BERNARDSVILLE, NJ — The Bernardsville Library is offering a diverse lineup of programs this summer, with a new spin on the traditional program to include online read logs, award-winning virtual programming and even contactless prize pick-up.

The online Summer Reading Program launched on Monday, July 6 using READsquared, an online application that makes it easy to log reading electronically.  The link to register for Summer Reading is http://bernardsvillelibrary.readsquared.com.  It can be accessed from the Library website at www.bernardsvillelibrary.org; another option is to download the READsquared app to a smart phone to make tracking reading even more convenient.

There are reading logs and prizes for preschool, children, teens and adults. Simply choose an age range and log minutes or books read depending on the program.  As you log your reading, you will earn virtual badges and real prizes. Prizes can be claimed starting in August. Grand prize drawings will take place in early September.

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The library has teamed up with Page Turner Adventures to offer professionally produced virtual programs daily throughout the summer. Page Turner Adventures features Emmy Award-winning storytellers and is available online only to member libraries and our patrons. Programming includes comedy story theater, crafts, cooking and recipes, author interviews, guest performers, contests, games, and much more. There are more than 50 programs that patrons can access from the safety and comfort of their own homes.

New content will be available daily and will be archived so it can be watched any time during the summer.

Mondays releases are Virtual Comedy Story Theater shows featuring original scripts and award-winning storytellers. Tuesdays are project days featuring crafts, games, recipes, science experiments, and activities that go along with that week’s theme. Wednesday programs are dedicated to authors and illustrators featuring interviews and activities with some amazing authors and illustrators. In addition to the interview, there are read-alongs, activities, trivia games and book giveaways.  

Some featured authors include Chris Grabenstein, Shutta Crum, Lori Haskins Houran, Teresa Robeson and Donna Gephart.  Thursdays will focus on tweens with crafts and activities geared toward upper elementary and middle school kids.  Friday releases are a bonus show with another amazing performer!  These include Ringling Clowns, world-renowned magicians, Grammy-winning singers, ventriloquists, puppeteers, and pirates.  There are also “visits” to exciting places like zoos, science museums, and the International Clown Hall of Fame. All programs are approximately 30 minutes long except Mondays which run between 45 and 60 minutes.

Each week focuses on a theme. The dates and themes for the entire summer are:

Week #3 (July 13): Imagine Your Science Story

Week #4 (July 20): Imagine Your Adventure Story

Week #5 (July 27): Imagine Your Musical Story

Week #6 (August 3): Imagine Your Cooking Story

Week #7 (August 10): Imagine Your Underwater Story

Week #8 (August 17): Imagine Your Circus Story

Week #9 (August 24th): Imagine Your Theater Story

Week #10 (August 31st): Imagine Your Pirate Story

Virtual summer programs can be accessed by joining the Library’s private Summer Reading Facebook page.  Log onto Facebook and go to the Bernardsville Library page.  Then go to the Groups tab to the left of the page.  Click to request to join the Bernardsville Library Summer Reading Group.  Once you have been accepted, you can watch all of the exclusive online content.  Descriptions of weekly themes and programs will be posted on the Library website and on social media.