Summer Reading Program

What to read next?

Having trouble figuring out what to read? Contact the Youth Services staff via email: kids [at] or by phone: 883-4723, option 3. We are thrilled to make book recommendations for all ages!

A message to parents and guardians

At the Scarborough Public Library, we strongly believe that reading during summer should be enjoyable. We encourage parents to help children set a realistic goal. A feeling of “I Can Do It’ creates an atmosphere of celebration...and fun!
We want children to LOVE reading, and look forward to visiting the Scarborough Public Library.

What about my free book?

In past summers, free books were passed out to summer reading participants at our Finale. This summer, to help curb the spread of COVID-19, we are still deciding the best practice on how to distribute free books to participants throughout the summer. Keep a look out on our webpage or FaceBook on how to get your free book!

Signing up for summer reading

This summer, as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, you do not have to fill out a registration form to participate in our summer reading program. To get a Reading Log there are two fun ways to participate:

• OPTION 1: Pick up a Reading Log at the Scarborough Public Library through our curbside service, Oakhill Hardware or print a copy from this website.
• OPTION 2: Register the books you read using Beanstack, our digital summer reading platform. Download the free Beanstack app on either Apple or Android devices to get started.

How many books do I have to read?

You can read as many (or as few) books as you would like! Set your own goal. You can count the number of books read, minutes, pages, whatever works for you. You can count books you read to yourself, books read to you, or books you read to someone else. Print books, ebooks, magazines, audiobooks, all count toward your summer reading activities!

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