SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains Public Library invites children, teens, and adults to participate in its annual summer reading program. This year’s theme, Libraries Rock, will allow the community to explore, discover, participate in, and contribute to a variety of programs. Residents of Scotch Plains and Fanwood can sign up online at www.scotlib.org and in-person starting at 9 am on Friday, June 1. Sign-up for children’s and teen events that require registration is typically offered one week in advance. Adult event sign-up can be done any time after June 1 until programs are filled.
Infants and pre-school children can take part by picking up their own copy of the library’s Wee Readers program game board. The game works by children coloring a block whenever the child is read to for 15 minutes, attends a library program or completes an early learning activity. Once they have colored in 5 blocks, they can stop by the library to get a prize. Children who complete their game boards will receive a free book.
Older children entering Kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to sign up for Libraries Rock. After children set their own reading goal, they will be given a reading log to record how many minutes they read. Children can stop by the library up to four times until Friday, August 31 to report their minutes and receive prizes. On the fourth visit, children who have reached their reading goal will get a certificate of completion and a raffle ticket to enter a drawing for one of the prizes sponsored by the Friends of the Scotch Plains Public Library, Scoops, Scotch Plains Parks and Recreation Department, and Branchburg Sports Complex.
Special activities for kids at the library will include Tenafly Nature Center: Rapp’n with Raptors on July 12 at 3:00 p.m., Bach 2 Rock with musician Linda Caryn Rodgers on July 14 at 11:00 a.m., Sciencetellers: Wild West on July 19 at 3:00 p.m., and a pair of Bubble Shows on July 26 at 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. More information can be found at online at www.scotlib.org/sppl/children/.
Teens entering grades 6 through 12 can register for Libraries Rock as well. For every 5 hours of reading, teens will earn a raffle ticket for a chance to win a grand prize. They can earn an extra raffle ticket for every event they attend and for every book review they submit. For every 15 hours of reading, participants will earn an additional prize, as supplies last. Raffle tickets can be claimed online and participants can select which raffles they want to enter online. They must be submitted by Friday, August 31. Raffle tickets will be drawn on Tuesday, September 4. Special teen activities will include a Super Smash Bros. tournament, a Harry Potter Escape Room, a Music Trivia and Pizza Night, as well as weekly crafts like making slime, rock candy, and tie-dye t-shirts. More information can be found at www.scotlib.org/sppl/teens/.
Of course, there will also be plenty of fun for adults and families. They will have the opportunity to take part in The Great American Read, learn about fluorescent minerals and gourmet salt, gain insight into Bruce Springsteen & His Layered Lyrics, use telescopes to view the night sky, put their music knowledge to the test with a fun Trivia Night, talk about what they’re reading at Bagels & Books, get artistic when they Make a Mosaic and create Jewelry Projects, and watch Movies You Can Sing Along With and Films with Oscar Worthy Scores.
Scotch Plains and Fanwood cardholders are invited to pick up Great American Reads checklists and an Adult Summer Reading Book Bingo card. After getting Bingo (5 squares across, down, or diagonally), players will be entered in drawing for a prize.
The library’s children, teen, and adult summer reading calendars will be available on the Scotch Plains Public Library website (www.scotlib.org). The summer reading program is free to Scotch Plains and Fanwood resident library cardholders and is funded by the Friends of the Scotch Plains Public Library.