The Woods Hole Public Library is celebrating summer reading with a Reading Regatta throughout July and August. Readers of all ages are encouraged to sign up for the Summer Reading Regatta starting on July 1. Each week, readers who complete at least 30 minutes of reading a day will be awarded with a special iron on patch to proudly display on a tote bag or garment of their choice. There are five patches to earn in total – a special 2024 Reading Regatta patch, and in keeping with this summer’s nautical theme, four patches that spell out WHPL in signal flags. To participate, visit the Woods Hole Public Library to sign up and receive a reading log, check out a stack of books, and start reading!

To kick off the summer of reading, all are invited to a Raingutter Regatta on Saturday, July 6, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Come to the Library/Museum courtyard at 11:00 am to create a sailboat using recycled materials. The Library will have a motley assortment of recycled materials on hand for kids to try their hand at creating a swift, buoyant sailing vessel to race. Races will begin at high noon! In addition to the Raingutter Regatta races, there will be a number of other fun activities set up. The Woods Hole Historical Museum will have their spritsail boat kits available for purchase, along with a small pool to take new boats out for a spin. A station for creating a banner using signal flags will also be set up, along with a knot tying station. It will be a fun morning to celebrate reading with a nautical spin!