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Calling all Brooklyn Summer Readers!

Have FUN this summer with books, activities, and virtual programs from Brooklyn Public Library! Summer is the time to read what you choose – to make you laugh, send shivers up your spine, transport you to another time or place, answer questions, or offer comfort in stressful times.

Read what you like this summer or choose from our booklist suggestions. Most books on the list are available in digital formats such as eBooks or eAudio books. Find a complete schedule of virtual programs including storytimes, game time, arts and crafts and performances on our events calendar.

Sign up for Summer Reading at Beanstack for activity suggestions all summer long. Children ages 5-12 can earn badges and enter our random drawing for a set of wireless headphones. View the complete prize drawing rules below.

To enter the random drawing for a set of wireless headphones, sign up for Summer Reading at Beanstack. Sign up for Summer Reading at Beanstack at, Brooklyn Public Library’s partner for virtual Summer Reading from June 1 to August 31, 2020. Write reviews and complete activities to earn badges.

  • For ages 5-12
  • One badge is equal to one ticket in the random drawing.
  • 10 wireless headphones will be given away in this random drawing.
  • Entrants must be between ages 5 and 12 as of August 31, 2020.
  • Winners will be notified by phone call or email in September 2020.

Brooklyn Public Library employees and their immediate families are not eligible to enter. Interns and volunteers are eligible to enter. Prize will be awarded to an alternate winner if prize notification cannot be made or is otherwise undeliverable.

Summer Reading Playlist

For book talks and how-to activity suggestions by children's librarians, check out our Summer Reading playlists.


These messages from Brooklyn Public Library's President & CEO Linda Johnson and sponsors of the Summer Reading program will cheer you on!

Linda E. Johnson, President and CEO We are thrilled to offer our annual summer reading program online this year. As we continue to stay at home, books have the power to transport us back in time and propel us forward to new and interesting places. Our inventive team of librarians have put together book lists as well virtual programs for nearly every day of the summer to entertain and educate children. I am grateful to our corporate sponsors for their generosity in supporting the program and look forward to joining people all across Brooklyn for one of summer’s great pleasures: curling up with a good book on a hot afternoon.

Heather Nesle, President, New York Life Foundation At a time when everything seems uncertain, the New York City Public Libraries Summer Reading program will provide thousands of children with free books and an escape through the works of mythical creatures and new adventures as well as learning opportunities that underserved communities need over the summer given the recent challenges of remote learning. Much of the achievement gap experienced over the summer can be attributed to unequal learning opportunities, which is why the Foundation supports out-of-school time programs and invests in the New York City Public Libraries vital resources.

Edward White, Executive Director, National Grid Foundation National Grid Foundation is a long-time supporter of Brooklyn Public Library and its successful Summer Reading Program. This program ensures that summer break is not a vacation from learning and reading. This is especially true as students and parents are home during this unprecedented time. Brooklyn Public Library always creates such a fun and inventive program that encourages children to want to read. They love the program and we couldn’t ask for more.

Johari Jenkins, Brooklyn Corporate Affairs, Con Edison Con Edison is once again proud to support Brooklyn Public Library’s annual Summer Reading program. BPL’s reading challenges, book lists and programs play an important role in helping Brooklyn students keep up with their reading skills over the summer. All of us at Con Edison hope you take this opportunity to read what you love, to follow your inspiration and to Imagine Your Story this summer!

Anthony Mazza, Downtown Brooklyn Store Manager, Macy’s "Macy’s is honored to support the Brooklyn Public Library’s Summer Reading program for the 14th year, providing critical funds that ensure students keep up with their reading skills – even while school is out,” said Anthony Mazza, Macy’s Downtown Brooklyn Store Manager. “As part of the Brooklyn community, we’re proud to help families across the borough continue reading throughout the summer."


Major support provided by the New York Life Foundation, the 2020 city-wide sponsor for the Summer Reading Program.

Lead support for Brooklyn Public Library’s Summer Reading 2020 program is provided by the National Grid Foundation.

The program is supported by Con Edison and Macy’s.

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