2022 Summer Reading Programs & Events

Summer Reading Begins June 21 – August 21

Read and earn prizes – it is as easy as that.

Download the library’s Summer Newsletter to keep track of all the activities!

2022 Summer Newsletter

 

Pick up your reading gameboard at the library, or register online to print from home. Register and you will automatically be entered in for a chance to win an Xbox Series X!

Winners will be announced on August 22!

Remember only one registration per person!

Register Online 

Saturday, June 25 from 1 pm - 3pm

Come sign up for Summer Reading, play outdoor games and enjoy ice cream! Rain or shine!

Made possible by a grant from Community Foundation of Middlesex County & Peach Pit Foundation partnership.

 

Registration is suggested as seating is limited and is available one month prior to the event.

Bring the Hoopla
THURSDAY, JUNE 30 AT 6 PM
This fun, interactive and outdoor hula hoop program will provide instructions, games and so much more.

Jeepers Creeper
THURSDAY, JULY 7 AT 6 PM
See and touch a variety of reptiles, amphibians, arachnids, insects and more!

Matt Matthews Magic
THURSDAY, JULY 14 AT 6 PM
Learn some new magic tricks with master magician, Matt Mathews.

Safety PAWtrol
THURSDAY, JULY 21 AT 6 PM
Learn about all the tools needed to be safe around dogs.

Li Lu Acrobatics
THURSDAY, JULY 28 AT 6:30 PM
Families will be delighted by the amazing acrobatics of Li Lu, who will blend artistic cycling,
hand balancing, plate spinning, and more spectacular tricks and stunts for a fun-filled program.

Birds of Prey
THURSDAY, AUGUST 4 AT 6 PM
Join us outdoors as we host A Place Called Hope, a Rehabilitation and Education Center of Birds of Prey.

Woodland Animals
THURSDAY, AUGUST 11 AT 6 PM
Encounter some of CT's forest-dwelling animals!

Jamilah Henna Creations
THURSDAY, AUGUST 18 AT 6 PM
Join Jamilah on the Library's lawn and watch while she creates beautiful henna art designs on your hand or arm.

 

Countdown to Kindergarten
TUESDAYS, JUNE 28 - AUGUST 9 AT 10:30 AM
This 7-week school readiness will include stories, song and activities to help caregivers to read and develop the skills needed to be successful in school. Open to all ages, but designed for 4 to 5 year olds.

Drop-in Crafts
WEDNESDAYS, JUNE 29 - AUGUST 24 AT 10:30 AM - 12 PM
Each week, we will feature a fun craft to make in person, or to pack up and take home.

Sing & Stomp
FRIDAYS, JULY 1 - AUGUST 19 AT 10:30 AM
A song and dance party for children of all ages and their grown up.

Fun Fridays
FRIDAYS, JULY 1 - AUGUST 19 AT 11 AM
Come play with outdoor games, bubbles, chalk, and so much more!

Ukeulele Campfire Songs for Kids
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 AT 1 PM
Learn to play campfire songs on the ukulele with Julie Stepanek. Ukuleles will be provided for the program. Participants will be taught how to hold, tune, strum, fret and read chord diagrams and then we'll play some fun and easy songs!
Free and open to children ages 5 and up.
Space is limited, and registration is required.
Sponsored by the Friends of Acton Library

Register for Events Here!

YALL Drop-in Sessions
TUESDAYS, JUNE 28, JULY 5, 12 & 19, AUGUST 9, 16 & 23 AT 11 AM.
Games, crafts and fun!

Dungeons & Dragons 12+ 
FRIDAYS, JULY 1, 8 & 22 AT 3 PM

Dungeons & Dragons 16+
WEDNESDAYS, JUNE 22, JULY 6 & 20, AUGUST 10 & 24 AT 5:30 PM

Kahoot!
THURSDAYS, JUNE 23, JULY 7 & 21, AUGUST 4 & 18 AT 3 PM

In-house Game Day
THURSDAYS, JULY 14 & AUGUST 11 AT 3 PM

Video Game Tourney
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19 AT 1:30 PM
Seeking players to compete against our next challenger. The cup lays with Scranton, can we bring it home?
Sponsored by the Friends of Acton Library

Register for Events Here!

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YA Reading Prizes

 

 

Tech Time with Brian
MONDAYS FROM 10 AM - 2 PM

Tech Time with Emily
THURSDAYS FROM 12 PM - 5 PM

Managing Your Passwords
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20 AT 2 PM

Downloading eBooks
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17 AT 2 PM

DIY Mosquito Repellent Candle
TUESDAY, JUNE 21 AT 6 PM

Welcome to Forest Bathing
SATURDAY, JULY 9 AT 11 AM

Wrapped Starfish Ornament
TUESDAY, JULY 19 AT 6 PM
Sponsored by the Friends of Acton Library

Rope Wreath
TUESDAY, AUGUST 16 AT 6 PM

Ukulele Campfire Songs
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 AT 2:30 PM

Knitting Group
THURSDAYS AT 5:30 PM

Coloring & Conversation
MONDAYS, JULY 11 & AUGUST 1 AT 2 PM

Register for Events Here!

Foodie Fiction
MONDAYS AT 3:30 PM
June 27 Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
July 25 The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
August 22 The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Social Justice Book Discussion
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27 AT 6:30 PM
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Cookbook Club
TUESDAYS AT 6:30 PM
June 28 Jubilee: recipes from two centuries of African American cooking by Toni Tipton-Martin
July 26 Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi
August 23 The Well Plated Cookbook by Erin Clarke

Wednesday Book Group
WEDNESDAYS AT 10:30 PM
July 6 The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
August 3 The Book of Salt by Monique T. D. Truong

Mystery Book Group
WEDNESDAYS AT 1 PM
June 22 Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci
July 27 An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten
August 31 Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healy

Books on Tap Book Group (Ages 21+)
Meet at Myrcene Ale Co.
THURSDAYS AT 6:30 PM
July 14 Finding Freedom: A Cook's Story: Remaking a Life From Scratch by Erin French.
August 11 Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

Register Here

Make Music Day
TUESDAY, JUNE 21 FROM 12 PM - 7:30 PM
Celebrate with us here at Acton on the Patio with a wonderful lineup of musicians throughout the day.

Author Visit: Rajani LaRocca
SATURDAY, JULY 16 AT 12 PM
Author Rajani LaRocca describes the inspiration for Red, White, and Whole with time for Q & A and book signing
Sponsored by the Friends of Acton Library

Friday Flicks
FRIDAYS AT 12:30 PM
Come in out of the afternoon heat & enjoy the library's air conditioning while watching 2022 Oscar nominated movies on out 9 foot screen. Light refreshments. Free and open to all. No registration.<
JUNE 24       West Side Story PG-13, 156 min.<
JULY 1           Raya and the Last Dragon PG, 114 min.
JULY 8          Summer of Soul PG-13, 118 min.
JULY 22        Mitchells vs. the Machines PG, 114 min.
JULY 29        Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings PG-13, 132 min.
AUGUST 5    Encanto PG, 99 min.<
AUGUST 12  Spider-Man: No Way Home PG-13, 150 min.

Mindful Mondays: Guided Meditation
MONDAY, JUNE 27 AT 4 PM
Join Brian Story for guided meditation and stress reducing session sharing mindfulness and creative visualization techniques.

Open Mic Jams & Slams
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, JULY 13, AUGUST 17 AT 6 PM
Join us for a strum and a song. A poem or rant. Some comed or read-alouds? Karaoke? Hosted by YA librarian, performer and percussionist, Brian Story for sunset Open Mic.

Read with Me
FIRST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH FROM 11 AM - 1 PM
Stop by the library for a chance to read to a therapy dog! Time slots are limited to 15 minutes per family and available on a first come, first served basis. Registration is not required.

Acton CompassionKnits
WEDNESDAYS AT 4 PM
This group, led by Acton Public Library staff members, will knit and /or crochet items to be donated to a cause. Needles, yarn & patterns will be provided for charity projects. You may also bring your own supplies to work on a project of your own.