Kids’ Summer Reading Program 2022

Sign up for the 2022 Summer Reading Program (June and July) with programs for children (grades 1-5), teens, and adults! Log your books, earn brag tag prizes, and join us for programs such as weekly take-home crafts, rock painting, a titanic workshop, book bingo, and shark talk with animal behavior experts over the next two months!

Too young to register for the summer reading program? No problem! We have organized a series of pre-school ocean-themed story times for our readers-in-training!

Sign Up

Register for up-to-date information on Summer Reading Program events, prizes, and gatherings.

Log Your Books on Beanstack

Beanstack is a website and app that serves as an interactive home for reading all challenges and events. It’s your one-stop-shop to not only register for this summer reading challenge, but to also track your reading habits and unlock badges! With our Beanstack instructions sheet, set up your account today.

Earn Prizes

Log at least 3 books and you will go home with our Summer Reading Program system-wide prize: a dry bag (see image below)! Visit any branch location to pick up your dry bag by September 30th.

Brag tags can be earned for any kind of reading progress. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Visit a book trail and share a photo on social media or with staff;
  • read and log your books;
  • read a book on a specific animal;
  • tell library staff a cool ocean fact;
  • or, just come into the library to pick up a weekly craft kit!

Attend a Summer Reading Program Event

If you haven’t picked one up at a library branch, be sure to download our Summer Reading Program calendar.

June 1st: Registration and reading begins
June 4th: Registration kick-off day
June 13th: Official start to the Summer Reading Program
July 30th: End of the Summer Reading Program

Squishmallow Weekly Challenge Draw: Shark

Date: Monday, July 25
Location: Facebook Live
This is our final drawing for a Squishmallow soft plush toy! Enter your information and reading progress each week on our online form for a chance to be entered.

You must be registered for the 2022 Summer Reading Program to participate. Only one submission per child allowed. Prizes must be picked up within two weeks of the drawing.

Drawings will be held every Monday on the Morgantown Public Library Facebook page. However, all library locations are closed for the Juneteenth holiday (June 20th) and Independence Day (July 4th) so we will hold our weekly drawing the following day on Tuesday, June 21st and July 5th, respectively.

Clay Sea Creature Take-Home Craft (Grades 1-5)

Dates: July 18 – July 24
Location: All branch locations
While supplies last, pick up a sea creature clay craft kit from any branch location!

4-H Friends (Grades K-5)

Date: Wednesday, July 20 (2:00pm)
Location: Arnettsville branch
Join WVU Monongalia County 4-H for a hands on activity and lesson in learning to stress less. Participants will learn a little bit about stress and make a mindfulness jar to help combat the stress that they feel. Every participant will be able to take home a mindfulness jar and some techniques on coping with daily stressors.

Pop-Up BOPARC Book Trail (Grades K-5)

Date: Thursday, July 21
Location: Jack Roberts Park
Details Coming Soon!

Stop Motion Sea Creature Workshop (CANCELED)

Date: Saturday, July 23 (10:00am & 1:00pm)
Location: Cheat branch
Join Charlotte for an hour-long stop motion video creation workshop! This workshop is recommended for children in grades 3-5, but all ages are welcome. Register for the 10:00am workshop or the 1:00pm workshop.

Shark Take-Home Craft (Grades 1-5)

Dates: July 25- August 1
Location: All branch locations
While supplies last, pick up a shark craft kit from any branch location!

Each week, we have planned a craft kit related to our “oceans of possibilities” theme. Registration is not required.

This program is part of the 2022 Summer Reading Program ( You do not need to be registered for the Summer Reading Program to participate in this event. See less

Sharks with Dr. Sue Raylman  (Ages 7-13)

Dates & Locations: Tuesday, July 26 at the Downtown branch (11:00am) | Saturday, July 30 at the Cheat branch (10:00am)
Stop by the Morgantown Public Library for a morning program all about sharks! WVU Senior Lecturer Dr. Susan Raylman will be on hand to teach us about shark biology, and we will be reading a shark story and making a shark craft. This event is recommended for grades K-5, but all are welcome!

Pirate Party  (Ages 7-13)

Date: Wednesday, July 27 (2:00pm)
Location: Arnettsville Public Library
Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program at Arnettsville Public Library with a Pirate Party Argghhhhh! Dress up like a pirate, walk the plank, and play pirate games. Make your own treasure chest and enjoy pirate snacks while listening to pirate stories.

Closing Party  (Ages 7-13)

Date: Thursday, July 28 (1:00pm – 3:00pm)
Location: Krepp’s Park at the Pavillion
Join the Morgantown Public Library System in celebrating our summer reading participants! Drop by Krepps Park anytime between 11am-4pm! We will have activity stations set up, and prize giveaways!

Elementary Story Time (Ages 7-13)

Date: Thursday, July 28 (10:30am-11:30am)
Location: Clay Battelle branch
Miss Molly will finish reading  “Dolphins at Daybreak” by Mary Pope Osborne. For this week’s craft we will be cooking up ocean-themed snacks.

Pre-School Story Times

Downtown Branch Story Times (Ages 2-6)

Dates: June 21, 28 and July 19, 26 (6:30pm – 7:30pm)
Location: Downtown Branch
Appropriate for ages 2-6, join Ms. Cathy for our ocean-themed pre-school story times.

Cheat Branch Story Times (Ages 3-6)

Dates: June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (10:30am – 11:30am)
Location: Cheat Branch
Join Ms. Abby at the Cheat Area Public Library for an ocean-themed story time and activity! Recommended ages 3-6, but all are welcome!

Clay-Battelle Story Times (Ages 2-6)

Dates: June 14, 21, 28 and July 5, 12, 19, 26 (10:30am – 11:30am)
Location: Clay-Battelle Branch
Join Ms. Molly every Tuesday for a story and a craft! Our story times in June and July will be ocean-themed and we’ll make things like a mini-aquariums, pirate patches, and sailboat snacks!

Past Programs

Plarn Take-Home Kit (Grades 1-5)

Registration Kick-off Day (Grades 1-5)

Squishmallow Weekly Challenge Draw: Crab

Movie Monday (All ages)

Oceans of Crafts (Grades K-5)

Elementary Story Time (Ages 7-13)

Plarn Workshop (Grades 1-5)

Jellyfish Take-Home Craft Kit (Grades 1-5)

Book Trail (Grades K-5)

Squishmallow Weekly Challenge Draw: Axolotl

Rock Painting (Grades K-5)

Shark Talk with Dr. Sue Raylman (Grades 1-5)

Elementary Story Time (Ages 7-13)

Squishmallow Weekly Challenge Draw: Clownfish

Cypher Take-Home Activity (Grades 1-5)

Kids’ Cooking Class with Ms. Ruth (Grades K-5)

Finley the Fish Story Time (Grades K-5)

Elementary Story Time (Ages 7-13)

Squishmallow Weekly Challenge Draw: Seal

“Build Your Own Unsinkable Ship” STEM Take-Home Kit (Grades 1-5)

Fun Day Friday (Grades 1-5)

Elementary Story Time (Ages 7-13)

Book Trail (Grades K-5)

Squishmallow Weekly Challenge Draw: Turtle

Titanic Workshop (Grades 1-5)

Turtle Take-Home Craft (Grades 1-5)

Ogua: A West Virginian Cryptid History (Grades 4-5)

Under the Sea Book Bingo (Ages 5-12)

Elementary Story Time (Ages 7-13)

Squishmallow Weekly Challenge Draw: Stingray