News (Reading)

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

Beanstack: a NEW tool for what to read next

March 1, 2016


Check out Beanstack at

  • Receive weekly book recommendations, linked to the Library catalog, that are tailored to your child's age, reading level and interests
  • Weekly learning tips and other fun ideas too!

Planning a Trip? Check Out an eBook!

July 30, 2013


The Library has plenty of ebooks for you through 3M Cloud Library and Freading. Check out some of the most popular titles:

Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani
Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld
The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Lost Girls by Robert Kolker
The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
Country Girl by Edna O'Brien
Bunker Hill by Nathaniel Philbrick

Traveling with kids? Try Tumblebooks, a new service featuring interactive books and games in several different languages.



Summer Reading for All

July 1, 2013

summer reading Join the Kids Summer Reading Club and read, read, read. Enjoy the popular Scavenger Hunt, too!


summer readingJoin the Teen's Summer Reading Club and read beneath the surface.


summer readingFor adults: Book discussion groups, Sybil suggests and other recommendations.


Library Summer Reading Program a Huge Success

September 6, 2012

Reach for the StarsHundreds of paper stars hang from the ceiling of the Westport Children’'s Library, representing the number of books read during the Summer Reading program. The annual event included 1,916 children who read almost 13,000 books! Nearly all of them participated in the summer-long scavenger hunt connected to the program, this year called “"Reach for the Stars."” One child summed up the enthusiasm, "You walk in, and there’'s just fun hanging from everywhere!”"


Summer Reading for All

May 22, 2012

The Library has some GREAT summer reading clubs and recommendations for readers of all ages. Check out the following:

Kids Summer Reading Club
Summer Reading Club for Kids: Reach for the Stars

Reading recommendation for Kids

Teen-Own the Night
 Teen Summer Reading: Own The Night

Summer Reading
For adults: Reading recommendations
Book blogs
Book discussion groups