The Library cares about your children and has planned exciting programs to keep them reading and learning all summer. Join our Summer Reading Program and attend the fun events we are planning for kids ages 5 to 12 years! This summer’s theme is “A Universe of Stories!” We will explore all kinds of topics that make up outer space. We will engineer and launch rockets, make aliens out of balloons, and more. The programs are free and open to children of all abilities and will run from July 3rd through Aug. 14th. Children who join the summer library program keep their brains active and enter school in the fall ready to learn and ready to succeed!

Deb's Summer Reading Storytimes will run:

  • every Monday at 10:00 am for ages 18 months to 2 years
  • every Monday at 1:00 pm for ages 3 to 5
  • every Tuesday at 6:00 pm for ages 4 to 7.

Also, don't forget to check out our Saturday morning storytimes in the Douglas Farmer's Market at 10:00 am!

Here's the big-ticket schedule:

Moon Crazy!

July 3 at 10:30am in the Library

Blast off with Jackson Gilman with songs and stories that will take you far away and pilot you happily home!



Alien Balloon Twisting

July 10 at 10:30am in the Library

Learn the arcane arts of balloon twisting as you create your own space alien.

Aliens: Escape from Earth

July 17 at 10:30am in the Library

Come for science! Special Effects! Experiments! Action-packed alien adventure story! More Science!




Rockets: There and Back Again!

July 31 at 10:30 & 11:30am in the Municipal Center Gym.

Engineer & launch imaginary space vehicles with with the Boston Science Museum.

Magic Wings

July 24 at 10:00am in the Municipal Center Gym.

Live butterflies and other creatures! Learn about life cycles, habitats, and senses in this joint program co-hosted by the Douglas Sunshine Club.

Blue Star Planetarium

August 7 at 10:30 & 11:15am  in the Municipal Center Gym.

It's an inflatable planetarium! How cool is that? The 10:30 show is for pre-K to 2nd grade and the 11:15 showing is for grades 3 and up. 

Picnic Finale & Prize Give-away

August 14 at 10:30 on the Library lawn.

Eat food, get loot, and play games.

Motivate children to discover the personal joy of reading! All children will receive a raffle ticket when they sign up for the program. At the picnic finale, tickets will be pulled at random and when their name is drawn, they will then be able to choose a prize at the summer reading “store.” Children unable to attend the finale can come to the library anytime after the picnic to choose their prize.


To register for or inquire about summer reading programs, please contact Debbie Soderman at or 508-476-2695.

A Universe of Stories is sponsored by the Library, the Friends of the Library, the Douglas Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.