Summer literacy at the library

Summer reading: ‘Oceans of Possibilities’

Freeport Memorial Library has programs for both children and adults


By Maryellen Cantanno

School may be winding down for the year, but the Summer Reading Club is winding up. The Freeport Memorial Library Summer Reading Club is for all ages: children, tweens, teens, and adults. Libraries all over the country will be participating in this year’s theme, “Oceans of Possibilities.” Join us for our events, programs and prizes!

The Kickoff event for the Children’s Summer Reading Adventure is Friday, June 24, at 3 p.m. with a live animal show hosted by Ranger Eric Powers. Children will learn about a variety of animals and be able to pet them.

After the show, and any time before August 22, children can pick up their Summer Reading calendar and start logging their minutes. Readers will receive a raffle ticket for every 60 minutes of reading. At the end of the summer, prizes will be awarded. The Children’s Summer Reading Adventure is for children up to grade 4.

Tweens and teens (grades 5 to 12) can win prizes by reviewing books. For every book review, they will receive a raffle ticket. To encourage reading, the more book reviews submitted, the more chances to win. Some popular books with tweens are “Smile” by Raina Telgemeier and “Starfish” by Lisa Fipps. A popular book with teens is “One of Us Is Lying,” by Karen McManus. To join the summer reading adventure, tweens and teens should submit their first book review. The Summer Reading Adventure for tweens and teens is for 5th to 12th graders. 

The Adult Summer Reading Club kicks off on Thursday, June 23 at 7 p.m. with New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Ryan, live from her home in California. The library will hold its first raffle at this event and all guests are welcome to bring a dessert to share. Adult Summer Reading events will include “Beach Reads and a Cool Drink” on July 6, and “Bagels and Bingo” on July 11. To join the Adult Summer Reading Club or for more details, adults should call or visit the ASK Desk.

“We are thrilled to offer some new summer reading programs that we’ve never had before,” said Maryellen Cantanno, head of Community Services. 

To celebrate readers of all ages, the library lobby will be decorated with a summer display where patrons can take selfies and post on social media.

The Freeport Memorial Library is a place for the community to read, discover, and connect. It serves as a center for all, providing programs and services that meet the ever-changing needs of the Freeport community. For more information, visit or call (516) 379-3274.