Kids’ Summer Reading Program 2022

Sign up for the 2022 Summer Reading Program (June and July) with programs divided between two age categories: Grades 1-5 and Pre-School! Log your books, earn brag tag prizes, and join us for virtual and in-person events such as weekly prize drawings and take-home crafts, rock painting, and talk about sharks with animal behavior experts over the next two months!

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 Brag Tag Prizes

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 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

Dates: June 13 – June 19
Location: All branch locations

Dates: June 13 – June 19
Location: All branch locations
Plarn (PLastic + yARN) is a form of rope that is created from plastic bags that can be woven into household items, like bowls, cushions, or mats. Special thanks to the Fairmont State Creative Sustainability Council on developing these take-home kits!

Date: Monday, June 13 (10:00am)
Location: Facebook Live
Each week, we will be holding a  draw for a Squishmallow soft plush toy. All summer reading program participants are eligible, and can enter by visiting their library branch and by sharing their reading progress with a librarian. Can’t make it to the library? Not a problem! Enter your information and reading progress each week on our online form for a chance to be entered. Drawings will be held every Monday morning at 10:00am on the Morgantown Public Library Facebook page.

Date: Monday, June 13 (2:00pm)
Location: Arnettsville branch
Kick off the Summer Reading Program with a free movie viewing for all ages. Enjoy “Sing 2” with free refreshments.

Date: Tuesday, June 14 (11:00am & 6:30pm)
Location: Downtown branch
Join all of your Summer Reading Program friends at the library to make a variety of sea creature crafts!

Date: Tuesday, June 14 (10:30am-11:30am)
Location: Clay Battelle branch
Miss Molly will be reading the first half of “High Tide in Hawaii” by Mary Pope Osborne and helping your children create their own flower necklace leis and other Hawaiian attire.

Date: June 21 – June 30
Location: Krepp’s Park
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Date: Saturday, June 18 (10:00am-11:30am)
Location: Cheat branch
Join the Cheat Area Public Library and the Fairmont State Creative Sustainability Council for a workshop on plarn! Plarn (PLastic + yARN) is a form of rope that is made out of plastic bags that can be woven into household items, like bowls, cushions, or mats.

Dates: June 20 – June 26
Location: All branch locations
While supplies last, pick up a jellyfish craft take home kit.

Date: Monday, June 20 (10:00am)
Location: Facebook Live
Each week, we will be holding a  draw for a Squishmallow soft plush toy. All summer reading program participants are eligible, and can enter by visiting their library branch and by sharing their reading progress with a librarian. Can’t make it to the library? Not a problem! Enter your information and reading progress each week on our online form for a chance to be entered. Drawings will be held every Monday morning at 10:00am on the Morgantown Public Library Facebook page.

Date: Tuesday, June 21 (11:00am)
Location: Downtown branch
Join all of your Summer Reading Program friends to paint rocks to look like sea creatures. We’ll have the supplies–bring your creativity!

Date: Wednesday, June 22 (2:00pm)
Location: Arnettsville branch
Follow along with Ms. Cathy and listen to a few Shark stories and make ocean-themed crafts. You will even have a chance to hold and explore real shark’s teeth.

Date: Thursday, June 23 (10:30am-11:30am)
Location: Clay Battelle branch
Miss Molly will finish reading “High Tide in Hawaii” by Mary Pope Osborne and participants will learn all about tsunamis and underwater volcanoes.

Dates: June 27 – July 3
Location: All branch locations
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Date: Monday, June 27 (10:00am)
Location: Facebook Live
Each week, we will be holding a  draw for a Squishmallow soft plush toy. All summer reading program participants are eligible, and can enter by visiting their library branch and by sharing their reading progress with a librarian. Can’t make it to the library? Not a problem! Enter your information and reading progress each week on our online form for a chance to be entered. Drawings will be held every Monday morning at 10:00am on the Morgantown Public Library Facebook page.

Date: Tuesday, June 28 (11:00am)
Location: Downtown branch
Ms. Ruth will lead a kid-friendly ocean-themed cooking class. Follow along and be sure to post pictures of your creations on our Facebook page!

Date: Wednesday, June 29 (2:00pm)
Location: Arnettsville branch
Stop by to see Finley the Fish! He will reappear at the library after having spent the winter away. Listen to a story about fish and make a craft.

Date: Thursday, June 30 (10:30am-11:30am)
Location: Clay Battelle branch
Miss Molly will read “Pirates Past Noon” by Mary Pope Osborne followed by an activity making pirate flags and eye patches.

Date: July 1 – July 14
Location: WVU Core Arboretum
In collaboration with WVU’s Department of Biology we have set up a book trail in the Core Arboretum. Read through an entire story as you stroll through the arboretum, just follow the signs with the pages of the book. This month’s book is ???????????????????.

Dates: July 5 – July 10
Location: All branch locations
While supplies last, pick up a “build your own unsinkable ship” STEM take-home kit. Don’t forget to email your photos to charlotte.chung@mympls.org with pictures of your ships and tell us how much cargo they were able to carry!

Date: Tuesday, July 5 (10:00am)
Location: Facebook Live
Each week, we will be holding a  draw for a Squishmallow soft plush toy. All summer reading program participants are eligible, and can enter by visiting their library branch and by sharing their reading progress with a librarian. Can’t make it to the library? Not a problem! Enter your information and reading progress each week on our online form for a chance to be entered. Drawings will be held every Monday morning at 10:00am on the Morgantown Public Library Facebook page.

Dates & Locations: Saturday, July 9 at 10:00am (Cheat branch) | Tuesday, July 12 at 11:00am (Downtown branch)
Join Mike McClung from the Morgantown Public Library’s Aull Center for Local History and Genealogy to learn about the “unsinkable” ship, its connection to Morgantown, and a brief history on distress signals. Participants will also make morse code bracelets and keychains. This is recommended for grades 1-5, but all ages are welcome!

Date: Friday, July 8 (2:00pm)
Location: Arnettsville branch
Meet us in the gym at the Arnettsville Public Library as we play all sort of fun games to celebrate our summer reading program. Play games like “Sharks & Minnows” and “Fish, Fish, Shark.” We will have bubbles out for you to play with as well as Chalk Art Fish to decorate our porch.

Date: Thursday, July 7 (10:30am-11:30am)
Location: Clay Battelle branch
Miss Molly will finish “Pirates Past Noon” by Mary Pope Osborne from the previous week. This week for our craft we will build and decorate our own pirate ships.

Dates: July 11- July 17
Location: All branch locations
While supplies last, pick up a turtle craft kit from any branch location!

Date: Monday, July 11 (10:00am)
Location: Facebook Live
Each week, we will be holding a  draw for a Squishmallow soft plush toy. All summer reading program participants are eligible, and can enter by visiting their library branch and by sharing their reading progress with a librarian. Can’t make it to the library? Not a problem! Enter your information and reading progress each week on our online form for a chance to be entered. Drawings will be held every Monday morning at 10:00am on the Morgantown Public Library Facebook page.

Date: Saturday, July 16 (10:00am-11:30am)
Location: Cheat branch
Join us at the Cheat Area Public Library for a workshop on the ogua–a turtle cryptid said to live in the Monongahela River! Dr. Nathan Wuertenberg from the Morgantown Public Library’s Aull Center for Local History and Genealogy will be joining us to give a history on this local cryptid. After the discussion, we will be making cryptid artwork. This gathering is recommended for children in grades 4-5, but all welcome!

Dates & Locations: Wednesday, July 13 at the Arnettsville branch (2:00pm) | Tuesday, July 19 at the Downtown branch (11:00am)
Come by the Arnettsville Public Library to play book bingo with us! Win prizes and go home with books you can keep.

Date: Thursday, July 14 (10:30am-11:30am)
Location: Clay Battelle branch
Miss Molly will read “Dolphins at Daybreak” by Mary Pope Osborne. This week for our craft we will make mosaic dolphins.

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

Date: Monday, July 18 (10:00am)
Location: Facebook Live
Each week, we will be holding a  draw for a Squishmallow soft plush toy. All summer reading program participants are eligible, and can enter by visiting their library branch and by sharing their reading progress with a librarian. Can’t make it to the library? Not a problem! Enter your information and reading progress each week on our online form for a chance to be entered. Drawings will be held every Monday morning at 10:00am on the Morgantown Public Library Facebook page.

Date: Wednesday, July 20
Location: Arnettsville branch
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Date: Thursday, July 21
Location: Jack Roberts Park
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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.

Date: Thursday, July 14 (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.

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

Date: Monday, July 25 (10:00am)
Location: Facebook Live
Each week, we will be holding a  draw for a Squishmallow soft plush toy. All summer reading program participants are eligible, and can enter by visiting their library branch and by sharing their reading progress with a librarian. Can’t make it to the library? Not a problem! Enter your information and reading progress each week on our online form for a chance to be entered. Drawings will be held every Monday morning at 10:00am on the Morgantown Public Library Facebook page.

Dates & Locations: Tuesday, July 26 at the Downtown branch (11:00am) | Thursday, July 28 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 welcome!

Date: Thursday, July 28 (11:00am – 4:00pm)
Location: Krepp’s Park at the Pavillion
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.

Date: Thursday, July 28 (11:00am – 4:00pm)
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 for Camp Halfblood! We will have Percy Jackson themed stations set up, and participants will receive a free Riordan book (while supplies last)!

Date: Thursday, July 28 (10:30am-11:30am)
Location: Clay Battelle branch
Miss Molly will read “Hello Lighthouse” by Sophie Blackall and will lead participating kids in building and decorating their own lighthouses. This day will also include party snacks and TV time to celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program.