Summer Reading Program 2022: Read Beyond the Beaten Path for Teens

This summer, Read Beyond the Beaten Path with Beaman Library's Summer Reading Program! To get started, visit Beaman Library's Beanstack website and register for the Summer Reading Challenge for your age group. If you are unfamiliar with Beanstack, please call or visit the Library and a staff member will be happy to help you!

The Summer 2022: Read Beyond the Beaten Path for Teens challenge will also occur throughout June, July, and August. For this challenge, young adult readers will log the number of minutes read each day! For every 100 minutes read, a new camp-related Beanstack badge will be earned and readers can come in to claim a scratch off ticket. Each scratch off ticket will reveal a prize that can be collected at the Library. Once teen readers have recorded 1,000 minutes, they will be entered in the grand prize drawing for a prize valued at $100! Please read below to learn more about the exciting schedule of programs being offered.

iREAD's Teen Summer Reading Poster. Text reads "Read Beyond the Beaten Path"

Summer programming and prizes have been paid for by The Friends of Beaman Library and generous donations from the community. 

The Massachusetts Statewide Summer Library Program, Read Beyond the Beaten Path, is funded by the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Programming in June

*Please email jwright@cwmars.org at least 24 hours prior to a program to register.

Post-It Note Art
Ongoing Throughout Summer
Stop by the Teen Space, grab a Post-it note, and create a tiny piece of art with the materials provided. When you are done, add it to our ‘sticky’ display!

Make Dinner at the Library
Tuesday, June 21 at 5:00 p.m.
Join the Food Explorers at the Library to make Four Fold Quesadillas! All ingredients will be provided. When done, enjoy dinner on the Library’s front lawn! Teens, bring along your parent or caregiver, if you would like!

Crafternoon
Thursday, June 23 at 3:00 p.m.
Feeling crafty? Stop by the Library and satisfy those crafty cravings! A variety of materials will be available for you to use and create what you wish.

Ukulele Day
Saturday, June 25 between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
​​Stop in and to learn to play different ukes and enjoy mini-concerts by Dave. Sponsored by the West Boylston Cultural Council. All ages and abilities welcome! Registration not required.

Books and Banter
Wednesday, June 29 at 7:00 p.m.
What are you reading? Join us for an opportunity to chat with friends and talk about your current read.

Programming in July

*Please email jwright@cwmars.org at least 24 hours prior to a program to register.

Post-It Note Art
Ongoing Throughout Summer
Stop by the Teen Space, grab a Post-it note, and create a tiny piece of art with the materials provided. When you are done, add it to our ‘sticky’ display!

Camping Pictionary
Thursday, July 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Let’s play the classic game of Pictionary with a campthemed twist! Register as an individual or as a team! The winning team will receive a small prize.

Kindness ROCKS!
Tuesday, July 12 at 6:00 p.m.
Join Jessica on the Library’s lawn to decorate kindness rocks. When complete, place the rocks in gardens of your choice, leaving messages of kindness for others to find.

The Firefighter Challenge
Thursday, July 14 at 6:00 p.m.
Do you have what it takes to complete this scorcher of a challenge? Local firefighters will create an obstacle course on the Library's lawn for you to show off your best firefighting skills. Rain date: Thursday, July 28

Tarot Card Readings with Laura Campagna
Tuesday, July 19 at 5:30 p.m.
Tarot offers a pictorial representation of our soul’s journey through an emotional and spiritual landscape. Schedule a 10-minute appointment with Laura to gain insight into your innermost self. Teens and adults are welcome at this event.

Crafternoon
Thursday, July 21 at 3:00 p.m.
Feeling crafty? Stop by the Library and satisfy those crafty cravings! A variety of materials will be available for you to use and create what you wish.

Books and Banter
Wednesday, July 27 at 7:00 p.m.
What are you reading? Join us for an opportunity to chat with friends and talk about your current read.

Rocket Launching with Aldrich Astronomical
Saturday, July 30 at 3:15 p.m. at Woodland Park
Aldrich Astronomical is back and this time they are bringing rockets! Learn about Newton’s Law as you safely launch and recover air burst rockets as high as 1000 feet! Space is limited. Teens and children are invited to attend!

Programming in August

*Please email jwright@cwmars.org at least 24 hours prior to a program to register.

Post-It Note Art
Ongoing Throughout Summer
Stop by the Teen Space, grab a Post-it note, and create a tiny piece of art with the materials provided. When you are done, add it to our ‘sticky’ display!

The Search for Life
Wednesday, August 3 at 4:00 p.m.
Have you ever wondered, “Are we alone?” Join NASA Solar System Ambassador Geoff McLean on Zoom for a presentation as we explore the various ways in which we humans are trying to detect life on other planets – regardless if it be microbial or intelligent. 

Fused Glass
Tuesday, August 16 at 6:00 p.m.
Create your own Dichroic fused glass pendant or magnet with colorful pre-cut glass in this easy, fun class. Your item will be available for pickup after it has been kiln-fired by instructor Deenie Pacik. Class size is limited; reservation is required. Please email beaman@cwmars.org at least 24 hours prior to this program to register.This craft is for ages 13 and up.

Cosmic Postcard Crafting
Thursday, August 18 at 3:00 p.m.
A selection of intergalactic postcards, acrylic paint, and brushes will be provided. After choosing which card you would like to work with, use the paint supplied to reimagine the background of the postcard as you see fit.

Crafternoon
Thursday, August 25 at 3:00 p.m.
Feeling crafty? Stop by the Library and satisfy those crafty cravings! A variety of materials will be available for you to use and create what you wish.

Books and Banter
Wednesday, August 31 at 7:00 p.m.
What are you reading? Join us for an opportunity to chat with friends and talk about your current read.


100 Books Before Graduation Beanstack Logo

 

A new reading challenge has been launched just for teens - to read 100 books before graduation! Visit Beaman Library’s Beanstack page to register. Earn a new set of badges along the way. Once you complete the challenge you will be awarded a personalized prize package! Please email jwright@cmwars.org or call 508-835-3711 with questions!

Want to Get More Involved?

Join the Teen Advisory Group!

Cat figurine posed on a stack of books

This essential group helps the Young Adult Librarian decide what programs to offer and suggests materials for the collection. TAG members also make decorations, create displays, assist with children’s programs and more! If you are interested in joining, please email Jessica Wright.

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WBMS Summer Reading List

Two Pals ReadingBeaman Library is here to help you obtain the books you need for Summer Reading. At least 2 copies of each book included on the Summer Reading list will be available for borrowing during the summer months. Titles may be borrowed for 2 weeks with no renewals. To borrow a book to complete your Summer Reading, visit the Library, select and borrow the book you would like. All titles will be on display in the Library's Teen Space for easy browsing and selection.

Review the entire list, including the required response paperwork from your school, here

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