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Summer Reading 2021


Summer Reading is here and there is something for everyone. ALL AGES Are Welcome To Join!

Adventures await at New Canaan Library… Read books, complete activities, and record them online to earn virtual badges and prizes. Check out all three departments – children’s, teens, adults – for unique adventures and prizes that await you.

How do I sign up?

All Ages Are Welcome To Join!

1) Login OR New Participants: Register in Beanstack (individual or family) and personalize your profile. If you are registering a child, the account creator is the parent’s information first, then for each child. Video Tutorial

2) Enter the grade level and school your child will be entering in the Fall of 2021.

3) Log your reading and activities.

4) Earn badges, and prizes along the way.

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Set Sail for Adventure

Children pre-school to rising 5th graders will Set Sail for Adventure and discover something new!

Read books, complete activities, and record them online to earn virtual badges and prizes. Surprise badges unlock the chance to go fishing in the Library Prize Pool. In addition to earning badges and prizes this summer, be sure to print and fill out your Family Treasure Map for more Summer Reading fun! And join us for special events, both in person and virtually, throughout the summer to sail further into your own learning adventure! If you have any questions, please Email the Children’s Department or by phone at 203-594-5002.

20,000 Reads Under The Sea Summer Reading

Teens will dive into our latest summer reading adventure!

This year, we’re encouraging teens to dive into our latest summer reading adventure with 20,000 Reads Under the Sea. It’s all about the wonder and the excitement of the ocean–and we’ll even go fishing for prizes with our very own prize pool. As we ease back into select in-person programs, we’ll be focusing on fun in the sun, in addition to our virtual programming and activity drops. We hope all of our teens will “seas the day” and join us on this voyage!

The Island Getaway Adult Summer Reading Challenge

Adults will embark for an island getaway adventure.

Ahoy!! Welcome to the registration page for The Island Getaway: Adult Summer Reading Challenge. Take the helm and unfurl the mainsail! You are to set sail on a reading adventure of your own course, as you traverse blue waters from one island or aquatic terra firma to another. There are 10 ocean locations, offering ample choice of reading genres. Take your time and enjoy the summer breezes. Read at your own pace.

Each island has a curated list of books to choose from or, if you know of a book that relates to a specific island’s genre, you may choose to read that book instead. Please log the title into the text box to show your summer journey and to complete the challenge. At the end of the journey, treasures await those who finish reading eight books by September 8th.

For more bounty, register for the challenge by June 30th and your name will be automatically included in a July 1st drawing to win a boat trip this summer to the historic lighthouse on Sheffield Island in Long Island Sound. We have two tickets to give away, each for a family of four. A true mini island getaway!

Anchors aweigh, see you on the high seas!


Thank you for joining us on the high seas!

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