Header image consisting of two banners, one in English and one in Spanish. Each have two children (a white boy and a black Muslim girl) sitting on a whale, reading, next to the words Oceans of Possibilities or Océanos de Posibilidades.

Read under the sea and learn about everything in and on the ocean! You can earn points and prizes by reading books and coming to our events. Everyone who participates will get a ticket to our outdoor ice cream party in August!

This page will tell you everything you need to know about participating if your child is between the ages of 3 and 12 (younger kids might want to take on the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge; unfortunately, there is no teen summer reading game this year but there are a couple programs open to them).

Our summer reading game starts on June 27th and ends on August 19th. To sign up, you can just go to dobbsny03.readsquared.com!

Okay, I’m signed up. Now what?
Well, once your family signs up, each participating member will earn 10 points for every minute they read and 500 points for every program they attend. For every 1000 points they earn, they can come to the library and pick out a prize!

Is there a set list of books we have to read?
Not at all! Here are lists for kids aged 3 to 6 and those aged 7 to 12 that we’ve compiled to help you get started reading about animals, but you can read about whatever your heart desires.

Awesome! And what programs are there to attend?
We have so many, it’s hard to know where to begin! You can find our complete calendar here, but here are some of the events we’re most excited about:

  • June 27th at 2pm: Indoor kickoff with Greenburgh Nature Center
  • July 7th & 8th at 4:30pm: Online Minecraft summer camp for kids with TD3 Innovative Gaming
  • July 12 & 13th at 4:30pm: Online Minecraft summer camp for teens with TD3 Innovative Gaming
  • July 27th, August 3rd & 10th at 4pm: Improv classes with Rivers’ Edge Theatre Company
  • August 1st & 2nd all day: Stuffed Animal Sleepover: Summer Camp Edition

Everyone who participates any amount, be it by reading or attending programs, can attend our outdoor ice cream party with Penny Lick on August 19th at 2pm.

Whew, that’s a lot!
Yes, it is!

What if I have more questions?
You can email our children’s librarian, Ms. Gina, at dobchildref@wlsmail.org, call her up at (914) 693-6615, or drop by the library to talk to her anytime!

P.S. If you came here looking for the Springhurst summer reading lists: they haven’t been released yet but we’ll include links when they are.