Find Your Voice this summer at the Goodnow Library’s 2023 Summer Reading Program! Discover your voice as a musician, advocate, inventor, writer, artist, scientist, and performer!

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. REGISTER FOR SUMMER READING Starting Thursday, June 15th, 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, and a starter necklace 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 NECKLACE and MYSTERY MURAL Visit us at the children’s desk to redeem all that great reading for fun beads for your necklace! Show us your paper reading log and pick out your beads. You can trade in beads as 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 Tuesday, June 20, join us for our weekly line-up of fun summer 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!

Lego Club – Kids ages 4 and up are invited to drop-in each Tuesday 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!

Discovery Crafts – Kids ages 4 and up are invited to drop-in each Wednesday at 4:00 PM to discover their inner crafting voices as musicians, advocates, inventors, writers, artists, scientists, and performers!

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

Thursday, June 22,
4:00-4:45 PM
Summer Reading Kickoff with Circus Minimus:
One-Man Circus-in-a Suitcase Show, ages 3 & up
Thursday, June 29,
4:00-7:00 PM
Stuffed Animal Sleepover, all ages
Thursday, July 6,
4:00-4:45 PM
AbraKIDabra Magic Show, ages 4 & up
Thursday, July 13,
4:00-4:45 PM
“Join-IN” Storytelling with Diane Edgecomb,
ages 4 & up
Thursday, July 20,
4:00-7:00 PM
Tiny Art Show, all ages
Thursday, July 27,
4:00-4:45 PM
Every Rock Has a Story Show, ages 4 & up
Thursday, August 3,
4:00-7:00 PM
“Raising Our Voices” with storyteller Davis Bates,
ages 4 & up
Thursday, August 10,
6:00-7:00 PM
Goodnow Talent Show, all ages

Additional Special Events!

Wednesdays, June 21, July 19 & August 9, 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.

Wednesday, July 5, 2:00-2:45 PM, Creative Building with Buildwave

Kids in K-5th grade are invited to participate in a hands-on building game with Buildwave! Over the course of this workshop students will create with over a dozen different building materials, including Lego®, PlusPlus®, and custom-made Buildwave materials. The workshop is structured like a video game, with an audiovisual setup featuring animations and music that will guide you through the different building waves! Registration is required and can be completed on the library’s calendar.

Wednesday, July 12, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM, Truck Day

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.

Summer Book Clubs

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

Book Buddies Book Club for rising 1st gradersThursdays, July 13 & August 10, 2:00-2:45 PM
Next Chapter Book Club for rising 2nd and 3rd gradersTuesdays, July 11 & August 8, 2:00-2:45 PM
Page Turners Book Club for rising 4th and 5th gradersMondays, July 10 & August 7, 2:00-2:45 PM