Summer Reading

Explore a Universe of Stories!

Summer is a time to read! Between June 17th and August 23rd, read books and complete challenges to earn prizes. Everyone going into grades 6th through 12th in the Fall is welcome!

Register: You must register to participate! Register online or at the Reference Desk in the Bedford Free Public Library.

Read: Any books read between June 17th and August 23rd count! What you read is up to you! Required reading for school counts. So do graphic novels and manga, audiobooks, ebooks, and non-fiction. Write short reviews of  your books online to keep track of what you’ve read, earn points, and be eligible for prizes. If you don’t know what to pick, look for displays in the Teen Area, check out the lists below, or ask Teen Librarian Pam for a recommendation.

Challenges: Complete challenges to earn points and to be eligible for prizes. There are a variety of challenges to conquer on our summer reading website.

Win: Every book review written earns points. Every challenge completed earns points. When you reach certain points goals, you can come in to the library to pick out a prize from our prize basket at the Reference Desk

Questions?? Confused or wondering about something? Looking for a book recommendation? Email [email protected] and put “Teen Summer Reading” in the subject line or just stop by the Reference Desk!

“A Universe of Stories” 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.


Online Resources

The Helix Nebula challenge asks you to use one of the library’s online resources or apps to download an ebook, audiobook, comic book, magazine, or movie. Try one of the links below. You can always ask for help using these (and any other!) resources at the Reference Desk in the library!

Overdrive * – books, audiobooks, and magazines!

hoopla – books, audiobooks, comic books, music, and movies!

Kanopy – movies!

*(if you would like to use Overdrive on a smartphone or tablet, download the Libby app)


Need help finding a book to fit a specific challenge? Check out the booklists below or ask at the Reference Desk!