We’re excited to begin the 2021 Summer Reading season! Join us as we continue developing a daily habit of reading for 15 minutes. Stop by the library for a copy of this year’s materials or print them from here:

2021 Printable Summer Reading log

2021 Printable FAQs

2021 Printable Schedule of “Tails and Tales” Family Events

Or simply read below for instructions on how to get started.


Who can participate? 

Anyone! Everyone! Our summer reading program is for year-round and summer residents of our service area (Arrowsic, Bath, Georgetown, West Bath, or Woolwich) of all ages or for any student in our RSU1 schools.


When does summer reading start and end this year? 

You can start logging your reading on Wednesday, June 16. The final day to submit any completed logs will be Tuesday, August 31.


Does it matter what I read? 

Nope. Read any format that you like (ie. print books, ebooks, audiobooks, magazines,graphic novels). The only rule is that you must read for 15 minutes in order to mark a square on your log.


How can I start logging my minutes?

  • To log your minutes on paper, pick up a log at the library or download the printable version on our website. Then, start coloring or dating a square for every 15 minutes that you read. That’s it!
  • To log your minutes digitally, use our reading platform Beanstack. Visit patten.beanstack.org to get started.


How do I submit a completed log?

You can return your log to us in one of three ways:

  • At the library: Pop it into our dedicated Summer Reading Dropbox at the Reference Desk anytime during our open hours.
  • Mail: Send it to Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street, Bath, ME, 04530.
  • Email: Take a picture of both sides and email it to pflreference@patten.lib.me.us.


How many logs can I submit?

You can submit up to 5 logs.


Why 15 minutes?

When a young person reads at least 15 minutes a day, there is a measurable change in reading fluency, vocabulary, and academic growth. An analysis comparing the engaged reading time and reading scores of more than 2.2 million students found a breaking point at 15 minutes; those who read 15 minutes or more a day saw accelerated reading gains (gains higher than the national average), and students who read just over a half-hour to an hour per day saw the greatest gains of all.

Added benefits of reading every day? Reading reduces stress and helps develop empathy. It’s a comforting routine. And even though it seems like a solitary activity, reading helps us create a sense of community around cherished images, stories, and ideas. We can travel far without ever leaving home.


How can I find materials to read?

The library is now open to the public. Come browse our shelves to find books, magazines, audiobooks, and graphic novels to meet your needs.

We also have thousands of digital ebooks and e-audiobooks available for all ages on our cloudLibrary platform. Download the cloudLibrary app to your device, then sign in with your library card, and you are ready to browse, borrow, and read.

(Phippsburg residents: Please note that you are eligible for a card at the Alfred F. Totman Library in Phippsburg. You can borrow print materials there, and your Totman card also gives you access to the cloudLibrary service mentioned above.)


Who gets a prize?

Any child or young adult (through grade 12) who finishes their first log will be mailed a $10 “Gift of Bath” card. Additionally, each time a participant (of any age!) completes a reading log, they will be entered in our end-of-summer raffle of five $25 “Gift of Bath” cards.


How will I know if I won a raffle prize?

We will contact the raffle winners on Wednesday, September 1st.


Other questions?

Don’t hesitate to call (207) 443-5141 x12 or email pflreference@patten.lib.me.us if you have further questions.


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