Teen Summer Reading Programs

This summer, read beyond the beaten path! Track your reading, complete activities, and visit the library to earn badges and rewards. Summer Reading 2022 runs from June 22 to August 19.

How to Win

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Earn prizes online and in person. During this year’s summer reading program you’ll have the chance to win books, earbuds, craft kits, movie codes, stickers, snacks, prize baskets, gift cards, and more!

Sign up for Beanstack at athollibrary.beanstack.org, or use their handy free app. Track your reading. Count the minutes you spend reading any book you like including novels, manga, graphic novels, non fiction, fanfiction, and more. The more reading you log on Beanstack the more raffle tickets and prizes you earn. Complete digital activities and reviews to earn even more tickets!

Reach hourly reading goals for guaranteed prizes!

5 Hours - Prize Box Pick
10 Hours - Candy Bar
20 Hours - Prize Book
30 Hours - Prize Box Pick
50 Hours - Gift Card

Please note, all prizes earned must be picked up in person at the library by the winning teen.

In person:
At the Library there are three main ways teens can participate. Check out items in the Teen Space, write book reviews, and attend teen programs to earn entries into our grand prize raffle. Check our calendar to see more about this summer’s special events for teens.

Double Dipping:
Teens are welcome to participate both online and in person! The more you do the more prizes you can win!

On the Calendar

Click here for a PDF calendar.

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Summer Reading Kickoff
Library Hide and Seek

Wednesday, June 22, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

We're kicking off Summer Reading with a highly requested teen favorite - Library Hide and Seek. The library will be closed, the lights will be off, and the hiding spots will be waiting. Challenge each other and staff to find the best hiding place in the library while enjoying multiple variations on the traditional game.

Please arrive on time - doors will be locked once the program has started to ensure safety. Registration required. Open to ages 12-18.

Registration: https://athol.librarycalendar.com/event/teen-kick

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Middle School Book Cafe
Tuesday, June 28, 4:00 pm

Get a taste of some great middle grade titles at our middle school book cafe.

Whether you are just looking for something new to read or need to pick out a book for summer, this will be a great opportunity to sample a variety of awesome titles.

Open to all teens ages 11-15. Registration required.

Registration: https://athol.librarycalendar.com/event/middle-school-book-cafe

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Bad Art Afternoon *
Thursday, June 30, 3:30 pm

Make a mess.
Have fun.
Embrace the silliness.
Make bad art!

Join us in a judgment free zone for some no pressure creativity. Use any and all supplies on hand to create a piece of art with no expectations or requirements. No art skills required!

Registration required. Open to all teens ages 11-18.

Registration: https://athol.librarycalendar.com/event/bad-art-afternoon

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Manga Book Club
Tuesday, July 5, 3:30 pm
Tuesday, August 2, 3:30 pm
Tuesday, September 6, 3:30 pm

The Athol Public library is excited to introduce a brand-new manga book club for teens! Read new and popular titles then join together in the Teen Space to talk. Each month's title will be available to pick up in the Teen Space before the meeting. In addition to talking about our favorite characters, plot points, and similar titles we'll enjoy anime themed snacks, games, crafts, and more!

You're welcome to read more than one volume of the chosen manga but we'll only be discussing volume one at the meetings.

Upcoming Meetings:

July 5 - Spy X Family
August 2 - Witch Hat Atelier
September 6 - Komi Can't Communicate

Free and open to teens ages 12-18.

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S’mores Lab *
Thursday, July 7, 3:30 pm

Join Emily to make your own microwave s'mores creation. Stick with the classics or try new combinations like jellies, Nutella, caramel, fruits, mint, and more.

Once we are done creating, we'll play some party games while we snack.

Open to all teens age 11-18. Registration required.

Registration: https://athol.librarycalendar.com/event/smores-lab

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Tie Dye
Wednesday, July 13, 3:30 pm

We'll be making tie dye at this month's special Crafternoon. Kids and teens ages 8-18 are welcome to join us.

Bring a shirt and we'll provide everything else. It can be a messy process - make sure not to wear your favorite clothes.

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Fandom Trivia *
Thursday, July 14, 3:30 pm

Compete against other teens answering trivia questions about books, movies, comics, games, pop culture, and more!

We will be using the platform Kahoot, which requires you to have a smartphone or other device that can connect to the internet so you may answer the questions. Please reach out to the library if you may need to borrow a device to participate.

Space is limited - registration is required. Open to teens age 11-18.

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Pokémon Terrariums *
Wednesday, July 20, 3:30 pm

Join us to turn plastic ornaments, fake grasses, and stones into mini Pokémon paradises!

While there will be enough for everyone - we'll have a limited selection of Pokémon figures available. You are welcome to bring your own Pokémon mini figure to use if desired.

Registration Required. Open to teens ages 11-18.

Registration: https://athol.librarycalendar.com/event/pokemon-terrariums

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Cards Against Humanity: Family Edition
Friday, July 22, 3:30 pm

Join us in the Teen Space to play Cards Against Humanity: Family Edition.

"Cards Against Humanity: Family Edition is a new fill-in-the-blank comedy game that’s just like Cards Against Humanity, but it’s made for kids and adults to play together."

Open to teens ages 11-18.

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Wii Gaming
Tuesday, July 26, 3:30 pm

Join Emily in the Teen Space to play your favorite titles on the Wii.

Open to all teens ages 11-18.

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Coloring and Calm
Thursday, July 28, 3:30 pm

Teens ages 11-18 are invited to drop by the library's Teen Space and take a moment to relax, unwind, and color. Work individually or together on a giant coloring page.

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Zombie Survival Course *
Thursday, August 4, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Learn how to survive the zombie apocalypse! This 2 hour workshop by Animal Man Survivor, Matt Gabriel, is designed to be an extremely fun, engaging, program where everyone gets involved!

Topics include: Basic first aid & first aid kits, emergency "Bug Out Bags", Lost proofing, knots & lashings, emergency shelter construction anywhere, and everybody gets to shoot a real Darryl Dixon (From The Walking Dead TV Series) style cross-bow!

Free and open to teens ages 12-18. Space is limited.

Registration: https://athol.librarycalendar.com/event/zombie-survival-course

Funded by a grant from the Athol Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

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Pixel Art *
Wednesday, August 10, 3:30 pm

Create your own pixel art masterpiece with fusing beads.

Space is limited - registration is required. Open to all teens ages 11-18.

Registration: https://athol.librarycalendar.com/event/teen-crafternoon-pixel-art

Artwork ©2022 by Kayla Miller for iREAD® The Massachusetts Statewide Summer Library Program is funded by the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Also sponsored by The Friends of the Athol Public Library and Athol Savings Bank.