Teens

2020 Teen Summer Reading

We invite you to “Imagine Your Story” and join the Beverly Public Library’s 2020 Teen Summer Reading Program. The Summer Reading Program runs from Monday, June 22 to Friday, August 14. Participants will be able to track their reading and earn the opportunity to win prizes. Download the Beanstack app or sign up online beginning June 22.

Log each hour you read. For every hour logged, you’ll earn a raffle ticket for the chance to win a gift card to local businesses.
Participate in our summer reading programs and activities. You’ll earn raffle tickets for participating.
Complete the program by reading and logging 20 hours. All participants who complete the program will be entered into a raffle for one of our grand prizes – Boston Bruins hockey stick or Jersey (both signed by the team) or a $50 gift card.

If you would prefer not to use the Beanstack app, you can log your hours & activities on paper, and contact Meghan at karasin@noblenet.org to have your tickets entered into the drawings. You must contact Meghan before August 14 with final numbers.

Summer Reading Programs

If you participate in any of these programs online, be sure to log them in the Beanstack app to earn your activity badge – and raffle ticket. Registration opens on June 22.

Teen Book Club: Truly Devious
July 1 from 2-3 PM
Remote via Zoom. Registration required. Space is limited.
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson is available on hoopla.

Zine Scene: Teen Zine Making Workshop
July 7 from 2-3:15 PM
Remote via Zoom. Registration required. Space is limited.
These homemade mini-magazines on niche topics let you bring together comics, art, writing, poetry, and more to share ideas. You’ll learn about zines and start making your very own.

Meal in a Mug: Pizza
July 9 from 11-11:30 AM
Remote via Zoom. Registration required. Space is limited.
Learn to make a personal pizza – in a mug.

Murder Mystery Party
July 14 from 2-4 PM
Remote via Zoom. Registration required. Space is limited.
We are taking our murder mystery party online this summer…..One teen is secretly – and unknowingly – the murder.  And the rest of the attendees must solve the crime!

Meal in a Mug: Lasagna
July 16 from 11-11:30 AM
Remote via Zoom. Registration required. Space is limited.
Learn to make a single serving of lasagna – in a mug.

Meal in a Mug: Brownies
July 23 from 11-11:30 AM
Remote via Zoom. Registration required. Space is limited.
Brownie making – in a mug!

Teen Book Club: Gone
July 30 from 2-3 PM
Remote via Zoom. Registration required. Space is limited.
Gone by Michael Grant is available on hoopla.

Henna Alchemy
August 4 & 5 from 2-3 PM
Remote via Zoom. Registration required. Space is limited. Participants must attend both days of the program.
Ever wonder how henna paste is made? Learn to make your own henna with Mandy of Wicked Good Henna.

Summer Reading Activities

Complete these activities on your own at your own pace. Be sure to log them in the Beanstack app to earn your activity badge – and raffle ticket. You only need to complete one activity in each category to earn that badge.

WRITE IT

  • Who is your Hero: Think about who your hero was when you were a child, teen, and who your hero is now. How have the qualities you use to describe a hero changed over time?
  • Your Own Timeless Tale: Reach out to some of your relatives to find out some of their favorite family stories or stories that were important to the family. Talk to family members of all ages to get a range of topics.
  • Magical Abilities: If you could have any magical ability, what would it be? What would you do with it? Would you have been born with it, or did you learn it some other way? Write about your magical ability. Then ask your family what magical ability they would choose!
  • Quest Letter: Imagine you are playing outside one day when a carrier pigeon drops a piece of rolled up parchment into your lap. You carefully unroll it. Inside it tells you you must save the day! Write what the letter says below. Include who/what you are being called to save, why, and what the journey will look like to get there.
  • Fractured Fairy Tale: What is your favorite fairy tale or folk tale? Three little pigs? Cinderella? The Gingerbread Man? Pick your favorite and rewrite it as if you were the main character. What would you do differently? Would it still be in the same place, like a castle, or would it be at your house or apartment? Will the ending be the same?

CREATE IT

  • Catapults – Build a catapult with simple materials you have at home.
  • Labyrinth – Harness your inner Daedalus and construct an elaborate labyrinth at home.
  • Pan Pipe – Build a pan pipe with a handful of plastic straws and play some simple tunes.
  • Knight Shield – Head off on a journey after building your own shield.

New This Year

We are participating in a statewide summer reading challenge — the First Lady of the Commonwealth and Blades’ Summer Reading Challenge. This program is sponsored by the Boston Bruins and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. We challenge everyone in Beverly to join together and read for a total of 250,000 minutes!

“Imagine Your Story” Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Beverly Public Library, the Friends of the Beverly Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.