Mattapoisett Library Summer Reading

Almost all middle and high school students are required to read at least one book over the summer as part of their assigned summer reading. One of the most challenging parts of this process is actually finding the book. Luckily, the Mattapoisett Free Public Library has a large selection of the assigned books, as it has the school reading lists for local area schools.

Librarian Liz Sherry urges kids to get in soon to put their name on a waiting list, if the book they need isn’t on the shelf, to avoid frantic searching at the last minute. She also wants students to know that the Mattapoisett Library has access to books from libraries throughout the state, if the book is not readily available locally. The library gets delivery from other libraries Tuesday through Saturday.

Summer reading books come not only in hardcover and/or paperback but also on CD and on individual MP3 players that can be checked out. Some titles can be downloaded as ebooks, and the check out period for these is also two weeks.

A table is set up in the lobby of the library displaying many of the books on the Old Rochester Regional summer reading list. If you have any questions, or wish to find out if a book you need is available, please call 508-758-4171, or email You can also search for a title online at, where you can put the book on reserve with your library card. The library is located at 7 Barstow St.

The summer reading program at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library is starting to wind down, which means only one thing: the ice cream sundae party is approaching.

Children’s director Linda Burke urges participants to record their hours read to the library no later than 4:00 pm on Saturday, Aug. 3. Any person who has read a minimum of six hours during the program’s span is invited to the ice cream sundae party on Aug. 7 at 1:00pm.

People who record their hours will also be eligible to win a raffle prize at the party.

Burke also reminds families who signed up to bring the list of books the family read together. These families will be eligible to win the Family Prize Bucket.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the children’s department of the Mattapoisett Free Public Library at 508-758-4171.

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