Summer Reading

See also: Summer Reading for Adults and Teens.

Children's Summer Reading Program

How to Participate

As the school year winds down, we know there’s a lot on your mind. Between camp, visiting friends and family, and eating ice cream, you’re going to be busy! Instead of a traditional reading log, this summer we’re playing Bingo! Bingo cards are available in the Children’s Room beginning June 23 for all students entering grades K-5 in Fall 2018.

  • Pick up a Bingo card beginning June 23.
  • Read 5 books that complete a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal line on your Bingo card. 
  • Celebrate! Visit the library to claim your prize.
  • Keep reading! Fill all of the Bingo squares for a cover all Bingo. 
  • Celebrate! Visit the library to claim another prize!

Summer programming wraps up on August 21 with a performance by Alex & the Kaleidoscope. Bingo cards will be accepted for prizes until September 8.  

Suggested Summer Reading Lists

Watertown Public Schools and Watertown Free Public Library have compiled suggested summer reading lists for students. Please remember these are suggestions only: children have different reading interests and abilities.  Children’s Librarians are available to assist in helping you find a ‘just right’ book to enjoy. 

Are you younger than 5 years old? Check out 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.

Saturday Music Series

Visit our calendar for detailed listings of all Saturday performances and other programming we have planned this summer!

Saturday Music Series at Watertown Free Public Library. All shows start at 10:15 a.m. from June 23 u


You can take our collection with you! Find and download ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and more for the whole family through our website!


Visit a museum this  summer! If you are a Massachusetts resident, you can participate in the  Watertown Free Public Library Museum Pass program! Museum Pass  reservations can be made up to 90 days in advance, using a valid  Minuteman library card in good standing. See a full listing of available passes.


Contact the Children’s Room at 617-972-6435, or come in for a visit!

Libraries Rock! is sponsored by the Watertown Free Public Library, the Watertown Free Public Library Building Committee, the Charles Burke Fund, the Massachusetts Library System, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and the Boston Bruins.