Summer Stars 2021

Summer Stars is back for Summer 2021!

Summer Stars is the public library national summer reading programme for children that runs from the 14th of June until the 31st of August 2021.

All children throughout the country are invited to join the adventure and to enjoy the fun and pleasure of reading and writing over the summer. Summer Stars is non-competitive and every child who reads even one book is regarded as having completed the programme – and it’s all completely free!

The Summer Stars Reading Challenge is free to access in our library branches and on our website and features storytime videos, quizzes and activities that will motivate children to take part in reading-related hobbies over the summer.


Reading Card
Reading cards, available in both English and Irish, are available from your local library from the week of June 14th.

Children can record books they have read on their Reading Card and return it to the library when full. All children who return their reading card to their local library by August 31st will receive a Summer Stars medal and achievement certificate in September 2021.

Physical books, comics or graphic novels, eBooks and audiobooks can all be included on your child’s Reading Card.


Summer Stars Events
While most of our Summer Stars events will take place online this summer, we would love to be able to plan some outdoor events later in the summer as health and safety regulations allow – watch this space! Watch storytime, craft and book review videos online at our Waterford Library Facebook page and Waterford Libraries YouTube page:


Story Competition
Enter the national Story Competition online at! This year you are being asked to write a story with the opening line: “Of all the places in the world, I never thought I would be here…”

Prizes for winners, and runner ups will be awarded in three age groups and children aged 6 to 18 can enter.

Brown’s Road Library – Everyone’s A Reader Challenge!

Have you decided that reading just isn’t your thing? Maybe you just haven’t found the right book!
Send an email to and let us know what you are interested in, whether it’s unicorns or unicycles, wizards or whales, we can find the right fit for you!

If you finish your recommended book, send us in a very quick review telling us why you liked it (or didn’t!) and there will be a small prize. So why not get in touch today!


Book Review Competition

Review your favourite book for our Summer Stars Book Review Competition and enter our draw to win Book Tokens!

Pick up an entry form in your local branch or download one here and return it before July 30th – prizes in each branch and overall prizes county wide!

Please keep your book review under 200 words. Illustrated book reviews also accepted.

Please remember to include your name, age and parent or guardian’s contact number or email on your review.
Closing date is Friday 30th July 2021.

For more information please contact your local library branch.

Summer Stars Videos!



Downloadable Activities

Book Review









“Fill In The Blanks” Story Sheet








Make a Prediction!









Book Character Word Search









Waterford Beaches Word Search









Design a Book Cover!









Write Your Own Comic! 









Colour Your Own Bookmarks!

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