MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Public Library kicked off its summer reading program on June 21 with cool ice cream, awesome face painting, and an important message: “Build a Better World.”

In Montville Township’s corner of the world, one organization that is helping build a better world is the Homeless Bus, which feeds New York City’s homeless every Saturday. The library has chosen to be a designated donation center for items to be distributed during the Homeless Bus’ Saturday night runs, and summer reading program participants are encouraged to drop off items from their wish list:

  • Pocket tissues
  • Cough drops
  • Disposable razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Q-tips®
  • Soap
  • Lip balm
  • Bandaids®
  • Sandwich-sized zipper bags

Kids attending the kickoff party could grab an ice cream thanks to Sweet Ice Queen, and have their faces painted.

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Likitha Dasari, who will be attending kindergarten in the fall, said she was interested in reading the Moana book.

Tommy Zimmerman, who just finished sixth grade, said he was interested in reading the Wind in the Willows, the Guardians of Ga’Hoole, and Hazardous Tales.

“He’s Mr. Library,” his mom, Christine, said with a laugh. “He’ll have half the library done by July!”

Tommy was enjoying some ice cream with his sister Nikki and his friend Joseph Hovaniak, who said he was going to enjoy some science and historical fiction. His sister Lia was enjoying ice cream, too.

The kids can come in and enter the amount of minutes they’ve read that week for prizes, said Amy Resnikoff, who is Kids & Families Programs Associate at the library. Prizes are being sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts on Changebridge Road, Gencarelli’s, Howard’s Bagels, McDonald’s, Montville Diner, Red Barn Restaurant and Scoops of Boonton.

Adults can also register for the adult summer reading program, and when they attend any of five summer programs, their name can be entered to win prizes. The first will be a discussion on Edith Wharton on July 20. For details, click: Events Calendar.

Teens can register as well, and summer programs will include learning Chinese calligraphy on July 17, Chinese painting on Jul 31 and games of the Slavic world on July 18. STEAM projects will continue throughout the summer with “food security” on July 12 and “epidemics” on July 26. Participants must pre-register and are encouraged to bring a donation for the Homeless Bus.

The Montville Township Public Library will be closed due to carpet installation July 3 through July 8.

For more information about programs and events, go to: http://www.montvillelibrary.org/.