It's summer reading time in Nashoba Valley's libraries!

At the Hazen Memorial Library in Shirley, the "Build a Better World" summer reading program kicks off on June 22 with Magician Scott Jameson at 5:30 p.m. Students can visit the library at any time to sign up and receive a reading log. Readers receive prize tickets for the number of books read and by attending programs over the summer, which will include insects, flying objects, hands-on STEM programs, building projects and science shows.

Summer Reading is supported by the Friends of Hazen Memorial Library, the Shirley Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Library System, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Boston Bruins, with funding from the Institute of Museums and Library Services. Visit

In Townsend, "Build a Better World" is the theme for summer reading, which runs through Aug. 22. An ice cream social will be held June 28, 6:30 p.m., sponsored by the TPL Endowment and donations from Cherry Hill Too.

Register for summer reading by visiting

In Groton, the Groton Public Library will hold a kick-off June 21, 7 to 8:30 p.m., featuring Dylan Curtis of Homes for Our Troops, non-profit that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans. There also will be a "Sticky Fingers" mini breakout challenge with puzzles and code solving and sundaes.


To sign up for summer reading in Groton, visit Books read will earn funds for Homes for Our Troops.

Pepperell's Lawrence Library will kick off the season on June 21, 7 p.m., with "Journey to the Arctic."

Margaret Williams, Director of World Wildlife Fund's Arctic program, and a native of Pepperell, will provide a family friendly tour of the marine and coastal landscapes, wildlife, and people of the Arctic. Her slide show presentation will include the current challenges for conservation in the region, and a description of some of WWF's programs in this part of the world. This event is sponsored by Nashoba Conservafion Trust.