Summer Reading 2017 for Kids and Teens

June 22 – August 12, 2017
This summer, the NTL is promoting the national theme of “Build a Better World” throughout the entire summer reading program. The Library will be offering lots of great programs on architecture, building, construction, engineering, environment, and social awareness. In addition, rewards and prizes will be given out for reaching reading benchmarks.

Deadline to pick up all prizes is September 7th!!


Click the appropriate link to go straight to our online summer reading page where you can sign up and log in your reading (please note, the link will not be active until the program is ready to kick off on June 22nd).



Summer Programming Line Up: Click to register for each event


Kick off our Summer Reading Kick Off Party with an amazing performance by Magician Scott Jameson who has designed a special performance called Build Better Magic for this year’s Summer Reading Theme of Build A Better World. CLICK HERE to register for the Family Magic Show.

All attendees will be entered into a raffle to win tickets to Water Country, Canobie Lake Amusement Park (worth over $150), and the New England Aquarium.
Immediately following the performance, children can enjoy a special treat of Kona shaved ice from a Kona-Ice Truck. There will also be henna tattoos, face painting, and more from 2-3pm to continue our Summer Reading Kick Off.


Jack McCarthy: “The Lego Maniac” – July 7th @ 1pm

Come visit Jack, also known as “The Lego Maniac”. Jack has been a lifetime lover of Legos and will be coming to the NTL with all his Legos for some great Lego fun! All participants will be entered into a raffle.


David Polansky – Family Musician – July 28th @ 11am

David Polansky is visiting the Newbury Town Library this summer for a family fun musical event. Get ready to sing and put on your dancing shoes because his shows involve the audiences in many different ways including singing, dance and other movement, questions and answers, or on the spot lyric writing. Don’t wait. Register Today!


Nature Nick’s Animal Adventures – August 10th @ 11am

Monkeys, Kangaroos, Otters and more!!!

Come to the Library to celebrate the end of Summer Reading with Nature Nick and his live animal show. Must be 5 years old or up to attend this program. Spots will fill up so Register Now!


(20 minutes a day OR 2 hours 20 minutes a week)

Online Registration begins June 22nd

The Newbury Library’s Summer Reading program runs June 22 – Aug 12, 2017. 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. Reading will be tracked by how many minutes/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. Register and log your reading and be eligible to win prizes!!!

To sign up, click the appropriate link below and get started! (Links go live on June 22th!) The deadline to get all of your reading logged in online is Saturday, August 12th by 11:59pm!




You mean aside from all the great stories you’ll read? Well, we happen to have a bonanza of raffle prizes and giveaways this year!


Prizes include:

  • Admission tickets to Canobie Lake Park, Water Country, the New England Aquarium, Zoo New England, and ImprovBoston
  • Gift certificates to Build-A-Bear Workshop
  • Movie passes to Cinemagic and Chunky’
  • Free strings to Leo’s Super Bowl
  • This is in addition to Topsfield Fair prizes, free ice cream cones to local ice cream shops, free swim pass at the YWCA, and more for ALL who complete our summer reading program.


How do you get the prizes? Through reading each week and completing the summer reading program and by attending youth library events this summer. The Canobie Lake Park tickets will be raffled off on June 22nd 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 12th by 11:59pm!


Deadline to pick up all prizes is September 7th!!


Check out our summer reading Sponsors page to see all the places that have generously donated to our program!


2017 Summer Reading Lists from Schools:

Newbury Elementary School Reading List

Triton Middle School :




Triton High School Reading List


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.