Summer Reading

Summer Reading 2020 at Jonathan Trumbull Library – Imagine Your Story

We have some new and exciting activities for young people this summer! We want all the youth of Lebanon to be able to participate, so you can either sign up at the library, by phone, or online.

When you sign up for summer reading you will get to choose a fairy tale/mythology themed shape to have your name written on and it will be hung on the library wall. You will also have some challenges to complete that will earn you raffle tickets for summer fun baskets!

Choose one, two, or all three of our summer reading challenges:

  •         Complete a Summer Reading Log (Read and rate 10 books)
  •         Complete a Summer Reading Bingo (5 in a row, vertically, horizontally, or diagonally)
  •         Draw a picture inspired by a book you read (redesign the cover, draw a character, etc.)

You may earn up to five raffle tickets per person, after that you can continue playing for other prizes! The raffle drawing will take place on August 14th and we will notify the winners by phone. Prizes can be picked up at the library.

If you are unable to physically come to the library, you can download a PDF of all the forms and sign up online.  We will also post pictures of the Prize Baskets online.  When complete, you can email a photo or scan of your log/sheet/drawing to and tell us which raffle basket you want to enter for.

2020 State of Connecticut Suggested Summer Reading Lists
Grades K-2
Grades 3-4
Grades 5-6
Grades 7-8
Grades 9-12
Lebanon Middle School Summer Book Lists
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
We will have the books from these lists displayed by grade for you to find easily.

You can keep a list of everything you borrow from JTL by following these steps:

1. Log into your account.
2. Account Preferences
3. Click “Keep history of checked items”
4. SAVE.

After saving, the books you have read will be saved in a list that you can print at the end of the summer.

Download a summer reading journal to print and handwrite here.


Raffle basket choices:


In addition to reading this summer, we have some fun and educational programs for you! Check our events calendar each week for updates.

Pick up a Make-and-Take Craft Bag while you’re at the library or request them at the window and enjoy some fun Craft and STEAM activities at home!

Share pictures of what you made with us by emailing them to or tagging @JonathanTrumbullLibrary on Facebook or @lebanonctlibrary on Instagram!

On Mondays, we  have an online storytime with Miss Frances! Join us at 3:00 pm on Zoom for stories. Register through the link on the website to get the meeting ID!

On Tuesdays, join Director Earls outside every other week for chess! We will play at 2:00 pm. Masks on, game on!

On Wednesdays, you can follow along on Facebook Live with New London County 4-H and build the STEM project in a kit you pick up at the library ahead of time. Every other Wednesday there will be new escape rooms for you to solve!

You can sign up for summer STEM programs by calling 860-642-7763. Sign up, pick up a kit at the library on Monday or Tuesday, then follow along with local 4-H leaders online Wednesday!

All 4-H Brainiac Build Facebook Live sessions will be on the UConn 4-H New London County Facebook page: every other Wednesday at 10:00 am.
4-H Brainiac Build activity instructions will be posted on Facebook and the UConn 4-H New London County Afterschool & Summer webpage:

Break Out! Escape Rooms will be online every other Wednesday at 10 am. When you sign up with the library you will get instructions for creating a username and getting to the online escape rooms. 4-H New London County 4-H leaders will be live on their Facebook page: to help you if you need hints. Sign up by calling 860-642-7763 or emailing


Dougal Art, caricatures, illustrations, entertainment and educationZoom Cartooning and Drawing Tricks with Bill Dougal
Mondays in August
@ 4:00 pm
Learn to draw cartoons and things out of simple shapes. Sign up at the library or online. For ages 7-12.

More online programs are coming soon!

Photo of Summer Reading Participation Wall

Please remember to wear your masks when you enter the library, wash or sanitize hands, and wait until you and your family are all well before coming to see us. Thank you for your kindness!






Adult and Teen Summer Reading