Summer Reading 2020



Ilsley Public Library

Summer Programming 2020

Hello to all our fabulous library people! Welcome to Ilsley Summer Programming 2020 where we have a little something for everyone. 

Children, birth-6th grade 

HOW IT WORKS: Our summer reading program will run for 6 weeks, from July 6th – August 15th. To participate, parents will pick up a summer reading folder for their child at our outdoor pick-up service (available starting June 16th). The folder will have a pencil, bookmark, list of Tricia’s recommended book titles, a sheet of stickers and 2 challenge calendars. 

The first calendar will run July 5th – July 25th. As in previous years, kids will put a sticker on each day that they read.

PRIZES: If they have at least 15 stickers by the end of the three weeks then parents can turn in the calendar at outdoor pickup for a sweet treat to bring home. The second calendar will cover July 26th – August 15th. Kids with at least 15 stickers at the end will get a paperback book from the Vermont Book Shop. Details for redemption will be posted on our Facebook page (Ilsley Public Library) and website as the date approaches. 

PROGRAMMING: Missing our craft table? Looking for more at-home activities? From July 7th – August 15th We will have weekly make-and-take craft/activity bags that can be picked up during outdoor pickup service. Bag activities will be targeted for PreK, K-3rd, 4th – 8th, and family. You can ask for one bag for each child each week during outdoor pickup service. 

Keep a look-out for storywalks around town. We will be posting a new picture book at the Marbleworks waterfall on 7/6, 7/20, and 8/3. 

Teens, 7th-12th grade

HOW IT WORKS: This year, Teen Summer Reading is going virtual! To participate, post a picture of your current read (or a selfie of you with it) to Ilsley’s Teen Instagram or Teen Facebook page with the hashtag #IPLSummer or submit a book review using the form on our website.

PRIZES: After three weeks, participating teens will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift certificate to The Vermont Book Shop. At six weeks, teens who complete the program will be eligible for our grand prize drawing of a $100 gift certificate to Frog Hollow Bikes.

PROGRAMMING: From July 10th-August 14th, every Friday at noon, Ilsley will be holding a different virtual program. For the marked programs, you do not have to be present to participate. More details about each program will become available on the Ilsley Teen website, Facebook page, and Instagram as the date nears.

July 10th: Fandom Pictionary: Decipher the drawings made by fellow teens in an exciting game of virtual Pictionary! Percy Jackson, The Hunger Games, Star Wars, and more! Visit our Ilsley Library Teens Discord server at noon,, to obtain the link to play. 

*July 17th: Selfie Scavenger Hunt: Looking for some fun ways to take a selfie? Go to the Ilsley’s Teen webpage, Teen Facebook page or Teen Instagram, get the list, and see if you can take a selfie with all featured items. Post your selfies to Instagram with the hashtag #IPLTeens. Whoever completes the most selfies by July 17th wins. Join us at noon on Ilsley Teens’ Intagram Live to witness the results. Watch out: this challenge may be more difficult than expected! 

July 24th: Minecraft Escape Room: Do you love Minecraft? What if you became trapped in the Minecraft universe and the only way back to reality was through clues, locks, and puzzles? Return to the real world by paying attention to everything you see. Can you escape? Join us at noon on our Ilsley Library Teens server to play. 

*July 31st: Bad Art Show: What is a Bad Art Show? It’s the best thing ever. Participants will be given a week to create an art piece using materials found at home. Take a photograph of your masterpiece and send it to Ilsley’s Teen Librarian, Kathryn at On Friday, July 31st at noon, join us on Ilsley Teens’ Instagram Live to witness the completed works. Show off your creative side and let the fun begin!

August 7th: Percy Jackson and The Hunger Games Trivia: So you think you’re an expert in Percy Jackson or The Hunger Games? Play against your friends in an epic battle of wits!  Many will try, but who will win? To take part, visit the Ilsley Library Teens server at noon. 

*August 14th: Short Story Writing: Compose a short story (a paragraph or more) based on a provided image that can be found on the Ilsley Teen Facebook page and Instagram. There are no rules, just let your imagination run wild! Send completed stories by August 14th to Kathryn at Finished works will be featured on the Ilsley Teen Facebook page and Instagram. 

In addition to our virtual programming, be sure to check out the Ilsley Teen Facebook page, and our Instagram, ilsleyteens, where fabulous activities, craft ideas, quizzes, and more will be posted regularly.


HOW IT WORKS: On Facebook and/or Instagram, post a photo of the book you have read (or better yet, a selfie of you and the book), tag #IPLSummer, and comment by finishing this thought: “I just finished (fill-in the title of the books here) and you should read it too because ______.”  Follow the link here to see our flyer, Backyard Date Night.

Not on social media?  Use this Google Form for to write a short review of the book you read to be entered in the next week’s drawing and the grand prize drawing.

PRIZES: Each submission will enter you into a weekly drawing for Middlebury Money and the grand-prize drawing of a “Backyard Date Night”: everything you need for a night out without leaving your home.  Gift cards to Daedelus in the Stone Mill for your appetizer, The Arcadian for dinner, and the Co-Op for popcorn or dessert, PLUS loan of the library’s new 120” outdoor movie screen and projector for a private drive-in movie. 


Each week there will be an adult level Make & Take Fairy Garden themed craft project available at our Outside Pick Up.

Summer Reading Virtual Film Series.  We will be hosting community movie discussion via Zoom for three movies this summer. Click here for more information about Summer Films.  Click here to register to receive Zoom discussion invitation.

Story Walks

Picture Book Story Walk at the falls in Marble Works  Story Loop.

Mindfulness Walk in Battell Woods section of TAM.  Click here for details, Mindfulness Walk.

Fitness Walk on “Wiggly” Bridge section of TAM.  Click here for details,  FITNESS WALK.


Summer Reading Recommendations

Don’t know what to read next? Ilsley is here for you! We have selected our current favorite books and authors to share. From birth through adulthood, we have you covered. Happy reading!

Miss Tricia’s Summer Reading Picks

Kathryn’s Middle School Summer Reading Picks

Kathryn’s High School Summer Reading Picks