Registration open for library’s Summer Reading

WESTFIELD — Registration is now open for all ages, infant through adult, for Patterson Library’s summer reading program, “Libraries Rock!”

The library’s summer reading program will run from Monday, June 25, to Monday, July 30, the day of the final picnic. Anyone interested in participating can register at the library during open hours.

Every Monday during the program, the library will host a special event at 11:15 a.m. On Monday, June 25, Magician Cris Johnson will open the summer reading program. The following Monday, July 2, the Great Lakes National Puppet Theater will visit the library for the first time. On Monday, July 9, there will be an in-house instrument making workshop, where kids of all ages can learn how to make drums, horns, and more.

Folk Singer Tom Seiling will visit on Monday, July 16, for a special concert in the Octagon Gallery and the following week, Monday, July 23, Westfield residents of all ages will have the opportunity to participate in a concert of their own at the Patterson Library Community Talent Show. Details for signing up for the talent show will be posted at the library as well as on the library’s website and Facebook page closer to the event. The library will close its summer reading program on Monday, July 30 at 11 a.m. with a final picnic featuring a performance from the Spoon Man.

The summer reading groups will be divided throughout the week, mostly falling on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. For a detailed calendar of the group names and times, visit

During its busy summer reading program, the library will also host its annual used book sale on July 12 through July 14 during library hours. The library is no longer accepting book donations due to lack of storage available.

The Patterson Library will celebrate its 110th anniversary on Aug. 1 of this year. Hannah Patterson left $100,000 in her will to build a library of “great beauty and excellence” in Westfield. The library saw over 52,000 visits last year and hosts hundreds of programs each year for all ages. To view a detailed history of the library and a list of upcoming programs, visit the library’s website at