Summer Reading!

June 19 – Aug. 11

About the Program

The Rutland Free Library invites kids of all ages to join the 2017 Summer Reading Club.

Reading during the summer is lots of fun and helps keep skills sharp. Membership is easy. Just let us know you wish to join. You’ll receive a colorful membership packet. Record the books you read during the summer. Bring your reading record in throughout the summer and receive stickers, books, and fun prizes. Visit the library for craft programs, performances, and great books. Add you name to our readers’ display.

Children of all ages may participate because the reader’s record can be used for children who are reading independently or being read to.


Make the world better by planting free seeds!

Bring in your reading record beginning June 23.  Show us your reading entries and receive seeds to plant!

Free books for Summer Reading Club Members!

Bring your reading record beginning July 10. Show us your reading entries and choose a book for your home library.  Thank you to Phoenix Books for a generous donation of new books!

Additional prizes for Summer Reading Club Members!

Bring in your reading record beginning July 24. Show us your reading entries and choose a prize from our prize bucket.

End of summer raffle for fun prizes!

Each time you check out books, you may enter your name in the raffle for more fun prizes.


Don’t miss these special events…

Backpack Theatre

Wed. June 28th @ 3:30 pm

Entertaining for all ages. Backpack Theater performances of Peter Pan and The Three Bears. Free. No registration.

T-shirt Craft

Tues. July 11th @ 3 pm

Bring a T-shirt or more to repurpose into environmentally friendly totes and bookbags. We suggest a shirt with fun graphics for a super fun tote!  All ages.  No registration.

Build a Better Bridge Challenge

Tues. July 18th @ 3 pm

Join us for a fun STEM project. Design and build a bridge to span our river of paper.  All ages.  No registration.

Nesting Season – Raptors and Their Homes

Thurs. July 27th @ 3 pm

Vermont Institute of Natural Science presents a program on raptors.  Live birds will be present, too!  No registration.

Build a Better Bird Feeder

Tues. Aug. 8th @ 3 pm

Join us for a workshop using recyclable materials and materials from nature to build a beautiful birdfeeder. All ages.  No registration.

LEGO® Building Challenges

Wed. June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2, 9 @ 10 am

We have lots of Legos to create amazing things. Thank you to the Boys & Girls Club for supervision. No registration. 

Tales to Tails – Kids Reading to Dogs

Wed. July 26 and Aug. 23 @ 4 pm

Kids can meet and read to trained therapy dogs … who are just the best listeners for beginning readers. Thank you Caring Canines.  No registration.


TumbleBook library

ClickTBimageThe TumbleBook library is a collection of TumbleBooks (animated, talking picture books) with fiction, nonfiction and foreign language titles, read-alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration but no animation), e-books which may be viewed online, and Tumble Puzzles & Games.

read 1000 books before kindergarten!

Reading aloud to your child is the best way to prepare him or her for Kindergarten. Research shows that kids should be read at least 1000 books from birth to age 5. So where do you find 1000 books to read to your kids? The library is your best bet. Our picture book collection contains several thousand books. Our library book sales are wonderful for adding to your home collection in a very thrifty manner. Children’s books are 25 cents, with some exceptions. Sales are held throughout the year.

read down your fines

Children who would like to earn a coupon to use towards fines on their library cards may arrange with librarian June Osowski to earn a $1.00 coupon for each 15 minutes of reading in the library.

homework help

Our homework help page has a wide variety of databases available, with articles from magazines and newspapers to encyclopedias and peer-reviewed journals. All subjects, all ages!

kids’ events

Are listed on our calendar!

For details on our regular kids programs, click here.