Children's Summer Reading & Events 2024

Children's Summer Reading Events

Transcript: 2024 childrens summer readhing challenge: read, renew, repeat!Children's Summer Reading Challenge

At the Central Library, East Branch, and West Branch

Sign up starting June 17; Program ends August 16

  • Sign up at any branch and receive your 2024 Summer Reading Bingo card!
  • Write down the titles of the books you read in your reading log, or color in the circles each time you read for 15 minutes
  • Check in each week at the branch you signed up to receive a sticker for your check-in sheet and keychain tag to take with you!
  • One lucky reader from each branch will win a grand prize raffle! Earn one entry each week you check in, and earn extra entries for getting Bingo and Blackout on your Bingo card!

Transcript: Lego Clubs Lego Clubs

Drop-In Lego Club -- East -- 11am-4pm

June 24 / July 15 / July 29 / August 12

Do your own thing or try one of our challenge cards!

Lego Club -- West -- 1-3pm

June 26 / August 8

Let's build! Join us for Lego Club at West!

Transcript: Crafternoons at the libraryCRAFTernoons

Good CRAFTernoon

June 25 -- East -- 3:30-4:30pm         July 2 -- West -- 1-3pm

July 16 -- West -- 1-3pm                        July 23 -- East 3:30-4:30pm

August 6 -- East -- 3:30-4:30pm

Let's get crafty!

Free Choice CRAFTernoon

July 17 -- Central -- 1:30-5:30pm

Imagine something great or use one of our suggestions!

Transcript: Stuffed animal sleepoverStuffed Animal Sleepover

June 26 -- Central -- 9am-6pm

July 15 -- West -- 3-6pm

August 1 -- East -- 10am-5:30pm

Bring your stuffed animal to the Children's Room within the posted times, then watch the library's social media to see what they do in the library overnight! Sleepover for stuffed animals only, not humans!

Transcript: Steam workshopsSTEAM Workshops

STEAM with Jessica Garrett: Cartesian Divers

June 27 -- West -- 3-4pm           July 9 -- East -- 2-3pm

Join Somerville resident at science educator Jessica Garrett to learn why objects float or sink, and make your own Cartesian Diver!

STEAM with Jessica Garrett: Build Windmill Blades

July 11 -- Central -- 3-4pm

Learn how windmills generate electricity. Attach your blades to a small turbine and see if your blades can generate enough power to light up a light!

Transcript: Mister Vinny's shadow puppetsMr. Vinny's Shadow Puppets

June 27 -- East -- 6-7:15pm

Families are invited to join us as the East Branch kicks off our Summer Reading Program with Mr. Vinny's Shadow Puppets! Best for ages 4-10, but all ages welcome.

Transcript: Singalong with Matt HeatonSingalong with Matt Heaton

July 1 -- West -- 6-6:30pm

July 2 -- Central -- 3-3:30pm

July 3 -- East -- 11-11:45am

Families are invited to sing and dance to Matt's kid-friendly blend of surf-rockabilly tunes! We'll enjoy some familiar favorites as well as Matt's original songs.

Events will be held outside weather permitting. Don't forget a towel or blanket to sit on!

Astronomy with Alex: Craters on the crescentAstronomy with Alex: Craters on the Crescent!

July 11 -- East -- 7:30-8:45pm

Join astonomer Alex Trunnell as we turn our eyes to the skies and learn about our moon's craters! Stick around for a crescent-moon viewing with a telescope!

Transcript: Kamishibai: Japanese paper theaterKamishibai: Japanese Paper Theater Storytelling & Craft

July 12 -- West -- 11-11:45am

July 17 -- East -- 11-11:45am

July 23 -- Central -- 11am-12pm

Join Yumi Izuyama for Kamishibai Storytelling! The theme of this year's Japanese paper theater is Acts of Kindness. After the story, we will work together to make a paper kindness quilt.

Transcript: Dig in: The sweet story of dirtDig in! The Sweet Story of Dirt

July 18 -- East -- 6-7pm

July 31 -- West -- 3-4pm

August 8 -- Central -- 2-3pm

Learn fun facts about soil and its importance to the earth, and use cookies, candy, and other sweet treats to create layers of "dirt" in a plastic cup! All materials will be provided, and distributed on a "first come, first served" basis.

Transcript: touch a truckTouch a Truck

July 16 -- Central -- 10:30-11:30am

July 19 -- West -- 10:30-11:30am

Let's Get Truckin'!

Get up close and personal with a DPW truck at Central and West!


Transcript: Somerville public library comix conComix Con

July 20 -- Central -- 9:15am-4:30pm

With programming from your favorite fandoms, stalls with local artists and vendors, cosplaying, and more!


Transcript: Animal EventsAnimal Events

Goats & Giggles

July 23 -- Central -- 2-3pm

July 25 -- East -- 2-3pm

Transcript: Friends of the Somerville Public Library

Meet baby goats from Chip-In Farm! Goats & Giggles is your chance for a hands-on playtime with the goats with plenty of time for goat cuddles and photo ops! A maximum of 20 people may visit with the goats at one time. This program is funded by the Friends of the Somerville Public Library. Thanks, Friends!

Wingmasters: New England Birds of Prey

July 29 -- West -- 1-2pm

Join wildlife rehabilitators, WINGMASTERS, as they explain predation, the birds' place at the top of the food web, their different hunting adaptations and their status in a rapidly changing world. Will include five live birds of prey! All ages welcome.

Transcript: Rockabye BeatsRockabye Beats

July 26 -- West -- 11-11:45am

July 31 -- Central -- 10:30-11:30am

August 9 -- East -- 10:30-11:15am

Come move and grove with Rockabye Beats! This program will be outside weather permitting. Don't forget a towel or blanket to sit on!

Transcript: Container gardening with green city growersContainer Gardening with Green City Growers

July 29 -- Central -- 1:30-2:30pm

In this workshop, learn everything you need to know to get started with container gardening. Topics will include how to determine how much light your location gets and how that impacts what you can grow; types of containers; soil and fertilizers; when and how much to water; plant spacing; as well as determining whether to direct seed or buy transplants. Come with questions and leave with a small container and plant!

Transcript: Game DayGame Day

July 30 -- East -- 11am-4pm

It's a drop-in Game Day at the East Branch! Visit us between 11am- 4pm and enjoy the library's games: Apples to Apples Junior, Blokus, Checkers, Chess, Connect4, HeadBanz, Jenga, Mancala, Parcheese and more!

Transcript: Summer Jam on the lawnSummer Jam on the Lawn

July 30 -- Central -- 4-7pm

With sno-cones, a DJ, giant Connect 4, temporary tattoos, and more! This program is being run in collaboration with Teen Empowerment. TE: The center for teen empowerment


Transcript: Teddy Bear Picnic StorytimeTeddy Bear Picnic Storytime

August 2 -- East -- 10:30-11:30am

Bring your story-loving stuffed animal to East for a Teddy Bear Picnic Story Time. We'll provide the stories and snack (donut holes! but you may bring your own snack if you prefer). Outside weather permitting. Don't forget a towel or blanket to sit on!

Transcript: Toy swapToy Swap

August 3 -- Central -- 10:30am-12:30pm

Are you looking for a new home for your toys? Bring one or more to the Central Library on the first Saturday of August, and exchange them for previously loved toys from other families!

Transcript: End of Summer ReadingEnd of Summer Reading Events


August 13 -- Central -- 2-4pm

Celebrate the end of Summer Reading with a visit from magician Mike Bent and his new program EcoMagic! Following the program we'll keep the party going with popsicles, prizes and more!

Let's Get Truckin!

August 14 -- East -- 10:30-11:30am

Summer Readers and their families are invited to celebrate the end of the East Branch SRP with a visit from our DPW! Climb aboard a DPW truck and enjoy snacks & acivities on our lawn.

Popsicle Party

August 14 -- West -- 4-6pm

Join us in the West Branch backyard for music, prizes, popsicles and more to celebrate the end of Summer Reading!

Transcript: Movie on the Lawn: ElementalMovie on the Lawn

August 14 -- Central -- 7:30-9:30pm

Bring blankets or lawn chairs and some snacks and enjoy Elemental on the library lawn!


Questions about summer events for children at SPL? Contact Keri: .