Reading Programs

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

This is the Milton Public Library’s year-round reading program for babies and toddlers up to age five.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a national movement that encourages parents to bond with their children through reading together, and helps young readers develop a lifelong love of books and learning from an early age.

To register, or to log your books, click here.


Summer Reading


Check out our FAQ below to find out everything you need to know about our Teen and Children’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Already have all the info? Click here to sign in to your Reading Log or to register.

We can’t wait to see you at the library this summer!

Love, Miss Sara and the staff of the Milton Public Library


Children's Summer Reading Questions

What is the Children's Summer Reading Challenge?

  • It’s an on-your-own, do-it-anywhere, totally FREE reading program for kids from preschool through entering grade 6 in September. Participants read any books they want, track how many minutes they read, and enter their minutes read on our website.  This year’s theme is On Your Mark, Get Set… Read!

When does the Challenge start and end?

  • Registration starts May 27. MPS students will register for the Challenge with their school librarian at school. Readers can begin logging minutes on June 23, the last day of school, and the last date to log your time is August 30. Need help logging minutes? Just call the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957.

How can children who can't yet read participate?

By having stories read to them. Even children who are independent reader may count stories that are read to them. (Audio books also count!)

Why does the library need a phone number and email address?

Summer Reading Challenge participants are eligible for special prize drawings during the program. If you win, we need to let you know! An email address also lets us send reminders of special events and of approaching deadlines. Contact information is never shared.

How many minutes should I read?

As many as you want! We recommend that every child try to read at least 20-30 minutes per day. Let’s see if we can break last year’s record of 484,000 minutes read by Milton Summer Readers! If we reach our goal, the Milton Rotary will make a donation on our behalf to Special Olympics, supporting kid and adult athletes with disabilities.

What should I read?

You may read anything you like, from anywhere you like! The choice is yours – stories, nonfiction, magazines, graphic novels, audiobooks, whatever. The library will have displays of great books to read, and there are links to some suggestions below, too. When you log minutes, you can also write reviews of the books you read. Maybe another reader will have a recommendation for you…

Summer Reading Suggestions

Children’s Reading Choices 2016
Summer Reading for Birth-Preschool, 2016
Summer Reading for Grades K-2, 2016
Summer Reading for Grades 3-5, 2016
Summertime Favorites from the National Endowment for the Humanities
2016 Summer Reading Booklists from Scholastic

Who makes all of this super fun stuff possible?

The Massachusetts Summer Library Program is sponsored by your local library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Local sponsors for our program are the Friends of the Milton Public Library and the Milton Rotary.

Sounds awesome! How do I sign up?

Just click on the link at the top of the page and follow the directions! Each child will need to select a username and password as part of the registration process. Be sure to remember yours, although the library can help you if you forget. You will receive a confirmation email which will contain a link to your summer reading page.

I've still got more questions. How do I contact the library?

Call the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957, or drop by and see us!

Teen Summer Reading Questions

Help! I loved participating in the Children's Summer Reading Program but I'm too old, what do I do?

Don’t panic! The Milton Public Library has a Teen Summer Reading Program too. Teens entering grades 7 – 12 can win prizes by logging the books they’ve read and attending library programs.

How do I sign up?

You can sign up online here 

What do I read?

Anything you want! You can read books, graphic novels, magazines, and even listed to audiobooks. Still need inspiration? Check out the recommendations on our Summer Reading site.

When does the program start and end?

The Teen Summer Reading Program begins June 25th and ends August 26th.

More Questions?

Sounds like it’s time to get in touch with Miss Lilly. Send her an email at or call the library (617)698-5757.

Library Hours

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The Friends of MPL Bookshop

If you want a book that you can take home forever (without worrying about the late fee!), be sure to check out the Milton Public Library bookshop! We have books to suit every reading level and genre preference.

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