EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) kicks off its annual summer reading program.

Joining libraries throughout the country, the theme of this year’s summer reading program is “Build A Better World.” This theme encourages not only community engagement, but learning and using technology to create things.

There are several different activities for children this summer. A special reading challenge has been created for kids entering grades 1-6, encouraging them to read for at least twenty minutes a day throughout the summer. Once the challenge is complete, children will receive a book as a prize and will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Barnes and Noble gift card.

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Tweens (entering grades 7-8) have a different reading challenge. After reading seven books and submitting four book reviews, they will have a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

Events for children include a juggling and balancing performance with Jester Jim on June 26 and a pet parade on June 29. All children can also complete a game board by completing challenges over the summer. Anyone who completes a game board will receive a prize from the library.

The library is also launching it’s “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” story time initiative. This is part of a nationwide effort to promote reading to children ages 0-4. The library holds a kickoff event on June 23.

Teens are eligible to receive a prize for every five books they read. Additional prizes will be given throughout the summer. The featured activity for teens is the Social Justice Club, which meets biweekly starting June 30. Participants will discuss topics such as gender, race and education. Other programs focus on technology, including the Google CS First Code Club and Girls Can Code group.

Adults can win prizes by completing a bingo card of library-related activities. Completed cards are to be submitted to the reference desk and then entered into several prize drawings throughout the summer. As part of the program, the library is hosting a two-part “Reading to Action” program with a  book discussion of Bill Nye’s “Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World” on July 26, followed by a park clean up on July 29. Other activities include a volunteer fair on June 29 and a bee-keeping program on August 2.

All of East Brunswick Public Library’s summer reading programs are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.ebpl.org. Programs are sponsored by the Friends of the East Brunswick Library.