The lobby is currently OPEN FOR LIMITED SERVICE. We are still offering CURBSIDE PICKUP.

Weekday hours are 9am–5pm, 7pm on Thursdays. The book drop is open Monday–Thursday, 7am–7pm, 6pm on Fridays.

Read & Bead Summer Challenge!

Wednesday, June 17
to Saturday, August 15

Preschool-Grade 5


June 17 – August 15 (Preschool-Grade 5)

Earn beads and Brag Tags for reading, being read to, and completing Weekly Challenges and Grab & Go Activity Kits!


  1. To Get Your Read & Bead Bag: place a Holds request for library materials through our online catalog or by calling (860) 828-7125. You will be notified when your materials are ready for Curbside Pickup and contacted to schedule a pick-up time. When you are contacted to schedule a pick-up time, let us know that you would like one (or more) Read & Bead Bags. Limit one bag per child, please!
  2. If you don’t want to place a Holds request, no problem! Call the Children’s Department at (860) 828-7127 to schedule a pick-up time for just a Read & Bead Bag. It will be available on our Summer Reading Table and labeled with your last name and first initial. Pick-up hours are Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM.
  3. If you’ve placed a Holds request, your Read & Bead Bag(s) will be available for pick-up when your library materials are! The Read & Bead Bags include:
    • a necklace
    • starter beads
    • a Surprise Brag Tag
    • a Read & Bead Log
    • instructions
    • a Color Craze plastic bag that can be colored in with permanent markers
  4. Start reading! Fill in the circles on your log and earn beads and Brag Tags to decorate your necklace. Complete Weekly Challenges and Grab & Go Activity Kits to earn Challenge Beads. Weekly Challenges will be posted on this page and on our Children’s Department FB page. Registration for Grab & Go Activity Kits can be found on our Events Page.


Level up as you earn beads! Exchange multiple plain beads for fancier ones. Earn extra Brag Tags when you read for 20, 34, and 48 days.

Leveled-Up Bead & Brag Tag Bags will be available for Curbside Pickup by calling the Children’s Department at (860) 828-7127 on the following schedule:

  • July 6 and later: Level 2 (Glitter, UV Color Changing, Hearts)
  • July 20 and later: Level 3 (Pearl, Frosted, Sport)
  • Aug 3 and later: Level 4 (Animal, Glow-in-the-Dark, Fun Shape Glitter)


Earn a Special Challenge Bead for completing weekly challenges! Send us a picture of each challenge completed to us at or email us at and we’ll contact you to schedule a pick-up of your bead!










The Read & Bead Summer Challenge is generously sponsored by the Berlin-Kensington Rotary Club.