Summer Reading

2019 Summer Reading Program
June 17 – August 10, 2019

Summer Reading Program
A Universe of Stories

The 2019 Ashland Summer Reading Program will start on Monday, June 17th and run through Saturday, August 10th. This year’s theme celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, which took place on July 20th 1969. Children, teens, and adults may participate this summer by keeping track of the time they spend reading or listening to books. Help us reach our community goal of reading over 1,000,000 minutes! Can we beat last year’s total of 1,147,544 minutes? 

Earn Weekly Rewards for every week that you log 60 minutes or more. Weekly Rewards can be collected anytime between June 18th and August 31st, so you will be able to pick up your rewards even if you are away for most of the summer.

You will log your reading minutes online, either on your home computer, in the library, or on your cell phone. We are using a new software package called Beanstack this year, which we think is a big improvement over Wandoo. It only takes about 3 minutes to register your entire family, and Beanstack sorts everyone into the correct program. You will be able to see how many minutes we’ve logged as a community each time you log in. There is a mobile app which lets you scan ISBN numbers to input titles and authors if you want to keep track of which books you’ve read. You can also use the mobile app’s timer feature to automatically input your minutes. You can even add photos of each family member to your mobile account (only you will be able to see them).

Pre-registration starts on Saturday, June 1st. Go to to register.

The Ashland Summer Reading Program, funded by the Friends of the Library, has been a complete success in large part due to the support and encouragement of so many local merchants and residents. Please consider helping the Friends by sending in a monetary donation. Your donation will help purchase extra copies of required reading titles for kids in Grades 3-12, provide incentive prizes for all ages and fund programming throughout the summer. You can also support the program by donating children’s and teen books (in like-new condition, please) to be used as weekly prizes, or by volunteering your time in the Children’s Room, helping us register the kids and passing out weekly prizes.

Donations are tax-deductible. Mail donations to: Friends of the Ashland Public Library, Summer Reading Program, Ashland Public Library, 66 Front Street, Ashland, MA 01721 or donate directly online:

Please contact with any questions. Thank you!