Summer Reading 2023

Summer Reading 2023

June 17 – August 5

How Does the Reading Challenge Work?

  • Sign up at the Library or at the Kick-Off event at Hurlburt Park
  • Read for at least 15 minutes a day for 7 weeks (everything counts! Books, magazines, audiobooks, etc.)
  • Every five days (or 75 minutes) earn a new prize!
  • Visit the library and check out books. Every time you visit grab a prize from the prize box and fill out a raffle ticket. Use your ticket to enter the raffle for your favorite prize. Winners will be drawn at the Summer Reading Finale on August 5th. The more you visit, the more tickets you get!
  • Join the Tri-Town Summer Challenge! Information below

What events are happening?

Summer Reading Kick Off @ Hurlburt Park June 17th 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Balloons, Magic, Music, Food, Dunk Tank, Ice Cream and more!
Visit our table to register for 2023 summer reading challenge and learn more about this year’s Tri-Town Challenge, library events and more!

Weekly Events

Summer StorytimeMondays, June 26 – July 31 @ 11:30 am

Monday Movies MatineeMondays, June 26 – July 31 from 2:00 – 5:00

Garden Gathering Thursdays, June 22 – August 17 @ 10:30

Read with Toby Thursdays, July 6 – 20 @ 10:30

Once Upon a Craft: Weekly Craft Pop-UpJune 21 – August 2

Special Events

Magical Beasts & Where to Find Them • Friday, June 23 @ 3:00 pm

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center will bring some of their most magical creatures to Roxbury! Meet a dragon, snake, owl, and other animals from common fairy tales as well as ones whose adaptions seem like they are made up. Children will also be introduced to some favorite stories where they come from.

Drum and Sing Jamboree with Musical Folk • Friday, July 7 @ 3:00 pm

Liz McNicholl will lead an interactive concert for children and families filled with singing, dancing, and playing a multitude of instruments (eggs, sticks, scarves, drums, and etc.)

Manuelo the Playing Mantis with the Waterbury Symphony • Monday, July 17 @ 11:30 am

Creating Musical Readers is a literacy program that pairs a children’s book with a musician from the Waterbury Symphony. Rebecca Patterson will entertain you with her  magical cello and read this wonderful and memorable book. PreK and Age 5

Tri-Town Events

Science Heroes: Saving the Earth Together with Talewise •  Saturday, July 15 @ 11:00 am

Location: Roxbury, Minor Memorial Library

In this action-packed story, two unlikely heroes work together to save their town (and the planet) from a super-polluting mastermind! Throughout the adventure, volunteers will help the performer conduct several exciting science experiments that bring this story to life! Together we’ll explore Newton’s Laws of Motionair pressurechemical reactions, and more!

Riverside Reptiles •  Saturday, July 22 @ 11:00 am

Location: Bridgewater, Burnham Library

Explore the wonderful world of reptiles and amphibians up close! Touch a giant python or pet a lizard!

Matt Matthews Magic •  Saturday, July 29 @ 11:00 am

Location: Washington, American Legion Hall/Senior Center

Matt will use lively comedy stage magic to perform a very short traditional magic show, then transition into a magic learning workshop.

Tri-Town Challenge

PreK – Grade 5 grab a Tri Town Challenge Board board to play for a chance at THREE Tri-Town Challenge Grand Prizes

  • SPORTS Basket – Event tickets, merch, and more!
  • MOVIE Basket – Movie night for 4 + snacks + gift card + more!
  • MUSEUM Basket – 3 CT Art Trail Passes for over 20 museums = countless memories