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Announcing the First Lady and Blades Summer Reading Challenge!

Have you signed up for summer reading yet? We’re just over a week into our program, so there’s still plenty of time to join in the fun! Kids can earn beads and teens and adults can earn raffle tickets. Once you’re registered, just log the time you spend reading to earn points toward your prizes.

As excited as we are about summer reading in general, we’re even MORE excited about something new in this year’s program. From July 1 through August 16, all of the minutes logged by readers will count toward a community reading goal!

This year, AFL is participating in the First Lady and Blades Summer Reading Challenge. The challenge is a collaboration between the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), the First Lady of the Commonwealth Lauren Baker, and the Boston Bruins. If we reach our community reading goal during this time period, the library will be entered into a drawing to receive Bruins prizes! Which, of course, means we would be able to have some special bonus raffles at the end of the summer.

You don’t have to do anything differently than you’re already doing for the summer reading program. Simply log your minutes as usual and they’ll count toward the community reading goal (and toward the prizes for AFL’s program, too!).

So what is our goal? Drum roll, please…

350,000 minutes

Yes, that’s a lot of minutes. But we’re confident that our awesome community of readers can beat it. After all, in the first week of the program, you already logged 28,093 minutes of reading. We’ll keep you updated on our progress each week with posts on social media and signs in the library.

Already signed up for summer reading? Awesome! Not signed up yet? Head over to READsquared to get registered and start logging your reading today!

Have questions? Stop by our Youth Services or Reference desks for assistance.

Happy reading!

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