Summer Reading Fun for All Ages

It’s that time of year again. Summer Reading is here!

We have programs for all ages. All three programs have been created to keep you reading all summer long!

For children ages 0-12:

Make reading a habit this summer with the Children’s Summer Reading Program. Each day we want you to ask yourself, “Did I read today?” If the answer is yes, tick off that day in Beanstack. You decide how much you want to read each day, and all reading counts: listening, being read to, whatever!
For every 10 days of reading you log (consecutive or non-consecutive), come to the Library and pick out a prize from our prize bucket. As you log, you’ll also receive virtual raffle tickets. Use these raffle tickets to enter for a grand prize bag! We’ll notify grand prize winners at the end of the summer. All prizes must be picked up in person.

For teens ages 12-18:

This summer, dive in to a great book! Log the minutes you read to earn badges and virtual raffle tickets.
What can you read? Anything! Just track the time you spend reading (or listening). Tracking your reading time and completing activities earns you virtual raffle tickets, which you can then use to enter for prizes. And yes, you can use your summer reading book for school to earn tickets.
We will have two drawing this summer, one on July 15 and one on August 12. Some of the prizes will change between the two drawings, but you’ll be able to enter for the grand prizes all summer long. Grand prizes will be drawn on August 12.

For adults:

Come play BINGO with us and track your reading progress for a chance to win a $30 gift card to Jabberwocky! Use the online form to view the BINGO card and submit what you’ve read. Each submission will enter you into the raffle (even if you don’t hit BINGO), but you can only submit one book per category.

You can enter your submissions at any point during the Summer Reading challenge. Three lucky winners will each win a $30 gift certificate to Jabberwocky and all winners will be drawn after the conclusion of the program. Participants can win only once. If you have any questions or would like a physical copy of the BINGO card, please speak with a reference librarian on the second floor.

To find out more information about Summer Reading, including access to the online form for the adult summer reading program, please visit the Summer Reading page here on our website.

Come Chat With Us!

The Newburyport Public Library is proud to partner with Newburyport Youth Services to talk about all things parenting!

Join us for two moderated discussions of “Long Days, Short Years: A Cultural History of Modern Parenting,” by Andrew Bomback. We hope to engage in multigenerational discussions about parenting, how it has changed, and what today and tomorrow look like. 

Utilize current literature as a way of exploring parenting ideas and experiences through engaging community conversations! We can learn so much from books, but we learn so much more from each other, and hope this community read will spark some great discussions.

Parents and caregivers will have two opportunities to chat with other members of our community in May. Our first discussion will take place on Monday, May 8th from 6-7:30 PM. The second discussion will take place on Wednesday, May 10th from 6-7:30 PM. Both discussions will take place in our Program Room and no registration will be required.

The Library has groups!

Are you looking to connect with like-minded people over books or art? Ready to read something new or learn about a prolific artist? Then consider our collection of book and art groups!

The Newburyport Public Library is pleased to offer groups that meet monthly, virtually or in person, that cover a variety of interests.

Next Chapter: meets the first Wednesday of the month in person at the Senior Center.

Fiction book group: meets the second Thursday of the month virtually.

Just the Facts – nonfiction book group: meets the last Tuesday of the month virtually.

Circulo de Lectores – Spanish book group: meets every third Tuesday of the month virtually.

Art History Group: meets the second Tuesday of the month in person at the library.

To get more information on when and what time the groups meet, how to access them virtually, or what books/artists are being profiled for the month, check our our event calendar by clicking here.

The Library will be closed Monday, April 15th for Patriot's Day.
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