For 2020, Dormont Library will host our Summer Reading Program for all ages entirely online. We can’t be certain when we’ll be open to the public again, but we don’t want anyone to miss out on a chance to participate in Summer Reading.

The 2020 theme is “Imagine Your Story”.

Reading Logs for All Ages

This year, participants will be logging books using the Beanstack reading challenge website. You can log books with just a few clicks or taps and earn badges when you reach reading milestones. Any kind of book in any format is eligible for the program: books, audiobooks, ebooks, or graphic novels/comics, as well as books that are read to younger readers.

Children and young adult readers can earn raffle tickets by meeting our reading goal of one book per week through the 9 weeks of the program. Read 3 books between June 8 and June 27, 3 more between June 28 and July 18, and 3 between July 19 and August 8 for 9 chances in our raffle drawing at the end of the program. Winners will receive a gift card (exact amount and store TBA).

Adult readers have a goal of 5 books through the Summer Reading period. Read 5 books between June 8–August 8 to earn 5 chances at a gift card raffle.

Everyone who registers for the program will receive a bookmark, and everyone who reaches the completion goal (9 for kids and young adults, 5 for adults) earns a choice of a Sarris candy bar, plant, or handmade bookmark. You can receive these gifts anytime through the end of 2020.

If you don’t have a PC or smart device at home, you can still participate in the program and log books by calling Dormont Library on or after June 8.

You may see a Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh logo on the registration site and “carnegielibrary” in the website address; we are grateful to CLP for their assistance in setting up the Beanstack app for all county libraries to use during this year’s program.

Children and Families

Video Storytime

Every Monday during Summer Reading, we’ll post a video to YouTube and on our website with a story and themed craft. Every Saturday will be Family Storytime with a longer story and craft, as well as a bonus origami video!

You can view a playlist of all of the summer reading videos starting here.

Storytime videos will be available through the end of the Summer Reading Program.

Children who view at least 4 of the Video Storytime sessions and do the craft are eligible to receive another raffle ticket for the Summer Reading gift card prize drawing.

Video Competition

This is a brand new competition families can participate in from home! Aspiring video producers are invited to create videos based on books you’ve read for Summer Reading in any (or all!) of the following three categories:

  • Animation (stop-motion, hand-drawn, digital)
  • Music & Poetry (singing, playing an instrument, recitals)
  • Drama (Live-action play, puppet show)

Videos should be no more than 5 minutes in length and must be appropriate for all-ages viewing. Video submissions will be sorted according to age groups:

  • Elementary – K to 5th grades
  • Middle School – 6th to 8th grades
  • High School – 9th to 12th grades

Videos will be featured on for one week and a winner in each category will be chosen by public vote. At the end of the competition, the top video in each age group will receive a special award!

Read the complete rules and guidelines for the video contest and find the submission form here,

Participating in the Video Competition will earn an additional ticket in the gift card prize raffle.

Book Reviews

We’d also like to invite our readers to submit book reviews to us. You can write a review when you log
a book with Beanstack, visible from your Beanstack profile page, or you can send a review directly to to feature on our website and social media.

We’ll also be accepting drawn book reviews from younger readers; draw your favorite moment from a book or let everyone know how it made you feel!

The first time you write or draw a book review, you’ll also earn an additional ticket in the gift card prize raffle.

More Summer Programs

The Allegheny County Library Association is offering several online programs, including weekly activity bingo cards that can be completed for chances to win a variety of prizes. To learn more, visit the ACLA Summer Reading website. (Site currently under construction.)

Visit RAD Works Here for more special online programming from other Allegheny County Regional Asset District museums, parks, and cultural organizations.