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Summer Reading 2022


The Cambridge Public Library will run its annual Summer Reading program for eight weeks from July 1 through August 26 this year.  

This summer we have a Summer Reading BINGO Game Card for adult readers and a Book Adventure Map for youth readers. The themes on these will be: 

Get Curious 
Get Creative 
Get Cozy 
Get Connected 
Cambridge Public Library––explore your Library! 


Book Adventures Map for Youth (view here)

Adventure with the Cambridge Public Library this summer through themed books and activities. Keep track of your participation on our book adventure map. Stop by any of our library locations throughout the summer to share what you’ve done and get free books to keep, while supplies last! 

Booklist: Picture Books

Booklist: Middle Grade

Booklist: Teens

Book Giveaway: Awesome Science Activities for Kids

Book Giveaway: How to Draw All the Animals OR How to Draw Anime 

Book Giveaway: Bake, Make and Learn to Cook

Book Giveaway: The Highlights Book of Things to Do


Summer Reading Programs at the Library

Summer Reading: Librarians Recommend... 
Wednesday, June 29 | 6:00 p.m. 
Main Library – 449 Broadway INDOOR (See our librarians' recommendations here!)

Hoop Troop 
Wednesday, July 6 | 2:00 p.m. 
rain date: Wednesday, July 13 | 2:00 p.m. 
Joan Lorentz Park, Main Library – 449 Broadway OUTDOOR 

Playful Engineers Traveling MakerSpace 
Monday, July 11 | 2:00 p.m. 
rain date: Monday, July 18 | 2:00 p.m. 
Valente Branch – 826 Cambridge St. OUTDOOR 

Pied Piper of Hamelin presented by Puppet Showplace 
Wednesday, July 20 | 2:00 p.m. 
Main Library – 449 Broadway INDOOR 

Exploring China Through Music and Story presented by Shaw Pong Liu 
Monday, August 2 | 2:00 p.m. 
Valente Branch – 826 Cambridge St. INDOOR 

Kids Resist! with Wee the People 
Saturday, August 13 | 2:00 p.m. 
O’Neill Branch – 70 Rindge Ave. OUTDOOR 

Rhythm Delivered presented by DrumatiX 
Wednesday, August 17 | 2:00 p.m. 
Main Library – 449 Broadway INDOOR 


Summer Reading BINGO for Adults (view here)

Read and explore what the Library has to offer this summer. From July 1 to August 26, when you read something or complete an activity that matches the suggestion in a BINGO square, write down the title or circle the activity. Book titles may be used only once per BINGO card, and only one card per person.   

Need suggestions?  

Ask your local librarian for recommendations! Stop by any Cambridge Public Library location or receive personalized reading recommendations by visiting https://www.cambridgema.gov/cpl/Services/yournextgreatread. Get more ideas from CPL on social media and keep the conversation going by using the hashtag #CPLSummerReading. 

Suggestions and resources to complete your BINGO board:

The Hive Makerspace

Liberation Libraries

Mango Languages

Your Next Great Read

Expanded Branch Library Hours

Sidewalk Poetry

Librarians Recommend... (booklist from kickoff event)

How do I win?

Complete a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line for a BINGO win! Show your completed BINGO card to Library staff and you will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card to a local independent bookstore. Feeling ambitious? For each additional line you complete, you will receive another drawing entry.  

How do I submit my BINGO card for the prize drawing?  

When you are finished with your BINGO card with one or more completed lines, submit it only once, in one of the following ways:  

  • Bring your BINGO card to any Cambridge Public Library location and show it to a staff member 
  • Email images of the front and back of your BINGO card to cplsummerreading@cambridgema.gov


Funding for Summer Reading has been generously provided by the City of Cambridge, Cambridge Public Library Foundation, East Cambridge Savings Bank, Friends of the Cambridge Public Library and Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.