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Summer Reading 2017

Welcome to the Bloomfield Libraries Summer Reading Program! The overall theme for 2017 is “Build a Better World” and is open to all ages. This year’s program begins June 22, and you can still register at any time.

You can visit Prosser Public Library and P. Faith McMahon Wintonbury Library in person and/or online during the summer to register and record your summer reading books. Keep up your reading when you’re at home and when you’re on vacation!

Registration & Prizes

You do not need a library card number to register for summer reading. You will choose a username and password that you will use every time you log into the online summer reading module to enter your reading minutes or titles.

Prizes are awarded all summer long thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Bloomfield Public Libraries and our other sponsors. Please select an age group below for program details.

Preschool-Grade 6
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Attend programs, see performers, read books, and win prizes!  Children keep track of the time spent both reading and being read to. All reading counts; reading can be done anywhere, in any format. For every 250 minutes read, children earn a special prize. There is also a special challenge to read 2017 minutes! Can you do it? You can also participate in the Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge by recording book titles.

Children can start entering their reading minutes on June 22 (the last day to log reading minutes is August 29). The more minutes you read, the more prizes you may win! Don’t forget to visit the library throughout the summer—every time you check out materials you’ll earn a raffle ticket for some fabulous prizes we’ll be giving away. Check out the children’s event calendar for different activities every week in the children’s room, such as activity sheets, crafts, and games

Grades 7-12

people building a house out of booksAre you entering grades 7 – 12? If so, join us for an exciting summer reading program – “Build a Better World!” Check out what we have going on this summer. And…just for signing up, you’ll get a prize! (Prize not available until June 22.)

You can start entering your book titles on June 22 (the last day to log titles is August 29). Just keep track of your titles, and get entered into a raffle for every 2 books you read! Reading can be done anywhere, in any format. Read your own books, or borrow books from the library! Raffle will take place at the end of the summer.

Adult Program

people planting a treeSummertime is reading time! You can mix and mingle with like-minded adults during our library events, find great new books to read, and share your reads by writing a review. If you need help selecting a great book, please ask a librarian!

Adults can start logging book titles online on June 22, and have the chance to win raffle prizes every week! Read ANY book you want, as many as you want. For each book title submitted, your name is entered in the weekly drawings. One prize per reader for the summer, with the exception of the grand prize drawing, for which all readers will be entered.

Adults who pre-registered for summer reading will be entered into a drawing for a “Build a Better World” themed sticky note cube.

Adult Reading Rewards and Prize Drawings

Reading rewards and prizes are awarded all summer long thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Bloomfield Public Libraries and our other sponsors. Log the book titles you read or listen to all summer in the library’s online summer reading module. For each book title you log, you will be entered into our weekly prize drawing, and for the first five books you read, you will receive special reading rewards!

Reading rewards (while supplies last):

  • one free stylus pen, just for registering!
  • free tote bag after reading one book
  • Starbucks coupon after reading two books
  • phone pocket after reading three books
  • complimentary coupon for Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets after reading four books
  • aluminum water bottle or insulated lunch bag after reading five books

Adult prize sponsors:

  • Arthur Murray Dance Centers
  • Best Dressed Kids
  • Bloomfield 8 Movie Theater
  • Bloomfield Bicycle & Repair Shop
  • Bloomfield Leisure Services
  • Bloomfield Village Pizza
  • The Connecticut Forum
  • Connecticut Sun Basketball
  • Contours Spa & Wellness
  • Cumberland Farms
  • Fresh Farm Market
  • Geissler’s Supermarket
  • Ginza Japanese Cuisine
  • The Gym at Bloomfield Crossing
  • Hartford Symphony Orchestra
  • Hartford Yard Goats
  • Infinity Music Hall
  • Inspiredesigns
  • Isaac’s Bagel Café
  • Milano Salon and Day Spa
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Peppers Jamaican Bakery & Jerk
  • The Popcorn Powered MaMa
  • Seabury
  • Starbucks
  • Stop & Shop
  • TCBY
  • Thai Palace
  • TheaterWorks
  • Timeless Stone
  • Wadsworth Atheneum
  • Wintonbury Hills Golf Course

The grand prize drawing will be for a $50 VISA gift card or Kindle Fire, courtesy of the Friends of the Bloomfield Public Libraries.

Benefits of Summer Reading

Research shows that children who read for pleasure during the summer do better when they get back to school in the fall, while kids who don’t can slide backward in all subject areas. The summer months offer great opportunities for children to improve their reading and writing skills.

Did you know that Summer Reading is a program that entices children to read when school is not in session and encourages them to become lifelong library users? Make reading a key part of spending time together!

  • Here are some simple things adults can do to help:
  • Model good literacy behavior – let your child see you reading for pleasure.
  • Read and write with your child – make grocery lists together and exchange letters or emails with family and friends during vacations.
  • Listen to audio books during car trips.
  • Tell stories and sing songs together.
  • Reading is Fundamental website, with more ideas to keep children reading over the summer.