MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Memorial Library is offering summer reading programs for kids, tweens, and adults this summer with this year's theme "On Your Mark, Get Set... Read!"

The kickoff event is at the main library on Mon., June 27, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a performance by Curriers Magical Mania, featuring a One Man Circus whose feats include juggling, magic, and riding a unicycle.


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For kids, the summer reading program offers activities, reading incentives, and prizes. The full list of programs can be found here, and includes storytimes, crafts, and special workshops. Some events are drop-in, and others require pre-registration which can be completed online here.

At the main library branch (51 Baker St.), "kids can earn a prize or mobile piece for time spent reading or writing. Read anything, anywhere, anytime," according to the Maplewood library website.

Kids can also earn double credit when they attend programs at the library, and quintuple credit for writing or practicing the ABCs. For the first time this year, kids can track their reading online (sign-up for this program is here), as well as by using the traditional book log, which is available at the library.

Prizes are awarded from Mon., June 27 to Fri., Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. from Monday through Friday, and from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. On Mondays and Wednesdays prizes are also given out from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

At the Hilton branch (1688 Springfield Ave.), kids can earn daily prizes for reading in the library, or for attending library programs. Prizes are awarded Monday through Thursday.


For teens, there are two opportunities to read to kids on July 11 and July 25. Pre-registration is required and is available online here.

There is also a Teen Summer Journal program, which encourages writing with twenty writing prompts, sentence starters, personal essays, coloring pages, and different types of word puzzles, according to the Maplewood Library website.

Teens can participate by picking-up a journal from the Main Library or Hilton Branch, and then completing the journal at home. There will be three check-in sessions when students can bring in their journal, spend some time writing, have refreshments, and enter a raffle for a free pizza. Check-in sessions are from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Fri., July 8, Mon., July 18, and Mon., Aug. 16.

Teens who complete 15 of the writing exercises, 3 of the puzzles and all the coloring sheets by August 19 will be eligible to enter the raffle for a Fire HD8 tablet. To enter, teens need to bring a completed journal to the library, show it to the teen librarian (or the reference librarian at the Information Desk), and fill out a raffle ticket at the Main Library from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, and at the Hilton Branch from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The raffle drawing will take place on Fri., Aug. 19 at 4 p.m. and participants do not need to be present to win.


For adults, the library offers summer reading programs that will "exercise your mind." In addition to events, there will also be weekly drawings for a tote bag, and a Grand Prize drawing for a Fire HD 8 tablet. The program runs from June 27 to August 27. Most programs are free and open to the public, and the drawings are for adult resident cardholders. For more information, click here.

For information about the South Orange Public Library summer reading programs, click here.