Summer Reading

A green watercolor slide with the text "Summer Reading 2024: June 8-August 16. Raffle Prizes, Events, and more for Children, Teens, & Adults!" with a picture of a macaw parrot carrying a yellow banner with the Summer Reading theme of "Read, Renew, Repeat"

Summer Reading 2024 starts on Saturday, June 8 and runs through Friday, August 16! This 10 week run makes it our longest summer reading EVER, 20% longer than previous years! Also special for this year: we have a Summer Reading Program for adults, too! Join us for reading rewards, special events, and more! Our theme this year is "Read, Renew, Repeat." Our Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Why participate in Summer Reading?  You can get raffle tickets for the reading you do! Children and Teens get one raffle ticket for every hour they read, and adults get one raffle ticket for every book they read. What are the raffle tickets for? A wide variety of gift cards, prizes, and more!

On Paper and Online:

All parts of summer reading (registration, time tracking, and raffle tickets) are available both in person and online this year. Once you register and Summer Reading has begun, you can keep track of your reading on paper or virtually. You can also mix-and-match between paper and virtual logging depending on what works better for you and your family.

Paper tracking works by keeping track of your time or number of books read read on a reading log. For Pre-K and Elementary School, you then bring your log in to get your stickers or raffle tickets. Adults and Teens would fill out the appropriate amount of paper raffle tickets and insert them in their desired prize box(es).

Online Summer Reading gives you the option to log your time or get virtual raffle tickets through Beanstack. If you also sign up for the online version, you can still log on paper and/or collect paper tickets if you prefer (and vice versa).

Why use the online summer reading?

  • If you have a ton of tickets to fill out at one time, it can be easier than writing them all out by hand.
  • Going on vacation? You can enter in your raffle tickets from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.
  • You can’t lose your summer reading log.
  • You might like virtual time logging and find it easier than the paper version.
  • It does the math for you—13 minutes there, 75 minutes there, it will add it all up into hours.

You can use Beanstack as a website or an app, and use it along side of the paper version of summer reading if you'd like to (examples: you can log your time virtually and come in person to get paper tickets, or just use the online version for when you are on vacation, etc.)

How do you register for Summer Reading? 

  • Register in person at the library anytime during our open hours on or after Saturday, June 8, or
  • Online via the Beanstack App (Apple App Store or Google Play Store for Androids) on our after Thursday, June 1, or
  • Online via the Beanstack Website on or after Saturday, June 1

Read on to find out more about our Summer Reading Program, raffles, events, and more!

Children's Events

This event is in the "Children" group.

Make or Take Craft

All Day
Children
Library Branch: Southbury Public Library
Room: Upstairs
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Summer Reading
Event Details:

Stop by the Youth Services department on Saturdays for our Make or Take Craft. Make it here or bring home everything you'll need to make a fun and exciting thematic paper craft. Appropriate for all ages. Young children may need assistance.

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

This event is in the "Children" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Southbury Public Library
Room: Kingsley Room A/B
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Summer Reading
Registration Required
Event Details:

Join the Southbury Garden Club to create Father's Day surprise gifts!

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

This event is in the "Children" group.

Drop-In Storytime

10:00am - 10:30am
Children
Library Branch: Southbury Public Library
Room: Storytime Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Storytimes, Summer Reading
Event Details:

Join us every Monday morning in the Storytime room for drop-in storytimes at 10am and 11am. We'll share books, rhymes, and songs and end with a simple paper craft.

Disclaimer(s)

Accompanying Adults

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to attend and be engaged with your child for this program. Drop offs will not be permitted.

This event is in the "Children" group.

Drop-In Storytime

11:00am - 11:30am
Children
Library Branch: Southbury Public Library
Room: Storytime Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Storytimes, Summer Reading
Event Details:

Join us every Monday morning in the Storytime room for drop-in storytimes at 10am and 11am. We'll share books, rhymes, and songs and end with a simple paper craft.

Disclaimer(s)

Accompanying Adults

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to attend and be engaged with your child for this program. Drop offs will not be permitted.

This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Pomperaug High School Robotics Demo and Q&A

4:00pm - 4:45pm
Children, Teens
Registration
Library Branch: Southbury Public Library
Room: Kingsley Room A/B
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: STEM/STEAM, Summer Reading
Registration Required
Event Details:

Join the PHS Robotics Team as they discuss robotics, demonstrate one of their robots, and answer your questions!

Registration is required.

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

This event is in the "Children" group.

Babies & Books Storytime

10:30am - 11:00am
Children
Registration
Library Branch: Southbury Public Library
Room: Storytime Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Storytimes, Summer Reading
Registration Required
Event Details:

Babies & Books is a lapsit storytime for children 6 to 24 months and their parents/caregivers. Listen to short stories and songs. 

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

Accompanying Adults

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to attend and be engaged with your child for this program. Drop offs will not be permitted.

Teen Events

This event is in the "Teens" group.

The Great Oreo Taste Off

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Teens
Registration
Library Branch: Southbury Public Library
Room: Brown Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Food, Games and Recreation, Summer Reading
Registration Required
Event Details:

Original, Double Stuf, Lemon, Birthday Cake, Mint, and more! Which Oreo flavor will reign supreme? We'll sample a variety of Oreo flavors to figure out our favorites, and crown one Oreo the best of all!

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

Food Allergies

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.

Wheat/Gluten Allergy

Gluten will be present in this program.

This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Pomperaug High School Robotics Demo and Q&A

4:00pm - 4:45pm
Children, Teens
Registration
Library Branch: Southbury Public Library
Room: Kingsley Room A/B
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: STEM/STEAM, Summer Reading
Registration Required
Event Details:

Join the PHS Robotics Team as they discuss robotics, demonstrate one of their robots, and answer your questions!

Registration is required.

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

This event is in the "Teens" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Southbury Public Library
Room: Brown Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Summer Reading
Registration Required
Event Details:

Turn a selfie into a watercolor self-portrait, with all supplies provided! Artist Nancy Roman will be walking us through all the necessary steps (and it is easier than you think!). No experience required!

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Teen Dungeons & Dragons

1:00pm - 4:00pm
Teens
Registration
Library Branch: Southbury Public Library
Room: Brown Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Games and Recreation, Gaming, Summer Reading
Registration Required
Event Details:

Join us and Dungeon Master Ethan for a summer long Dungeons and Dragons campaign, open to experienced and new players alike!

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

Food Allergies

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Cute Animals Hangout

2:00pm - 3:15pm
Teens
Registration
Library Branch: Southbury Public Library
Room: Brown Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Games and Recreation, Summer Reading
Registration Required
Event Details:

Come hangout with cute animals with Furry Scaly Friends!

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Teen Dungeons & Dragons

1:00pm - 4:00pm
Teens
Registration
Library Branch: Southbury Public Library
Room: Brown Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Games and Recreation, Gaming, Summer Reading
Registration Required
Event Details:

Join us and Dungeon Master Ethan for a summer long Dungeons and Dragons campaign, open to experienced and new players alike!

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

Food Allergies

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.

Adult Events

This event is in the "Adults" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Southbury Public Library
Room: Brown Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Workshop
Registration Required
Event Details:

Session 8- Writing and Polishing

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

This event is in the "Adults" group.
Library Branch: Southbury Public Library
Room: Kingsley Room B
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Library Board Meeting
Event Details:

This is the monthly meeting of the Southbury Library's Technology Committee. Meetings are open to the public.

This event is in the "Adults" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Southbury Public Library
Room: Kingsley Room A/B
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Lectures
Registration Required
Event Details:

What are those weird things that pop up in the woods after the rain? Are you mystified by wild mushrooms? Curious? Scared? Or do they make you hungry?

This event is in the "Adults" group.

How to Use Your iPhone

11:00am - 12:00pm
Adults
Registration
Library Branch: Southbury Public Library
Room: Brown Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Lectures
Registration Required
Event Details:

Join us and learn more about your iPhone.  Topics will include using the camera, texting, sending messages, using facetime and more.

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

This event is in the "Adults" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Southbury Public Library
Room: Kingsley Room A/B
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Movies
Registration Required

Wednesday at the Movies

Our Wednesday movie screenings start at 1pm and begin on the second Wednesday of each month. Closed captions are available unless otherwise noted.

*Rated R movies are for ages 17 and up only, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.*

Film screenings are sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Registration IS required.

Event Details:

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes (2023)

Rated PG-13 . 2 hours and 37 minutes. CC

Cast: Tom Blyth, Rachel Zegler, Peter Dinklage

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

This event is in the "Adults" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Southbury Public Library
Room: Kingsley Room A/B
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Event Details:

Create a portrait of your pet with watercolor artist Nancy Roman! No experience necessary. All materials will be provided - paint, paper, brushes, etc.

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

Region 15 2024 Summer Reading Lists

For Summer Reading 2024, your librarians and teachers put together suggested reading lists to provide some reading recommendations over the summer. See below for the 2024 lists:

For class-specific assignments at Pomperaug High School, please visit your Google Classroom page. If you are having difficulty accessing what you need, contact PHS's guidance department at 203-262-3238.

Find everything needed for the 2024 Governor's Summer Reading Challenge here, including a summer reading journal and suggested reading lists for grades K-12.