2019 Summer Reading for Kids and Teens: A Universe of Stories!

NTL Summer Reading Program (June 25 – August 30, 2019)

This Summer, the NTL is promoting the national theme of “A Universe of Stories” and offering great space themed programs to inspire creativity in every child.

NTL is offering the Read & Bead Incentive Program.  Here’s how it works: Read and log to be eligible to receive awesome beads to add to your Summer Reading Necklace. For every 20 minutes read, you will receive one bead. Complete the week’s challenge of reading and logging 20 minutes a day or 2 hours 20 minutes a week and redeem for your read and bead token!

Click here to view our Summer Reading Flyer

2019 Summer Reading Logs (kids & teens)

2019 Summer Programming Line Up:

Click HERE to access our library calendar to register for each event.

JUNE 25th @ 4PM
Information Party and Kona Ice!!!





Tuesday, July 9th @ 3-5pm
Playful Engineers – a Traveling Maker Space (click to register)


In a hands-on, STEM focused workshop, participants design, build, test, and play with Rube Goldberg “machines”, plus domino constructions, exploding popsicle-stick snakes, and other awesome engineering explorations. Jay Mankita has worked with kids and families for over 30 years. His engineering workshops are experiential and inspiring. Jay is a longtime musical activist in ecology, nutrition, and education. He has a strong passion for engineering and making things move, and teaches how he learns – with patience, humor, and lots of room for mistakes! When he’s not singing or engineering, Jay is an award winning and masterful songwriter, guitarist, humorist, and performing artist – a seasoned veteran of the children’s circuit as well as the adult americana/folk scene.

Tuesday, July 16th @ 6-7pm
Henry the Juggler (click to register)

Henry the Juggler (AKA Henry Lappen) is wanted! He is wanted by audiences everywhere for his zany attempts to defy the laws of gravity. He juggles any number of balls, clubs, rings, members of the audience . . . He balances strange items on the tip of his nose. Everything is accomplished wordlessly as Henry uses body language (and road signs!) to express himself. Caution: Henry is known to use innocent bystanders in his act.

Henry the Juggler is a professional. He has been seen by tens of thousands up and down the East Coast – at theaters, schools, libraries and festivals. He has been performing for over 35 years. He studied physical comedy at California’s Dell’Arte School and continues his development with classes in tango and yoga. He is an active member of the International Jugglers’ Association. His website is www.HenryLappen.com

This show is supported in part by a grant from the Newbury Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Tuesday, August 20th @ 3-4pm
Davis Bates, Songs and Stories for Everyone (click here to register) 

Davis Bates’ performances are a mixture of family, Native American, international and regional songs and stories. They speak of empowerment, history, spirit and the environment. Davis Bates has been telling stories for over thirty-eight years, in schools, libraries, and community settings around New York & New England and across the country. His recording Family Stories won a prestigious Parents Choice Magazine Gold Award, and received a starred review by the American Library Association’s Booklist magazine. Davis lives in a small hilltown village in western Massachusetts, and when he isn’t performing or collecting and learning songs and stories he spends his time gardening and working on various pollinator preservation projects. This program is for all ages!

2019 Summer Reading Lists from Schools:

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.
  • The Importance of Summer Read: New York State Library, The Importance of Summer Reading: Public Library Summer Reading Programs and Learning
  • Summer Reading Research: Information compiled by Colorado’s Library Research Service which includes valuable data on summer library use by children from varying economic backgrounds.