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Summer Reading

Boynton Beach City Library, summer reading question and answer

What is Summer Reading? 

Summer Reading is a public library initiative that encourages young readers to grow their imaginations and exercise their minds by continuing to read through the summer. 

What is the Summer Reading Kick-Off?

Our Summer Reading Kick-Off Party will be held Saturday, June 5 from 10 a..m. to 1 p.m. at the green space located outside City Hall. This is the perfect opportunity to register for summer reading and learn about all the fun activities and prizes planned throughout the summer! Come out to play fun games like GIANT Connect-4, bean bag toss, and mega bubbles, decorate a fish for our display, or make a Summer Reading pin. Additionally, anyone who registers for Summer Reading will get a FREE Kona Ice treat!

How do I register? 

Beginning June 5 at 9 a.m., just fill out the form here! You can also register over the phone or in person. Don’t forget to stop by the Youth Library service desk to collect your book log and goodie bag! Registration will close on August 4 at 7 p.m. 

Decorative web banner that says: "Click to register for Summer Reading"

Why should I register? 

Everyone who registers for Summer Reading and tracks the books they read from June 5 - August 4 can win prizes! Registering for Summer Reading also helps the library learn more about the needs of our youth and teen patrons. 

Who can register? 

Summer Reading is for children (5-12 years) and teens (13-17 years). Parents can register for their “pre-readers”, too-- just track the books you read together! 

How do I track the books I read? 

Pick up a paper book log at the Youth Library service desk, or use any notebook or paper you like! Don’t forget to bring your book log to the library to collect your prize on or after Aug. 5.


Tuesdays, 4:30-6 p.m.

  • 6/08 - Nature Detectives 
    Examine bones, feathers, and animal tracks to solve a nature mystery! Create & take home your own backyard nature guide.   
  • 6/15 - Turtle Hunt
    Can you track down all of the library’s hidden turtles? Enjoy a turtle story while you make a turtle of your own. 
  • 6/22 - Pose a Picture Book
    Choose a backdrop and a cast of toy characters to photograph your own story! Pick up your very own wordless picture book the next day.
  • 6/29 - Paint-a-Pig**
    Learn some helpful tips and surprising facts about money while you paint a colorful piggy bank. 
  • 7/06 - Garden Tie Dye**
    Can you match natural dyes to the plants they came from? Learn where these colors come from while you tie-dye a shirt to take home!
    Plain t-shirts in sizes Youth S-L will be provided. Please call ahead or BYO if another size is needed.
  • 7/13 - Butterfly Feeder**
    How well do you know Florida’s butterflies? Learn fun facts as you use recycled materials to craft a beautiful backyard butterfly feeder.
  • 7/20 - One for Me, One for You
    Build your own back-to-school kit from an array of supplies and snacks. Make one for yourself and one for a friend!
  • 7/27 - Windchimes 
    Use beads, bells, sticks, and string to create your own windchime!

Wednesdays, 10-10:30 a.m.

  • Outdoor Storytime (infant – 4yrs)
    Join us under the big tree (just outside the new City Hall) for stories, rhymes, & more! 
    Vinyl seat pads will be provided-- please call ahead if you require other seating accommodations. Storytime will be canceled in inclement weather. 

*Children younger than 13yrs must be accompanied by an adult at the library.
**Program takes place outdoors.

Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m.

  • 6/10 - Duct Tape Creations 
    Participants will make cool indestructible wallets and purses out of duct tape. Wait…is it duct, or duck?
  • 6/17 - Cursive Workshop 
    Did you know many students in elementary school after 2010 were not taught cursive writing? Arm yourself with the knowledge of a lost art form—reading and writing in cursive.  
  • 6/24 - Let's Fly a Kite**
    Join us on a breezy afternoon to take some colorful kites to the skies! Bring your own kite or use one of ours.
  • 7/01 - Drone Racing** 
    Be part of an epic drone showdown! Race a drone through an outdoor obstacle course. 1st place winner receives a free drone! Can you beat the competition? Please, no personal drones—just bring your good sportsmanship.
  • 7/08 - Connect-4 Tournament**
    Challenge your friends to the classic disc-dropping game of Connect 4. Two finalists will settle the score on a giant outdoor Connect 4!
  • 7/15 - OtakuFest 
    Love Japanese culture? Well, you’ve come to the right place!  Make candy sushi, try Japanese snacks, and discuss anime/manga with friends. Cosplay is encouraged!
  • 7/22 - Boynton in a Snapshot**
    Your mission is easy: take pictures of Boynton Beach with your mobile device. Come back to the library and submit your best photo. 1st place winner receives a prize!
  • 7/29 - Build a Mars Rover 
    Rovers are carlike spacecraft that NASA uses to explore the surfaces of the Moon and Mars– and one day, they might go even farther! In this program, you will be able to construct your own planetary explorer!

Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

  • 6/10, 6/17, 7/22 & 7/29 - Teen Yoga**

**Program takes place outdoors.