2019 Summer Reading: A Universe of Stories

This Summer will be Out of this World!

The Youth Services Department is mixing up our summer reading program by creating a take home map that goes along with our StoryWalk® on Main Street.

StoryWalk® is essentially a “progressive” picture book where participants can read an entire book while walking along a trail or designated path. With help from Branford’s local merchants and a grant from the Guilford Savings Bank and the Friends of the James Blackstone Memorial Library we were able to bring this program to life with Sun and Moon by Lindsey Yankey; a folk tale that focuses on why we all should be grateful for what we have.

Pages from the book will be on display in merchants windows along Main Street. Readers in kindergarten and up are welcome to read the book and complete the StoryWalk® bonus challenges featured on each page. Once participants complete the book as well as all the challenges they will be eligible for multiple prize drawings at summers end that will include a copy of the book and a gift card.

Kids can access the storyboard map here or stop by the Library or participating merchants.
To experience StoryWalk® as a group click here.
StoryWalk® will run from Monday June 17 thru Friday August 23. 

The James Blackstone Memorial Library is also partnering with Branford Public Schools to give kids an extra incentive to complete their summer reading goals. If kids complete the number of books they pledged to read throughout the summer months they can stop by the Library and pick up a lawn sign to show everyone their achievements and be part of our community of readers! All you have to do is bring in your pledge sheet and the list of books you completed and you will leave with the sign featured below. Let’s see how many book lovers we can create this summer by spreading the word.

Be sure to check our calendar for information about additional summer programming.

Looking for a good book? Head to our Books & Reading page for a combination of different recommended reading lists and some great summer picks.