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‘Oceans of Possibilities’ Saugus Public Library launches 2022 Summer Reading Program

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(Editor’s Note: The following info is from a press release issued by the Saugus Public Library this week.)

  The Saugus Public Library invites readers of all ages to dive into the 2022 “Oceans of Possibilities” summer reading program. There will be programs and prizes for children, teens and adults. Registration starts on Monday, June 20 and runs through August 26.

Kids Summer Reading 2022

  Summer reading plays a vital role in helping reduce what is known as the “Summer Slide” – the learning loss experienced between school years, which can leave students dramatically behind their peers. The Saugus Public School District recommends that kids read at least 20 minutes a day this summer. The library is here to help families create a summer reading routine that is fun for kids and families.

Kids prizes

  We provide all kinds of prizes to incentivize reading. We have a prize cart with books and toys. We’re also giving away reading Brag Tags and colorful beads – kids love watching that chain grow as they record their reading. We also have gift cards and vouchers donated by local businesses. We will have Grand Prize drawings for whale watches, sailboat rides and tickets to visit the beluga whales at the Mystic Aquarium. The deadline for Grand Prize drawings is August 2!

How to register kids

  Families are encouraged to register for the “Oceans of Possibilities” Summer Reading Program using the Beanstack app. It’s easy – just download the Beanstack app, register under the Saugus Public Library and you’re on your way. It’s like a Fitbit for reading – but includes lots of fun activities and links to ocean-themed stories, drawing lessons and informative videos about the oceans and ocean animals!

  Registration opens on June 20. For more information, or to register in person, stop by the library or visit our website (www.sauguspubliclibrary.org/children/summer-reading-program/).

Kids programs

  The library will be offering plenty of free educational and enriching activities all summer long. Activities will include story times, STEAM programs, summer reading enrichment for grades K/1 and 2/3, live animal programs, a magician, a life-size humpback whale, take & make crafts and much, much, more! All programs are free of charge. Check the library’s online event calendar for details.

Build a reader

  We suggest creating a reading routine this summer: at the same time of day; turn off the media, sit with a child and enjoy a good story. Read when they read, read to them or let them read to you. Let them read what they love. Provide a variety of reading materials, leave them in the car, or download audiobooks to your phone and listen while you run errands. Need some help getting your child to fall in love with reading? Stop by the library and see us!

Adult Summer Reading 2022

  The summer is about to begin – full of possibilities. Whether you head to the beach with a paperback or listen to an audiobook in your car, you can explore our summer theme “Oceans of Possibilities.” Step outside your comfort zone: Take a trip, cook something new, try a new author. Check our website for suggestions. Who knows what’s possible?

  Every adult who enters our summer reading contest will be eligible for a drawing for a Kindle Paperwhite at the end of the summer. To participate, fill out the form on our website or print and mail it to the library at Adult Summer Reading, Saugus Public Library, 295 Central St., Saugus, MA 01906. You can also pick up a form at the library.

  See website for details: https://www.sauguspubliclibrary.org/adult-summer-reading-2022/

Teen Summer Reading 2022: Grades 6-12, June 20-August 26

  Submit a form online for every book that you read over the summer. Books can be graphics, manga, fiction, nonfiction or audio books. You can use required reading books for school, or your own picks. Participants will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 Amazon gift card! The more reading forms you submit, the greater your chances of winning!

  See website for details: https://www.sauguspubliclibrary.org/teen-summer-reading-2022-grades-6-12/

Special programs in July at the Iron Works:

  Thursday, July 14, 10:30 a.m.: WildLife Encounters.

  Thursday, July 28, 10 a.m.: Whalemobile (Registration required, grades 1st-6th).

Special programs in August at the Iron Works:

  Thursday, August 11, 10 a.m.: Henry the Juggler.

  Tuesday, August 23, 10 a.m.: Magic Fred!

  Friday, August 26: Summer Reading Ends! Last day to log reading and collect prizes.

How summer reading works

  • Registration starts on Monday, June 20; register using the Beanstack app or in person.
  • Check the library’s Summer Reading Page for details.
  • Read at least 20 minutes a day.
  • Earn prizes as you work towards your goal!
  • Come to our summer programs; see our online event calendar for up-to-date details.

Weekly programs:

  Monday, 9:30 a.m.: Coordinated Family & Community Engagement (CFCE), two years old & under Playgroup.

  Monday, 10:30 a.m.: CFCE three years old Playgroup.

  Monday, 3:30 p.m.: CFCE Full STEAM Ahead (three years old+).

  Tuesday, 9:30 am.: CFCE Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten (three to five years old).

  Tuesday, 3:30 p.m.: CFCE Friendship Storytime & Craft (three years old+).

  Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.: Music & Mother Goose at the Iron Works (one to four years old).

  Wednesday. 9:30 a.m.: Baby & Me (Birth to two years old) at the Iron Works.

  Wednesday. 10:30 a.m.: Storytime for twos & threes at the Iron Works.

  Friday, 9:30 a.m.: CFCE Friendship Story Time (two to four years old).

  Friday, 9:30 a.m.: CFCE four to five years old Playgroup.

  Friday, 10:30 a.m.: CFCE Sensory Play Group (two to four years old).

  2022 Children’s Ocean Themed Summer Reading Program

  Saugus Public Library, 295 Central St., 781-231-4168; for more information contact melton@noblenet.org

Grand Prize Drawings!

to be held by August 2

  • Tickets to the Mystic Aquarium: two adult, two child.
  • Tickets to NE Aquarium Whale Watch: two adult, two child.
  • Tickets to a Sunset Sail Salem, afternoon cruise (two)
  • Tickets to Canobie Lake Park (two)

  Weekly drawings for free ice cream, pizza, bowling, mini golf, roller skating, etc.

Monthly programs

  Afternoon Story and Craft with Kelly! (three years old+)

  Reading Squad Book Club (nine-12 years old)

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