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Summer Reading at Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, Massachusetts

Children's Summer Reading Program

Build A Better World @ Cary Library

Kids Age 0 - entering Grade 5

June 15 - August 26, 2017

(last day to claim prizes is September 10, 2017)

Build A Better World is sponsored by The Friends of Cary Memorial Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.


This summer, Cary Library is offering a new way to track your child’s summer reading! Using the Beanstack online software, you can track your entire family’s reading under one account.
1.       Go to
2.       Scroll down the page and click on the “Register an Individual or Family” button.
3.       Create an account. This will be the primary account. Multiple readers may be registered within this account so each child’s reading can be tracked separately.
4.       The program will ask if you wish to register another adult. Click no.
5.       The program will ask if you wish to register a child. Click yes! Enter the child’s information.
6.       Repeat steps 4 & 5 for each child.
1.       Go to
2.       Scroll down and click on “Sign in Here.”
3.       Sign in
4.       In the upper left corner of the page you’ll see which account you are currently viewing. To change to a different reader, click “Switch Readers.”
5.       Choose the reader you wish to register.
6.       You will see a list of programs your child may be eligible for. Choose the appropriate program (s) and click the “Register” button. If you are not interested in participating in one or more of the offered programs, click “Not Interested.”
7.       Repeat for any additional children.
1.       Sign into your account at
3.       In the upper left corner of the page you’ll see which account you are currently viewing. To change to a different reader, click “Switch Readers.”
5.       You will see the program (s) in which the child is registered.
6.       Click “Return to Program”
7.       Click “The Log” in the menu bar along the top of the page
8.       Click “Log Reading and Activities”
9.       Choose “minutes” or “activities” and fill in the requested information (Depending on which program your child is participating in, you may see only one option)
10.   If you are logging reading or activities for multiple children, you can easily switch between readers’ accounts by clicking on the drop down menu at the top of the logging page and selecting a different reader. By selecting “All Readers” you can log minutes, events, etc., to all of your readers at once.
Children earn badges when they achieve goals or complete tasks in the reading programs. When earned, badges will appear on their account. Badges that have not yet been earned may appear grayed out.
When a prize is earned, you will be notified both within the program, and by email. Come in to the library to redeem your prize!

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Preschool Reading Program (ages 0 - pre-Kindergarten):

Reading preparation begins BEFORE your child starts school — it begins at birth! There are five early literacy practices that every child needs to get ready to read, listen and write. This program is designed to encourage parents and caregivers to engage in these early literacy practices with your child all while exploring art, science, math, and more! Get ready to talk, sing, read, write, and play! 

Download your Challenge Board
Download Activity Cards for kids ages 0 - 2
Download Activity Cards for kids ages 3 - 5

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School Age Reading Program (entering Kindergarten – Grade 5):

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. Once you have logged 10 hours, get your parent or guardian to bring you to the library and pick out a prize!

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 audio books, or listening to someone read to you also counts.

Keep track of the time you spend reading on your paper log. Each time you complete 10 hours of reading (that’s 600 minutes!), you may choose book from the prize cart in the Children’s Room at Cary Library. You may earn up to 10 prizes this summer.

Download your Summer Reading Log

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Take the READING WITHOUT WALLS CHALLENGE (entering Grades 3-5)
This is an extra special challenge for avid readers to expand their reading horizons and push themselves to read outside their comfort zones. You may do this in addition to, or in lieu of, the reading program. Time spent reading books for the Challenge does count for the Reading Program.

Expand your reading horizons! To complete the Reading Challenge, you need to read:

  1. one book about a HUMAN character with a realistic human characteristic that is different from you!
    Diversity comes in many forms: race, religion, gender, geography, sexual orientation, class, ability, and more

  2. one book about a topic you do not know much about.
    Read a book about a topic that you don’t know anything about: science, math, history, sports, a biography, a place, etc.

  3. one book in a format that you do not normally read for fun!
    Examples of format: graphic novel, novel in verse, audio book, ebook
    If you read mostly graphic novels, try a chapter book
    If you read chapter books, try a novel in verse
    If you always read a physical book - try listening to a book on audio or read an ebook!

Enter the titles of the books you’ve read into the Reading Without Walls program in your Beanstack account.  Once you have logged all three books, you’ll receive a small prize, and a certificate of completion, and you’ll get to remove a “brick” from the wall around the desk in the Children’s Room and put your name up in its place!

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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. Can't remember that awesome book you heard about from one of our librarians at your school? Look through these titles and you will find it!

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Selections from the Summer Reading List- Grades K - 1

  • Ivan : the remarkable true story of the shopping mall gorilla
  • Six dots : a story of young Louis Braille
  • Last Stop on Market Street
  • Finding Winnie : the true story of the world's most famous bear
  • My teacher is a monster!
  • Horrible bear!
  • The chicken-chasing queen of Lamar County
  • The not so quiet library
  • Thunder Boy Jr.
  • Me Jane
  • The day the crayons quit
  • Du iz tak?
  • Red : a crayon's story
  • Adventures of Beekle
  • Dragons Love Tacos

Selections from the Summer Reading List- Grades 2 - 3

  • Six dots : a story of young Louis Braille
  • Growing up Pedro
  • The Chicken Squad
  • The infamous Ratsos
  • Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom
  • Rise of the balloon goons
  • Bunjitsu Bunny
  • Princess in Black
  • I dissent : Ruth Bader Ginsburg makes her mark
  • Akimbo and the elephants
  • A spy called James : the true story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War double agent
  • Alvin Ho allergic to girls, school, and other scary things
  • Inspector Flytrap
  • Fairest of all
  • Harriet the invincible
  • Agnes and Clarabelle
  • Sam the Man & the chicken plan
  • The Oodlethunks
  • The adventures of Henry Whiskers
  • Always watch out for the flying potato salad!
  • Giant squid
  • Princess Cora and the crocodile

Selections from the Summer Reading List- Grades 4 - 6

  • Boys of Steel
  • Jars of hope
  • Misadventures of the Family Fletcher
  • The wild robot
  • It ain't so awful, falafel
  • Nine, ten : a September 11 story
  • The War That Saved My Life
  • Cosmic
  • Circus Mirandus
  • Zita the spacegirl. book one, Far from home
  • Outlaws Spies and Gangsters
  • Big top burning : the story of an arsonist, a missing girl, and the greatest show on Earth
  • The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • Survivors club
  • The girl who drank the moon
  • Stella by starlight
  • The thing about jellyfish
  • Roller girl
  • As brave as you
  • The seventh wish
  • Artemis Fowl
  • The Crossover
  • Child soldier : when boys and girls are used in war
  • Raymie nightingale
  • One half from the east
  • Cast off
  • The ultimate book of randomly awesome facts
  • The One and Only Ivan
  • Runs with Courage