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Summer Reading Program

There are TWO fun ways to participate in this year's Summer Reading Program:

  • Use our paper reading log, distributed throughout the community, to keep track of books you've finished reading to yourself; books someone's ready to you; or books you've read to someone else.
  • Try our digital summer reading platform called Beanstack. Download the free Beanstack app on either Apple or Android devices to get started.


Reading and activity challenges encourage children to explore new genres—and sites in our community as well. You can also earn badges along the way. And as always, special thanks to the Friends of Scarborough Library for being our awesome SRP sponsors

Summer Reading FAQ

How does the 2020 summer reading program work?

This summer you do not have to register to participate. This Reading Log is for YOU. It your very own journal of everthing you've read or done this summer.

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!

Do I have to finish the book to list it on my Reading Log?

Yes—this is one thing that we do require. But we hope you will find books that you will want to read to the very last page.

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.

Note: In this time of COVID-19, we will not have the Wall of Fame. We will not be passing out completion certificates, nor will we have a Finale. You do not need to turn it your Reading Log at the end of summer.

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!

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 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!