Waterbury Public Library’s Summer Reading / June 22 – Aug. 14

Waterbury Public Library’s Summer Reading

June 22—August 14, 2020

If Summer Reading occurs while curbside pickup is still going on:

(Please check our website for current curbside hours)

Summer Reading bags will be available in the library vestibule to pick up starting on June 23 during curbside hours.

They will include summer program related ‘goodies’, a Tales Times newspaper and instructions on how to fill out the reading logs. The reading logs will be located in a clear plastic bin with the above logo attached to it right next to the bags. Patrons may pick up one log for a child’s grade level which can be used for all 8 weeks. Please take only one bag per child. These are for children PreK and up. If the weather is nice, an outside table will be set up for this purpose.

At the end of the 8 weeks you can email the number of books read to michelle@waterburypubliclibrary.com. Those with a phone but no internet can call in their logs for staff to record. Postcards will be in the summer reading bag for use by those who are unable to call-in and have no access to the internet. Kids can write the number of books or stickers from their logs onto the postcard. Postcards can be dropped off in the book drop. The library only needs a count of how many books were read. Kids can keep the reading log.

Families can place orders for library materials online through our website at:

https://www.waterburypubliclibrary.com/2020-05-book-requests/ or by phone: 802-244-7036.

If Summer Reading occurs during a time in which the library begins to slowly open:

Participants can pick up Summer Reading bags with instructions and logs at the help desk. Families will still be encouraged toplace book orders online or by phone (with reader’s advisory available), but they can also come into the building and pick out their own books and holds. Postcards can be dropped off at the help desk or in the book drop.

During any phase of the re-opening of the library, Summer Reading participants can come in with their parents to receive areading certificate and a free book after they have filled their reading log. These can be chosen from a cart that will be hound inside or outside, depending on the situation.

We will offer a weekly guessing jar through the Waterbury Public Library Facebook page


Look for this jar along with instructions on how to participate.

If you don’t have internet access, the guessing jar will be displayed in a window just inside the library so it can be seen from the vestibule. A box with ticket forms will be in the vestibule in order to write out a guess along with contact information needed in order to win the contents of the jar.

Weekly craft bags will be available in the vestibule during curbside pickup hours. There will be some supplies provided by the library and instructions provided by the Collaborative Summer Library Program.

Virtual programs will be taking place during the entire eight weeks of the Summer Reading program. So keep checking theWaterbury Public Library website https://www.waterburypubliclibrary.com/, our Facebook page and Front Porch Forum for updates. Depending on how the summer progresses, outdoor family programming may be offered in August.

Below is information for virtual June programs along with highlights of future programs. Watch for more programs in our July and August newsletters, our Facebook page, Front Porch Forum and the Waterbury Public Library website:

Special Family Programs for Baby/Toddler & Preschool up to 6

  • Weekly Story Times June 11 to August 13. 11:30 AM.
  • Andrea Soberman—Musical Munchkins. Monday, June 22 & August 3. 10:30 AM
  • AB2: Books Come to Life with Music & Dance with Rachel O’Donald. Thursdays, June 25, July 16, August 13. 11:30 AM.
  • Judi Byron and her Little/Big Harp. Monday, July 6. 10:30 AM

Dorothy’s List Book Club*

Wednesdays. 5:30-6:30PM. For Grades 4-7.

  • July 15 – The Last Human by Lee Bacon (Books available for checkout by 6/24)
  • August 12 – A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry (Books available for checkout by 7/15)

Join us for a book discussion and a craft.

*Please email michelle@waterburypubliclibrary.com to ask for details about programs listed above.