Bruins and “When You Read You Score?”
The Bruins are one of our summer reading sponsors and this year our goal for the Bruins reading challenge is to have  all the kids in Braintree working together to read at least 1000 books.

Have more questions?
Email the Children’s Librarian or call 781-848-0405, ext. 4425.

2020 Braintree Public Schools: Summer Reading & Assignments

Keep up with education and imagination all summer long to limit the effects of the “summer slide.” The summer slide is a common phenomenon in student to lose some the achievement gains made during the school year. Kids who read just four books over the summer fare better on reading-comprehension tests in the fall. Kids entering grade six can choose to participate in either the Children’s Summer Reading Challenge or the Teen Summer Reading Challenge (but not both!).

The Thayer Public Library Summer Reading is sponsored by Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the Friends of Thayer Public Library, Collaborative Summer Library Program, and the Boston Bruins.