Encouraging your child to participate in the Summer Reading Program will help retain hard-earned reading and language skills and prevent the dreaded “summer slide”.

The fundamental keys for the development of lifelong learners are reading aloud and reading for enjoyment. Especially in young children, quantity trumps quality in terms of building reading fluency. So, let your children choose what they enjoy reading over the summer. Make reading FUN!

There are three levels available—toddlers though teens—in our program with age appropriate rewards for each bracket. Our model is developed to reinforce money and time management, independent decision making and higher level thinking.

We encourage reading, but not to the exclusion of all other activities; we all know that even the most voracious reader can’t read 24 hours a day. Encourage other interests and honest record keeping!


Our Winter Reading Challenge, 50 to Grow On, is a read-to-me program open to children ages 7 and younger and runs from January 1 - March 31. You will register and log online on Beanstack.   We curate 40 books each year and you can add an additional 10 books of your choosing. This program frequently introduces parents to undiscovered authors and children to new genres. Children earn an activity badge for each book read and a completion prize for finishing. They will also receive a virtual raffle ticket for a chance on a stuffed animal.  Again, ALL logging must be done on Beanstack by March 31. Completion prizes must be picked up by April 3.


All The Feels Winter Reading Challenge Ages 8-13  January 1, 2023-January 31, 2023

Experience all the feels this winter! Learn about the history of emojis, explore the importance of emotions, and discover fun activities to express yourself fully. From Jan. 1–31, Stonington Free Library is participating in “All the Feels,” a winter reading challenge sponsored by Beanstack, for ages 8-13.

We challenge our community to read and log at least four hours and complete two activity badges during the challenge. Earn fun emoji-themed badges for logging your reading, completing activities, and submitting book reviews.

Top-performing libraries and schools will earn cash prizes from Beanstack.




Each month, Library staff offers recommendations from our collection! Login into your account to reserve one of these enjoyable reads today!