1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a reading challenge for kids from birth until they enter kindergarten. Read a book—any book!—or listen to an audiobook with your child. You can even read the same book more than once and count it each time. Earn a prize for every 100 books you complete. Keep going until you reach 1000 or your child starts kindergarten, whichever comes first. But don’t stop reading!

Keep track of books read at home, in daycare, or with other friends and family. You can reach 1000 books in a little under three years by reading just one book a day! Earn free ice cream at Stonington Ice Cream Company from June-August when you visit the library and show us your progress. Sign up here.

The program name is used with permission from the 1000 Books Foundation.

SPL Book Bingo 2022-2023

SPL is supersizing the summer reading challenge! Read books all year round for the chance to win prizes, and over the summer—June to August—readers can earn free coffee at 44 North (adults) or free ice cream at Stonington Ice Cream Company (kids and teens). Readers have a whole year to complete as many squares as possible, starting June 1, 2022 and running through May 31, 2023.

Teens and adults can earn a chance to win a $25 Blue Hill Books gift certificate for each BINGO—horizontal, vertical or diagonal line—they complete. Blackout the whole card and be entered to win a $100 Blue Hill Books gift certificate. Sign up here.

Kids in grades K-8 get two bingo cards: one for summer (June to August) and one for the school year (September to May). It works the same as for teens & adults but with more opportunities to win. Earn the chance for a $20 Out on a Whimsey Toys gift certificate for each BINGO line. Blackout the whole card and be entered to win a $50 Out on a Whimsey Toys gift certificate. Winners will be drawn at both the end of summer and the school year. Readers who blackout both bingo cards can pick out any one book ($25 or under) for the library to buy them. Sign up here.

Now Streaming Kanopy @ SPL

SPL now offers Kanopy, a streaming video service with over 30,000 films available on your favorite device. All you need for instant access is an up-to-date SPL account and your SPL card number. Call 367-5926 or email stonington.public.library@gmail.com for your credentials. Then follow the steps below to begin watching for free.

What is Kanopy?

Kanopy is a video streaming service that provides instant access to thousands of critically acclaimed movies, documentaries and Kids favorites. We partner with studios like A24, The Criterion Collection, PBS and more to bring your library access to thoughtful entertainment.

How can I watch Kanopy?

You can stream Kanopy on any of your favorite devices! Kanopy is accessible via mobile and tablet apps for iPhone and Android. You can also access Kanopy on your Desktop, and SmartTV apps like Roku, Apple TV, and Fire Stick.

How to create an account

  • To get started, visit stoningtonlibrary.kanopy.com and select “Add Library Card” button on the lower left
  • Enter your library card credentials
  • Create an account using your preferred email
  • Begin streaming!

ICYMI: Browntail Moth Presentation

Tom Schmeelk, forest entomologist at Maine Forest Service, answered all our questions and then some about the browntail moth at an open-air presentation in Small Cove Park yesterday. It’s not too late to remove and destroy BTM webs before the weather warms up, but the window of opportunity is becoming increasingly small. Tom generously agreed to share his PowerPoint presentation online and to spread the word as wide as possible. We highly encourage you take some time from your day to understand the risk BTM poses and what you can do to minimize that risk.

Once you’re done viewing the presentation, you can borrow clippers from Island Heritage Trust, our event co-host, and do your part to stop the itch!