June 21 — August 26
For youth entering grades 6-12
Read and complete fun activities for the chance to be a winner of one of 9 Grand Prizes!
Incoming 6th graders can participate in either the children's or teen summer reading program.
Teen Summer Reading Flyer (Printer-friendly PDF)
For Nichols Middle School students
In collaboration with the Nichols Middle School, students entering grades 6-8 this fall can complete their school summer reading requirement by participating in the Library's summer reading program.
Incoming 6th graders have the choice to participate in the children's program or the teen program. Both programs work the same way, but offer different prizes.
The Teen Librarian will provide your teachers with statistics on how many hours each student read. Students can also print out a reading log if they wish.
Read For a Chance to Win!
Read what you like—that includes graphic novels, magazines, ebooks, and listening to audiobooks—and log your reading time as you go or in chunks of time. Whenever you reach a reading milestone (4, 8, 10, 12, 20 hours etc.), you'll earn a virtual Logging Badge.
For each badge you earn, you'll also be awarded virtual tickets towards the Grand Prize Raffle. The higher-level reading milestones (20 hours and more) are worth more tickets, so the more you read, the more tickets you earn.
Complete the Program and Earn a Free Book
Complete 12 hours of reading to earn your virtual Completion Badge and a free book! You can stop in at the Library's Teen Desk, browse our selection of tween and teen books, and select one as your prize book.
Don't stop reading! You can continue logging your reading time to earn more chances towards the grand prize raffle.
Nichols Middle School students — Nichols Middle School students entering grades 6-8 in the fall are required to read and log at least 12 hours to complete their school summer reading requirement.
20-Hour Amazon Reading Raffle
Hey super readers! Log 20 or more hours by the end of the program to be automatically entered into this special raffle for a $25 Amazon gift card. This raffle is separate from the Grand Prize Raffle.
Reading and Beyond — Activities
Looking for other ways to earn tickets and get ahead of the competition? Complete themed activities to earn Activity Badges. Activities range from cooking, crafting, and writing to virtual escape rooms, outdoor adventure, and getting active.
You can earn from 3-20 tickets for completing a badge. Sometimes completing one badge will unlock another badge, giving you more chances to earn tickets!
Grand Prize Raffle
We're raffling off nine grand prizes to teen participants who have earned at least one badge. To enter the raffle, be sure to put your virtual tickets into the prize drawings that you are interested in winning. You can add all to one drawing or divide them up however you like!
You can add and subtract tickets from a drawing at any time up until 11:59 p.m. on August 26. Winners of the Grand Prize Raffle will be notified at the beginning of Setember. One prize per participant.
Each grand prize will contain: a Tails & Tales book light, plus a gift card to one of these businesses: Amazon, Cumberland Farms, Dairy Queen, Dunkin' Donuts, a local movie theater, a local pizza place, Target, The Game Reserve, and more.
Two Special Prizes
Readers can also put their virtual tickets towards two separate prizes to win a ticket to the Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park in Bellingham, MA and to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA (ticket is for youth up to age 15).
Special thanks to the Friends of the Library and to the Western Massachusetts Library Advocates for making funding for these prizes possible. Thank you to The Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and the U.S.S. Constitution Museum for their generous donations. We would also like to thank Dairy Queen for their continued support and generosity.
Questions? Call us at 508-946-2470 or email Teen Librarian Christine Dargelis at
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Tails & Tales is sponsored by the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, CLSP, and supported by the National Women's Hockey League team Boston Pride, and through the generosity of the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library. The Beanstack summer reading platform is made possible by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and with the assistance of the Massachusetts Library System.