Adult Summer Reading

Summer reading is for grown-ups, too!

Welcome to Summer Reading 2024! We’re excited to announce this summer’s theme of Read, Renew, Repeat! We hope you’ll join us.

Summer Reading kicks off with a repeat of one of our most popular activities, Mini Golf in the Library! We hope everyone will attend, have fun, and pick up a packet with all the details of our summer reading program. You’ll see the full list of events and activities, as well as how you can win prizes, in your packet.

As always, everything we offer is free and open to the public, though some activities require advance registration.

Visit athol.librarycalendar.com or click the event title for details and registration.

We've created two different challenges so that everyone has a chance to participate the way they wish. Choose the method that works best for you! Both win raffle tickets towards great prizes.

For our Virtual Challenge, log in to Beanstack at https://athollibrary.beanstack.org/reader365 or download the free app from your favorite app store. Log the books you read following the onscreen instructions. You can also win digital badges for reading and participating in library activities. Reading and attending fun library activities both earn you raffle tickets for our bi-weekly prize drawings.

Visit the library to pick up your Bingo card if you want to participate in our paper Visitors' Challenge. Earn a raffle ticket to our bi-weekly prize drawings for each book you read! Participate in fun activities to complete as many Bingos as you can! For each activity & each Bingo you complete, earn a raffle ticket towards the next drawing!

The more you read, the more chances to win!

READ: Not only is reading good for us, reading is a joy! This is the heart and soul of why public libraries are flourishing in the 21st century. Reading is a restorative method of self-conservation and self-care for all ages.

RENEW: Our summer activities will renew our sense of wonder and community, and encourage us to think about how we can help our planet and all who live within it.

REPEAT: We hope our summer reading offerings will inspire you to adopt habits and practices that you will want to return to again and again.

* denotes registration is required.

pink golf ball on the green.

Mini-Golf in the Library!


Friday, June 28
4:00 - 6:00


Play 9 holes of mini-golf throughout the library and pick up your summer reading information packet!

Earth with read renew repeat over it as a cartoon drawing.

Summer Reading Begins


Monday, July 1
Summer Reading Begins!


Start tracking your reading and earning raffle tickets and prizes!

Anything and everything you read will count!

Cosplay lady as Loki

Cosplay character & costume building with Eldritch Arts*

Thursday, July 11
5:00 - 6:30


Eliza Eldredge, a costume and prop maker, fine artist, and jousting performer, will share ideas from her more than ten years of experience. Eldredge will showcase some of her projects and talk about materials and techniques for making your characters come to life! Then we'll break off into groups to give you time to play with the various materials and start working on your own costumes or ideas for costumes. Eliza will assist attendees with techniques and materials and will also brainstorm with you around your individual costume goals.

Bring your questions and ideas!

Leater tools.

Leather Tooling Drop-In Craft with Launchspace


Wednesday, July 16
5:30 - 7:30

Join LaunchSpace for some drop-in maker fun!

Leather worker Melissa Mallet will lead patrons in a leather tooling project using scrap leather pieces. Leather tooling is the art of stamping, carving and embossing pliable leather with unique design. We'll recycle scraps from custom projects and turn them into key fobs, bookmarks or even earrings!

Registration is not required.

Image of Dawn

Mammals of the North Woods*

Wednesday, July 17
6:00 - 8:00


Dawn Marvin Ward, naturalist/educator, will present a slideshow on mammals common to New England followed by a hands-on sharing of related nature findings.

Presented in memory of Kathy Richards.

Image of a nature journal leaf

Nature Journaling*

Monday, July 22
9:00 -10:30 am


Join members of the North Central Massachusetts Nature Journaling Collaborative for this fun morning!

We'll start at the Millers River Environmental Center at 9:00 am, where we'll learn a little about nature journaling and make a fun journal out of recycled materials. Then we'll head next door to the Alan Rich Park for a walk and nature journaling activities.

Limited to 15 people. Children, teens, and adults are welcome. Children 14 and under should bring an adult. Registration is required. Free and open to the public. All materials provided.

In case of rain, we will explore the collections inside the Millers River Environmental Center and journal there.

Cosplay lady as Loki

Cosplay character & costume building with Eldritch Arts*

Tuesday, July 23
5:00 - 6:30


Eliza Eldredge, a costume and prop maker, fine artist, and jousting performer, will share ideas from her more than ten years of experience. Eldredge will showcase some of her projects and talk about materials and techniques for making your characters come to life! Then we'll break off into groups to give you time to play with the various materials and start working on your own costumes or ideas for costumes. Eliza will assist attendees with techniques and materials and will also brainstorm with you around your individual costume goals.


Bring your questions and ideas!

Grain bag tote example with a white horse on it & the Launchspace logo.

Grain Bag Totes Drop-In Craft with Launchspace

Thursday, July 25
5:30 - 7:30


Grain Bags: What can you do with all those feedbags? At this pop up, we'll take that old chicken feed bag and upcycle it into a beautiful functional tote! Stylish and environmentally friendly, this tote is just what you need for shopping trips, yard work or a trip to the beach.

Registration is not required.

Made possible by the support of the Friends of the Athol Public Library.

Launchspace LOGO and some jewelry examples.

Make Jewelry with Launchspace


Thursday, August 8
5:30 - 7:30


We'll dive into our collection of wire, beads and found materials to make unique pieces of jewelry. Patrons will learn how to incorporate found objects and recycled materials into unique designs. We'll consider how jewelry is made, collaborate and brainstorm new ways to design and create a piece of jewelry that represents you!

Grumpytime band member and the MCC logo.

Grumpytime Club Band


Thursday, August 22, 4:30 - 5:30
All Ages
No Registration

The Grumpytime Club Band is a family music party band including kid musicians and costumed dancers. Playing original music from Carrie Ferguson’s award-winning album, The Grumpytime Club plus a handful of surprising covers, they rock fairs, festivals, and libraries with their high-energy funky folk-pop. Featuring a shifting pallet of horns, violin, guitar, mandolin, keys, bass and drums, their music is highly danceable and truly fun for all ages, highlighting themes of inclusivity, social justice, Earth stewardship and LGBTQ youth/family pride.

We'll be dancing along to their music in the park behind the library, with bubbles, chalk, and more!

Book cover with the Booked For Lunch Logo

What Have You Been Reading?


Monday, August 26
12:00 - 1:00

Booked for Lunch: 9th Annual What Have You Been Reading? Join us for a discussion on your worst and best reads of this summer!

Cartoon knitting needles and hands knitting surrounded by yarn.

All Ages Knitting Group


Every Monday
1:00 - 3:00


This knitting group is open to all ages and skill levels! Drop in anytime between 1:00 and 3:00 to knit, crochet, or hand-sew in a group setting. Beginners welcome! There will be seasoned knitters here to teach you and provide tips and tricks.

Chess Club Logo

Chess Club


Every Tuesday
6:00 - 8:00


Join coaches Dave and Clint for an evening of chess at the library.
Learn the classic game from experienced players or find new opponents to challenge.

All ages willing to learn are welcome.

Cartoon image of a tree.

North Quabbin Tree Climbers Genealogy Group


First Tuesday of Each Month
6:00 - 7:45


This informal group will meet on the first Monday of each month to take turns sharing what we're working on and to help one another with our genealogy quests. We'll also do "Show and Tell" - feel free to bring photos, documents, family trees, and resource books, etc.

For more information, please text Doris Lake at 978-413-0258.

The Massachusetts Statewide Summer Library Program is funded by the Friends of the Athol Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.