Things to do this summer:

  • Enjoy the sun
  • Eat ice cream
  • Compete in a Battle of the Books

Read all summer to earn points for your team and find tons of opportunities for your imagination. Every page you read this summer will be worth a point towards your team’s running total. This summer has a twist, though… your team also has teens from other participating South Shore libraries! Not only are you earning badges for yourself, but you’re working for your team to have the most points (and the most fun). Complete activities and earn badges over the summer. Point totals will be listed online as the Challenge progresses.

Choose one of these four teams:

Adventurous & Daring Heroes

Hard Working & Loyal Friends

Clever & Creative Thinkers

Ambitious & Resourceful Leaders

This year we are going online! Now you can sign up online using Beanstack.  Track your books and submit your reviews 24/7 using the  mobile app for iOS or Android, available in your device’s app store. Reviews on Beanstack will display your first name and last initial.

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 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!


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 in grades 6 through 12 can join the Team Reading Challenge. Adults can join the Adult Reading Challenge.

How do I get started?
First, register online by visiting our Beanstack program. Start tracking your pages and completing activities.

What is Beanstack?
Beanstack is an online program that you can use to track your summer reading and post reviews (reviews will display readers 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 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 that day. Make sure to visit the “Activities” section of your Beanstack account to see what challenges you meet after participating.

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.

How do I know how many points each team has? How do I know who won?
We’ll announce point totals for each team every week on Instagram and Facebook. We’ll also announce the winner at the end of the Summer Reading Challenge on our library website.

Do books I have to read for school count?

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

Have more questions?
Email the Teen Librarian or call  781-848-0405, ext. 4415.


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.  Summer Reading assignments are below.  All Braintree Public School Summer assignments can be found here.

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.