The Nutley Public Library invites children and teenagers to blast off on an exciting summer of reading when registration for the 2019 Summer Reading Program begins on June 3 at nutleypubliclibrary.beanstack.org.

Children and teens from babies to students entering grade 12 can register for the program throughout the month of June, with the official kick-off for the Summer Reading Program taking place on Thursday, June 27, at 2:00 pm. Open to all ages, the Kick-Off Party will feature an outdoor dance party DJed by Ultimate Entertainment, Rita’s Water Ice and games. All activities offered at the Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Party are sponsored by Spencer Savings Bank of Nutley.

The Summer Reading Program will officially end on August 15 with a live animal show presented by Rizzo’s Reptile Discovery and the announcement of the big prize winners. 

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The 2019 Summer Reading Program is a nationally recognized program in which libraries across the country collaborate on a theme to combat “summer slide” and make summer reading challenging and fun. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, this year’s theme is A Universe of Stories and will highlight topics of science, technology, and all things outer space.

Nutley Public Library’s Summer Reading Program gives students an opportunity to stay connected to reading over the summer in a way that is fun and rewarding. Babies, children, and teens can earn small prizes each week as they reach their activity or reading milestones. In addition to the small prizes, for every few activities completed or books read, a raffle ticket will be earned. Each raffle ticket can then be entered into a drawing to win big prizes, which will be announced at the end of the summer. The more activities completed or books read, the more raffle tickets earned, and the greater the chances of winning a big prize. Some of this year’s big prizes include a Nintendo Switch gaming system, a beginner’s telescope, a Crosely turntable, gift cards, book bundles, and a family membership to Turtle Back Zoo.

In addition to weekly prize giveaways, the Youth Services department will also be offering a variety of workshops and activities throughout the summer that highlight the interstellar theme, including space-related story times, live performances, science workshops, animal visits, DIY craft events, family nights and more. 

For dates, program registrations and more info, please visit the Youth Service’s website at youthservices.nutleypubliclibrary.org or call the Children's Room at 973-667-0405 ext. 2623.