Summer Reading Programs for All Ages

May 18, 2016

The Westport Library announces Summer Reading programs for all ages beginning Memorial Day weekend and continuing through Labor Day weekend. This year, participants can sign up using a new online reading program called Beanstack, which offers reading recommendations and book logging. A special Summer Reading Book Fair will be held on Saturday, June 11, at Barnes & Noble in Westport. Library staff will be available to recommend books and provide materials for making bookmarks. Meet authors including Karlin Gray, Nora Baskin, Michaela MacColl and Kara Thomas. A portion of the day’s sales will benefit the Library’s summer reading programs.

The programs are divided into the following groups:

Pre-readers: This youngest group can join a special club, get a journal and a prize. Sign up through Beanstack here.

Independent Readers: The Summer Reading theme this year is “On Your Mark, Get Set … READ!” Register in person at the Smilow Family Children’s Library (or on Beanstack) and drop by to pick up prizes and make a decoration for every five books read. The “On-Your-Mark Challenge” begins Friday, June 24. Sign up through Beanstack here.

Middle and High School Students: Every five books read will earn students one entry into a drawing for the following prizes: a sculpting class with sculptor Chris Crowe for the winner and four friends, a VIP gaming experience for the winner and four friends, VIP access to the Harry Potter Party July 30, all-day MakerSpace 3D printing and a free ticket to the all-night Maker Madness in March of 2017. Sign up through Beanstack here.

Summer Reading for Adults: New this year—sign up on Beanstack. Look for special incentive gifts and prize drawings throughout the summer. Guide for details on adult summer reading, including book list recommendations.

• Cocktails for Book Lovers, Tuesday, May 31, 6 pm, Rive Bistro in Westport. Kick start the summer reading season with Tessa Smith McGovern, co-founder of Fairfield County Writers’ Studio, host of Book Girl TV and author of Book Girl’s Guide to Cocktails for Book Lovers and London Road: Linked Stories. Join this special cocktail mixer featuring light refreshments served along with a reading from McGovern’s book London Road. Cash bar. Register online. Sponsor: Rive Bistro.

• Sybil Steinberg's New Book Picks for Summer Reading, Friday, June 3, noon, McManus Room. Get ready for summer reading as Westporter Sybil Steinberg, contributing editor and former book review section editor for Publishers Weekly, returns with her ever-popular talk on the best new books.

• How to Read Like a Writer, Tuesday, June 7, 7 pm, McManus Room. Award-winning writer and teacher Sally Allen, PhD., will lead a workshop designed for writers or anyone interested in exploring how language and structure shape ideas. Participants will look at both sentence-level and larger structural issues, including how story arc, character development, tension, and point of view work together to explore a book’s themes and ideas. Allen is the author of Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers, which weaves personal stories