Summer Reading 2021


Join us for Tails and Tales – a celebration of animals and stories! Read books, complete activities, and win prizes! Middle School and High School Summer Reading runs July 1 through August 31!

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Summer Reading is over, and we’re so thrilled that you joined us in all the animal fun! Thank you for being such great readers this summer!

Our grand prize winners are Ahan B. (Barnes & Noble gift card) and Cerena S. (Newbury Comics gift card). 

Teen take-and-make kits will continue this fall, so please check our calendar and stop by the Teen Room to pick them up! TAG will return when we have our Meeting Room space available again.

“Tails and Tales” is sponsored by the Bedford Free Public Library, the Bedford Public Schools, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Special thanks to the Friends of the Bedford Free Public Library for generously funding Summer Reading.

Activity Resources

Need help completing an activity? Look below for information and booklists! Still need help? Stop by the Reference Desk or email [email protected] and put “Teen Summer Reading” in the subject line!

Animal Lover 

Read a book featuring an animal – pets, farm animals, wild creatures, sea creatures, whatever you like! Need some ideas? Take a look at the list below.

Audiobooks are not Cheating

Audiobooks are just a different way to take in the same material that is in a book, so give an audiobook a try. CDs, Playaways, and downloadable audiobooks from Libby or hoopla are all fantastic choices. And don’t forget that you can change the speed in a digital audiobook, so you can find the perfect speed to enjoy your story.

Award Winner

Read a book that has won or been nominated for a literary award. Need some ideas? Take a look at the list on our Award Winners page.

Get Cooking

Grab a cookbook or find a vegetarian or vegan recipe online, then make a tasty dish that you’ve never made before. It can be as simple as popcorn or as complex as a dinner party. You choose! Need some ideas? Take a look at the list below.

Monster Lab

Roll a 6-sided die to create your own monster, following the steps on our Summer Reading page. Don’t have any dice at home? Stop by the Reference Desk at the library to get one!

Start with a body of any shape, and then roll your dice as many times as you’d like, but at least 10 times.

  • Roll a 1, add one eye
  • Roll a 2, add one mouth
  • Roll a 3, add hair (spiky, straight, curly, feathery, your choice!)
  • Roll a 4, add one horn
  • Roll a 5, add one leg
  • Roll a 6, add one arm

Page to Screen

Read a book and then watch the movie or tv show (just a few episodes is fine) that is based on it. Was the book or the adaptation better? Need some ideas? Take a look at the list below.

Starting Fresh

Read the first book in a series – it can be something new or an old favorite. Need some ideas? Take a look at the list below. While there are many amazing series out there, the ones below are all finished, so you don’t have to worry about cliffhangers!

Steer Your Own Course

Using chalk, draw an obstacle course and complete it! Walk like a penguin, roar like a lion, wiggle like a honey bee, or stick to standards like hopping, spinning, and following a line. Invite your siblings or friends to complete it too! If you don’t have any chalk, you can pick some up at the Reference Desk at the library. Need some help thinking up obstacles for your course? Take a look at the ideas below.

  • Animal dances
  • Follow a line (straight, curvy, spiriling)
  • Frog hops
  • Hop from spot to spot, or a certain number of times
  • Jumping jacks, squats, or push ups
  • Roar like a lion
  • Spin in a circle
  • Walk like a penguin