summer-readingJune 28 – August 13, 2016
This year, The NTL is offering a summer reading program for teens as well as kids, and the national theme is sports, fitness, health and wellness. We’ll have weekly fitness workshops, volleyball, weekly yoga, movies and more, all in addition to our summer reading program in which rewards and prizes will be given out for reaching reading benchmarks.

*Please note, the deadline to claim any Topsfield Fair prizes won by participating in our summer reading program is friday, Sept. 2, 2016 by 5pm. After that, the Fair requires all unclaimed prizes be returned to them. 

To go straight to our online summer reading page where you can sign up and log in your reading, click the appropriate link below (please note, link will not be active until the program is ready to kick off on June 28th!):

SAVE THE DATE: Tues., June 28th!
2016 GET FIT Summer Reading Kickoff Party / Online registration begins!
We’re kicking off our summer of fitness and reading with an incredible interactive Capoeira/Maculele show by Boston’s Sinha Capoeira group. Capoeira is a Brazilian combination of martial arts, dance, acrobatics and live music. Orange Leaf will be here with a frozen yogurt truck, and we’ll have Mandy Roberge here once again to give everyone incredible henna tattoos. Online summer reading signups begin today as well – participants are eligible for weekly raffle prizes!


Check out the flyers below for details, but here’s a snapshot on the FREE fitness and family workshops we’ll be offering this summer, as well as our other program offerings. To sign up for any of these offerings, go to our online calendar and register

WORKSHOPS: Great Bay TAI CHI, Tokyo Joe’s MARTIAL ARTS, ERBA Kayaking, Gwynnethe’s YOGA, Boston Generations PARKOUR, Creative Feast’s EAT@WIN, Seacoast United Admirals SOCCER, Dance Technics HIP HOP, Danvers Indoor Sports FITNESS, FUN &PLAY

Family Thursday Evening Workshops: REI on Family Camping, Riverside Cycles on Family Biking, Whirlaway Sports on Sports Injury Prevention

Weekly Programs (Teen Summer Tuesdays and Kids’ Fit Wednesdays/Fridays):Volleyball, Kids’ Yoga, Teen Yoga, Sports Movie Showings (free popcorn & water), Minecraft, Pizza Book Group, Cross Country Running Group, Storytimes, Lunch Bunch, Do Drop In FIT Playgroup sessions

SPECIAL SUMMER CONCERT: Join us Wednesday morning, July 27th, at 11am for our summer concert where you will enjoy a funny and touching multimedia concert of live songs, stories and animation performed by award-winning illustrator/songwriter Morgan Taylor. Great for ALL AGES.










Online Registration and Online Reading Log

The Newbury Library’s Summer Reading program runs June 28 – Aug 13, 2016. Sign up to read and you’ll be eligible for great raffle prizes as well as prizes at the end of the program for all participants. Registration for summer reading is online and with a new and improved system from last year. Reading will be tracked by how many hours are read instead of how many books, and as always, children whose parents read to them can count that as summer reading! Your summer reading accounts will be accessible from anywhere with a wifi connection and on laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc. To sign up, click the appropriate link below and get started! (Links go live on June 28th!) The deadline to get all of your reading logged in online is Saturday, August 13th by 11:59pm!

We have a long list of raffle prizes and give-aways for our summer readers that blows away any other year! Here are just a few: Topsfield Fair Admission + food + drink vouchers + 2 free ride tickets, 4 tickets to Canobie Lake Park (worth $152), free strings to Leo’s Superbowl, MetroRock Day Pass + Gear, a 1 year membership to Planet Fitness, Cinemagic movie tickets, yoga mats, even a FitBit to name a few! Check out our Summer Reading Sponsors page to see all the places that have donated to this program!

*Topsfield Fair Prize Information: The Topsfield Fair awards prizes to summer readers from grades K-6. Each prize includes 1 Admission Ticket (for readers 8+, children under age 8 are admitted to the Fair for free), 1 Hot Dog and Drink Voucher that the winner can redeem once they are at the Fair, 2 Ride Tickets, and 1 “Read and Win” Ribbon.

How do you get the prizes? Through reading each week and completing the summer reading program, by attending fitness workshops, and by attending other summer reading programs. The Canobie Lake Park tickets will be raffled off on June 28th at kick-off. Be sure to sign up for summer reading that day to be entered to win! The deadline to get all of your reading logged in online is Saturday, August 13th by 11:59pm!










TRITON HIGH SCHOOL (pdf): TritonHS2016summerreadinglists_9-12

– Grade 7 Reading List (pdf): 2016_Grade7SummerReading
– Grade 8 Reading List (pdf): 8thgrade_SummerReading2016

NEWBURY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (pdf): NES_summerreading2016

ALA Reading Lists (prek-6th)

Why summer reading? There are so many benefits. Check out the following information from the Collaborative Summer Library Program:

Prevent the Summer Slide!
Summer slide affects millions of children each year in this country—but it doesn’t have to. Read about tips for parents, caregivers, and members of community organizations to help keep learning fun throughout the summer break and the rest of the year.

Benefits of Summer Reading: Includes data on children’s summer library use, the relationship between library use and reading skills, and tips to prevent summer reading loss.

Summer Reading Research: Studies from John Hopkins, No Child Left Behind, and New York State Library Summer Reading Program that highlight research on summer reading and its effects on student achievement

Parents and Summer Reading: Resources, tips, and activities for parents and guardians to assist with summer reading.