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Children's Summer Reading Program

Fizz, Boom, READ @ Cary Library
for kids Age 0 - Grade 6

June 2nd - August 29th

Reading begins ................................... June 2
Reading Ends ................................ August 29
Last Day to Report ................. ..September 12

Children whose families spend time reading grow up to be avid readers. Our goal is to motivate you to read on your own or with your family for at least fifteen minutes every day this summer.

What can I read?

You may read any books or magazines you choose, in any language you choose. They do not have to be from the Library. Reading aloud to a friend or family member, listening to audiobooks, or listening to someone read to you also counts.

Keep track of the time you spend reading on your paper reading log. Each time you complete 10 hours of reading (that’s 600 minutes!), you may choose a small prize (a toy or paperback book) from the prize cart in the Children’s Room. Also, each time you complete 10 hours of reading the Friends of the Cary Memorial Library will donate 10¢ to LexFarm to build a shed in the education farm.

Download your Summer Reading Log

Fizz, Boom, READ! is sponsored by The Friends of Cary Memorial Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.


Children entering grades 4 - 6 are invited to take the Reading Challenge:

  1. Read one book in each of ten different genres (categories or types of books)
  2. Bring your completed Reading Challenge Reading Log to Cary Library
  3. Answer a few questions about the books you’ve read
  4. Receive a special prize!

We’ll also add your name to the "Wall of Fame".

Download your Reading Challenge Reading Log and rules (includes the genre definitions

You must read a total to 10 books. Books that meet the requirements of more than one genre (example: a biography of David Ortiz) may only be used for one genre.

Genre definitions for the Reading Challenge:

  • BIOGRAPHY OR AUTOBIOGRAPHY - A true account of someone’s life, or part of that life. An autobiography is a person’s own account of his or her life. If you choose a collective biography, containing information on many people, you must read the entire book.
  • FANTASY - A fictional story in which magic or the supernatural causes impossible events to occur, in our own world, or in an imaginary world.
  • FOLKLORE OR FAIRY TALE - A story based on legend, myth, or oral tradition.
  • GRAPHIC NOVEL - Book-length fiction or non-fiction in comic-strip format.
  • HISTORICAL FICTION - A realistic fictional story set in the past, which portrays a time period or historical event. (Time travel into the past is Fantasy, not Historical Fiction.)
  • HISTORY (NON-FICTION) - A factual account of past events.
  • MYSTERY - A fictional story in which a character or characters try to solve a crime or puzzling event.
  • POETRY COLLECTION OR NOVEL IN VERSE - A collection of poems, or a novel-length story told in verse.
  • REALISTIC FICTION - A fictional story about contemporary kids, their problems, and their relationships with families and friends. The author writes about his or her own time period.
  • SCIENCE (NON-FICTION) - A book with factual information about the physical or natural world, gained through observation and experimentation.
  • SCIENCE FICTION - A fictional story about a future made possible by scientific or technological advances.
  • SPORTS (FICTION- OR NON-FICTION) - A sports-themed book

Special Events

There will be all sorts of special events and activities happening at Cary Library this summer for kids of all ages.  Check out our programs page, print a copy of our program brochure, or stop by Cary Library for more information.

Recommended Summer Reading Lists

These lists were created collaboratively by the librarians at the Lexington elementary schools and the children's librarians of Cary Memorial Library.

Download your Recommended Summer Reading List:

Can't decide what books to read, stop by and chat with one of our staff and we'll be happy to help you find just the right book. In the mean time, take a look at some of the highlighted selections below.

Selections from the Summer Reading List- Grades K - 1

Selections from the Summer Reading List- Grades 2 - 3

Selections from the Summer Reading List- Grades 4 - 6