Summer Reading 2022. June 21 – August 12. Read beyond the beaten path. An illustration of girl and a boy in a grassy field dotted with wildflowers, under the shade of a tree. The girl is drawing a picture of a rabbit. The boy is reading a book. There is a stack of books nearby, with a squirrel sitting on top. In the distance, a dog catches a frisbee. In a separate illustration, a boy reads by lamp light in a tent in a pine filled wood. Another illustration sows a girl reclining in a kayak on the water, with an oar across her lap. She is also reading a book.

Summer Reading 2022: June 21 – August 12

Registration for Summer Reading begins on Tuesday, June 21st. We have reading incentive programs for all ages!

Don’t forget to check out our in-person events on the events calendar.


Preschool – Grade 1

Pick up your Summer Reading packet in the children’s room, beginning June 21st. Your packet will include a reading log and stickers to track your reading, a turtle craft and other fun activities. Put a sticker in your reading log for every book you read or someone reads to you. After you've added 30 stickers, you'll turn your reading log in at the library and receive a Hodgie's Gift Certificate, a free book to keep and a cool Reading Legend decal! Registration is not required.


Grades 2 – 5

Pick up your Summer Reading packet in the children’s room, beginning June 21st. Your packet includes a Summer Reading Quest map with 16 unique and fun challenges, an Adventure Kit, and activity sheets. Turn your completed Quest Map in by August 12 to receive a Hodgies Gift certificate, a free book to keep, and a Reading Legend Decal! Registration is not required.


Grades 6 – 12

Your Teen Summer Reading Care Package will include two library books checked out to you, snacks, games and a Photo Scavenger Hunt. If you complete the Scavenger Hunt and email the photos to Trish at thorgan@merrimaclibrary.org (please include all 10 photos in one email) you will receive a gift certificate for Hodgies Ice Cream (in Amesbury), a free book from our prize cart and be entered into a raffle for a gift card to Hero City (formally Merrimac Games & Collectables) or Amazon!

Register for a care package online from June 21 – 26 by completing this Google form: Teen Care Package Registration.


Adults (Age 18+)

This year the Adult Summer Reading program is all about adventure and exploring! Adults (ages 18+) who register with this form will receive a fabulous Summer Care Package! Each bag will contain two library books checked out to you, some snacks, crafts and activities, customized according to how you fill out this form!

Register for a care package online from June 21 – 26 by completing this Google form: Adult Care Package Registration.


“Read Beyond the Beaten Path” is sponsored by your local library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.