Summer Reading 2021

Summer reading is a fun program designed to engage all age groups in exploring new ideas, books and activities. As you read books and engage in the activities, you are eligible to win virtual badges and prizes. Beginning June 1, 2021, you can start recording your reading time and participate in the activities, located exclusively on the Beanstack app or website. Summer Reading is sponsored by Friends of Westwood Library.

Check out our Summer Reading LibGuide for more information!

We challenged the community to read 40,000 hours this summer.

Our final count for total community hours read is 40,186 hours! Thank you to all who helped up reach this goal!! 

Congratulations to our raffle winners! 

Toddler Winners:

             Preschool Prize Basket 1- Isabella S.

             Preschool Prize Basket 2- Molly M.

Kids Winners:

             Gamer Basket- Mustafa M.

             Candy Jackpot Basket- Avery L.

             Book Lovers' Basket- Carson K.

             Feel Good Basket- Patrick R.

             STEM Adventures Basket- Noah H.

Teen Winners:

             Sports Basket: Julian S.

             Photography Basket: Esme A.

             Tech Basket: Toby T.

             Book Lovers Basket: Flynn H.

Adult Winners:

             Game Night Basket: Barbara D.

             Let's Dig In Basket: Bruce H.

             Just Breathe Basket: Bridgette G.

             Summer Foodies Basket: Sharon L.






This summer reading will be exclusively using Beanstack to track reading so we recommend that you create a Beanstack account, if you don't already have one from last year. Parents can also create accounts for their children. In Beanstack, you can view the available challenges and activities, enter the books you have read, write book reviews and more.  You will receive raffle tickets as you progress and be entered into drawings at the end of the summer. To register, visit the Beanstack website or login through the app.  
Click here to access

Beanstack app available for iOS and Android. 

Beanstack will automatically direct you to the appropriate activities based on your age.  There are four age groups: birth-prek, kids, teens and adults.  If you wish to be contacted about prizes and drawings, please include an email address or telephone number as part of your Beanstack profile. 

You're never too young for Summer Reading! Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers can sign up for the Bookworms Summer Reading Challenge in Beanstack. Parents can track the books they read with their little ones and complete activity challenges to earn virtual badges and raffle tickets for a chance to win one of two grand prize baskets : 

  • Penguin Prize Basket featuring a Penguin Pillow Pet and four Picture books picked by Westwood Librarians.
  • Fox Prize Basket featuring a Fox Pillow Pet and our Picture books picked by Westwood Librarians.

In addition to raffle tickets, all families that complete the Bookworms Summer Reading Challenge, by reading 20 books, will receive a coupon for a free book from the Friends of the Library Book Nook and a commemorative Summer Reading Rubber Ducky. 

Visit Beanstack to start tracking and earning raffle tickets!

Want to learn about the Kids Summer Reading Program? Watch the below video by Westwood Media Center to find out how it works and what we have planned! 

KIDS grades K-6: Choose between tracking either the time you spend reading OR how many books you read (you will choose one of these two challenges on Beanstack).  Earn raffle tickets for every hour or book you read and earn the chance to win one of our 5 grand prize baskets!

Once you have reached 25 hours or 25 books ...congratulations--- you have officially finished summer reading! We will give you a certificate of completion and a voucher for a free book from the Friends of the Library Book Nook!  If you keep reading and get to 50 hours read or 50 books read, you will get one of the many colored “Summer Reading Champion Lives Here” lawn signs! 

This summer, we want to paint the town red….and blue, purple, green, and yellow with our Summer Reading Champion signs!

Every time you earn a raffle ticket, you can put it toward winning a raffle basket. Here are the themed baskets for this summer:

  • Book Lovers Basket
  • STEM Adventures Basket
  • The Feel Good Basket
  • Candy Jackpot Basket 
  • Gamer Basket 

Raffle Basket winners will be selected at the end of the summer. To claim your prizes for 25 hours or books and 50 hours or books, stop by the library and talk with a librarian in the Children's Department. Email if you have questions. 

                               Reading Suggestions

Check out our Youtube page to hear librarian's suggesting some great books!

Teens in grades 6th - 12th can track the books they read and complete activity challenges to earn badges and raffle tickets for grand prize baskets. 

Read 10 books and earn 10 other badges to complete the Summer Reading program and get bonus raffle tickets. 

Visit Beanstack to start tracking and earning raffle tickets!

  • Book Lovers Basket (Kindle Fire HD 10 and Case, a cozy blanket and 2 books)
  • Photography Basket (Polaroid Camera, film, hanging photo frames and 2 books)
  • Sports Basket (Nerf Hoop, Ladder Ball, Red Sox Player T-Shirt and 2 books)
  • Tech Basket (Apple AirPods, Bluetooth Speaker and 2 books)

               Reading Suggestions

Make sure the books you are choosing are Just Right Books. If you need help finding a good book to read check out our Summer Reading List, our Youtube page or ask a librarian for recommendations. 

ADULTS: Track the number of hours they read, log books, and complete activity challenges to earn badges and raffle tickets for the chance to win one of our 3 grand prize reading baskets! Visit our Summer Reading Libguide for more details.
  • Are You Feeling Lucky? Basket (All you need to a fun adult game night)
  • Just Breathe Basket (Wellness items to promote relaxation)
  • Let's Dig In! Basket (Gardening gifts for all levels of gardener)
  • Summer Foodies Basket (Fun summer themed treats and foods)

Visit Beanstack to start tracking and earning raffle tickets!

Working in collaboration with Inclusive Westwood, Hale and Westwood METCO the Summer Series features performances & discussions about equity and anti-racism. With programs throughout the summer for all ages. Click here to register for any of those events.