Kids from birth through rising 5th graders are invited to Read Beyond the Beaten Path at Camp Goodnow, the Library’s 2022 Summer Reading Program!

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. REGISTER FOR SUMMER READING Starting Tuesday, June 21st, drop by the children’s desk at the library to register! You will receive a companion pack with a Paper Reading Log, 50 stickers for daily tracking, plus a Camp Necklace Starter Kit so you can earn beads as you read! Instructions for virtual tracking using BEANSTACK will also be provided.
  2. READ and TRACK YOUR MINUTES Find some good books and READ – listening also counts! Keep track of your minutes on the Paper Reading Log or directly on BEANSTACK
  3. BUILD a CAMP NECKLACE and MYSTERY MURAL Visit us at the children’s desk to redeem all that great reading for fun beads for your camp necklace! Show us your paper reading log and pick our your beads. You can trade in beads a well. Also help us complete our mystery mural! Every time you show us your reading log, you will get a sticker to put on the mural. At the end of the summer, they mystery mural image will be revealed!

Reading is just the beginning…there are Summer Programs for Everyone!

Starting Wednesday, June 22 join us for our weekly camp line-up of programs!

Maker Monday Jr. – Rising 4th and 5th graders are invited to join us each Monday at 4:00 PM for Maker Monday Jr.! Registration is required and can be completed on the library’s calendar. Learn to make fun crafts with your hands!

Craft Camp – Kids ages 4 and up are invited to drop-in each Tuesday at 4:00 PM for a fun, camping-themed craft program!

Lego Club – Kids ages 4 and up are invited to drop-in each Wednesday at 4:00 PM for a LEGO Club! Each participant will get their own box of LEGO bricks to build with. Creations will be on display in the Children’s Room!

Thursday Special Events – Each week the library will host a special Thursday event. See below for details:

Thursday, June 23,
6:30-8:00 PM
“Camp Kick-Off” at Camp Sewataro, all ages
Thursday, June 30,
4:00-4:45 PM
Shadow Puppet Show, ages 3 & up
Thursday, July 7,
4:00-5:00 PM
Wingmasters World of Owls Show, ages 5 & up
Thursday, July 14,
4:00-4:45 PM
Scott Jameson Magic Show, ages 4 & up
Thursday, July 21,
4:00-4:45 PM
Camp Balloon Magic with Jungle Jim, ages 4 & up
Thursday, July 28,
4:00-5:00 PM
Curious Creatures Animal Show, ages 4 & up
Thursday, August 4,
4:00-7:00 PM
Stuffed Animal Campout, all ages

Additional Special Events!

Wednesdays, June 29, July 20 & August 10, 2:00-2:45 PM, Uke Can Do It

Calling all rising 2nd-5th graders – have you ever wanted to learn to play the ukulele but didn’t know where to start? Join Miss Amy for this fun introduction to playing using the library’s new ukulele collection! Registration is required and can be completed on the library’s calendar.

Wednesdays, June 29, July 20 & August 10, 3:00-3:45, Ukulele Sing-along

Calling all rising 2nd-5th graders – Already attended a learn-to-play ukulele class? Join Miss Amy for a ukulele sing-a-long! Registration and previous attendance at a “learn to play” class is required. Registration can be completed on the library’s calendar.

Wednesday, July 13, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM, Truck Day

Truck Day is back! Kids young and old can touch, honk, and climb the many vehicles that will be on display. Remember to bring your camera and have your picture taken sitting in a fire truck or snow plow! The first hour from 10:00-11:00 AM will be horn and siren free for the enjoyment of our littlest patrons. Please note that the Library parking lot will be blocked off that day. Patrons and Truck Day guests are asked to use the parking lot at Salem Five Bank and the parking lot at the Memorial Congregational Church across the street as alternative parking.

Friday, August 12, 5:30-7:30 PM, After Hours Family “Camp-in”

Celebrate the end of our 2022 Summer Reading Program with a special Family “Camp-In” event at the library after hours from 5:30-7:30 PM! All participants of the program will be rewarded for their countless hours of reading with a family pizza party, ice cream, and fun “Camping” activities! Registration is required and can be completed on the library’s calendar.


Camp Goodnow Book Clubs

All rising 1st-5th graders are invited to join a book club this summer! Each book club will meet three times this summer. Details and registration can be found on the library’s calendar.

Book Buddies Book Club for rising 1st gradersThursdays, June 30, July 21 & August 11, 2:00-2:45 PM
Next Chapter Book Club for rising 2nd and 3rd gradersTuesdays, June 28, July 19 & August 9, 2:00-2:45 PM
Page Turners Book Club for rising 4th and 5th gradersMondays, June 27, July 18 & August 8, 2:00-2:45 PM