Kids Summer Reading 2023

Sign Up for both Summer Reading and the Beanstack Challenges begins Monday, June 5th!

Why Summer Reading? Summer reading is an important way to prevent summer learning loss. The program described on this page is for children from birth to age 12.

Sign up and track your reading using the Beanstack app online (available June 5th) or on your phone or visit in person to sign up for paper tracking. Participate in our Summer Reading Challenge to unlock badges. The goal is to read for 16 hours over summer break. Being read to by an adult, listening to audiobooks, and reading nontraditional texts count too! Reach the goal to receive your choice of a free book and a free kids meal at Texas Roadhouse!

No sign-up required for programs this year! Simply come by the library and attend whatever you would like to. 

June 5th: Sign-up Begins at Youth Services
We are offering digital signups and book tracking through the Beanstack app as well as old fashioned paper signup. 
June 7th @ 4pm: Chris Van Dusen Author Talk
Join us at the library on June 7th at 4pm to see acclaimed children’s author Chris Van Dusen! He will be conducting an author talk, reading a book from his repertoire, answering questions, and signing books! All ages are welcome. 
June 14th @2pm: Owls of Maine with Chewonki’s Travelling Natural History Program
Come by the library on June 14th at 2pm to see some of Maine’s fantastic feathery friends! Chewonki will be bringing live owls, discussing their biology, and many facts about these wonderful birds. Recommended for grades K-5. 
June 22nd @ 3pm: Amazing Art 
Drop by on June 22nd at 3pm for a hands-on watercolor painting activity hosted by Youth Services at the Lithgow Library! Recommended for ages 8 to 12. 
June 28th @ 1pm: Build-A-Book
Join us on June 28th at 1pm for an activity where we will learn how to build a book of our very own! Hosted by Youth Services at the Lithgow Library. All ages are welcome. 
July 5th @ 1pm: Mr. Drew and his Animals Too
Mr. Drew is coming to Lithgow on July 5th at 1pm! He will be bringing many friendly reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates from around the world to see and discuss! Recommended for grades K-5. 
July 14th @ 4pm: Lindsay & Her Puppet Pals
Lindsay is bringing her larger than life puppet pals to the Lithgow Library on July 14th at 4pm! Drop by for a spectacular story filled performance. Recommended for ages 3-8 but all ages are welcome. 
July 19th @ 1pm: Scavenger Hunt
Come by Youth Services on July 19th at 1pm for an exciting scavenger hunt with prizes in Youth Services! All ages are welcome. 
July 25th @ 3pm: Mr. Harley children’s concert.  
Join us on July 25th at 3pm for our Summer Reading program finale, Mr. Harley in concert! There will be plenty of fantastic children’s tunes performed live by Mr. Harley himself. All ages are welcome. 
Start of School: Last day to claim summer reading reward.

Summer Reading 2023 officially starts June 5th! Can you complete the reading and activities goals before school starts?

Questions? Contact us at or by phone at (207) 626-2415.

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