Summer Reading for Kids, Teens & Adults

Summer reading is for everyone! Try one of our great programs this summer.


For Kids

Please follow the links below to register and log books for our summer reading program. When registering, you will be asked to create a username and password to access your summer reading account. You may begin logging books on June 12th. Prizes will be available for pick up June 24th through August 17th. Please ask at the children’s desk if you have questions or need help setting up your account.

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Our family read-together program just for preschoolers


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For kids entering grades 1-6


Please note, the Family Management Portal for the “Summer Spy Society” program is not working at this time. The software company is aware of the problem and is working on a fix. In the meantime, you are still able to log your child’s reading by logging directly into their account with their username and password. Please stop by the children’s room or give us a call if you need help remembering your child’s username/password. We apologize for the inconvenience.


For Teens

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July 1-August 24

All teens entering grades 6-12 can join the fun. Read books of your choice then stop by the Information Desk to fill out a reader entry form for your chance to win a fabulous prize. Every participant will receive a free cookie from Vinny’s Deli! A drawing will be held at the end of the summer to determine the winners. All forms will be entered to win the grand prize of an Occulus Go virtual reality headset!

We have fun events planned for teens all summer including an immersive virtual reality experience! Teens will have the opportunity to simulate swimming with sharks or turtles, skydive, or even interact with a Brontosaurus, just to name a few choices. Check out our teen calendar for the schedule of events.



For Adults

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Do Your Thing @ the Wallingford Public Library

This summer, when you read, create, learn, or play using one of Wallingford Public Library’s resources, you’re eligible to enter into a drawing to win 1 of 8 gift card prizes and 1 grand prize.

Beginning July 1st, come to the Library to fill out an entry form, or fill out an entry form online. So even if you’re on vacation, or can’t get to the Library, you can still enter to win.

Tell us:

  • What you read. Title and author, or name of magazine, etc.
  • What you created. Did you attend a craft program at the Library, or work in the Collaboratory?
  • What you learned. Did you take an online class through UniversalClass or Transparent Language? Did you attend a book group or program?
  • How you played. Did you borrow a discount pass to a local museum or attraction, or borrow a lawn game?

Choose 1 of the 8 prizes you’d like to win. Enter multiple times throughout the summer – enter every time you read, create, learn, or play. The more you do, the more chances you’ll have to win. Each time you enter, you can choose a different prize or you can enter multiple times to win the same prize.

Prizes include $25 gift cards to restaurants, attractions, and entertainment in Wallingford, including CT Fresh Food & Produce Market, Holiday Cinemas, Hometown Pizza & Restaurant, Keri’s Sweet Creations, Kiwi Spoon, Library Wine Bar & Bistro, Neil’s Donuts, and Vinny’s Deli. ALL entries will be put into a grand prize drawing for a $75 gift card to 1 of those 8 establishments of your choice. All entries must be received by August 24th.



For All Ages

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Where will your library card travel this summer?

Send us a snapshot of your library card while you’re traveling this summer. Whether you are on a vacation, a daycation, or a staycation, we want to see what destinations your library card travels to with you! Send photos of your library card to and let us know where you went. We’ll share all photos on social media throughout the summer. You can track them with the hashtag #WallingfordTravels. Everyone who submits photos between June 1st and September 8th will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win an exclusive Library Boat Tote. You may submit multiple photos, but your name will only be entered once.



The Nonfiction Expedition

Use ciphers to decode messages on a journey through the Library’s Nonfiction Collection for a chance to win prizes! Begin by using Margaret Taber’s message (also available in the Library). The Nonfiction Expedition begins July 1st and runs through September 8th. Journeys are self-paced.

Everyone who is able to complete the challenge by reaching “The End” by September 8th will be entered into a drawing. The first place winner will choose two $50 gift cards and the second and third place winners will select one each of the remaining gift cards to the following local businesses: The Library Wine Bar and Bistro, Wallingford Holiday Cinema, Wallingford Bowl, Quandary: An Escape Room Experience, Mr. D’s.