SUMMIT, NJ - While the actual doors to the Summit Free Public Library remain closed, the Library's Summer Reading Program is set to open, with kids, teens, and adults able to participate in a Zoom kick-off event June 13 at 2 p.m. featuring beloved children’s librarian Jeslyn Wheeless. The summer program, which officially begins June 15, features a theme of 'Imagine Your Story', features activities and programs focused on fairytales as well as opportunities for teens to stretch their own creative writing muscles and write their own stories based on a weekly writing prompt.
The library’s Summer Reading Program for Kids is for children entering Kindergarten through fifth grade. From Monday through Thursday, there will be a different theme or activity, including a 'Graphic Novel Book Club' open to kids entering grades 3-5. The first 'Graphic Novel Book Club' meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 24th and the group will discuss Hex Vet: Witches in Training by Sam Davies. The book is digitally-accessible through the Summit Library’s subscription to Hoopla.
Teens can stay busy this summer with an array of activities that will engage their imaginations and offer some friendly competition with online video gaming fun and trivia. The 'Teen Writers Club' will provide a story prompt every Monday, and teens can write a short story and submit it to the library at email@example.com. The library will create a zine featuring the submitted work at the end of the summer. Wednesdays at 5 p.m. is 'Virtual CATSS' -- an opportunity to play video games with friends, create some cool crafts, or compete in a friendly online trivia game with Kahoot! Every Friday at 5 p.m. Kahoot! will make another appearance as teens compete against friends for bragging rights for the title of 'Kahoot King or Queen'.
Everyone, including adults and parents of babies and toddlers, can sign up to participate in the Library's Summer Reading Program -- the more one reads, the more opportunities they will have to earn prizes or raffle tickets to win prizes along the way. Caregivers and parents of babies and toddlers, kids, teens, and adults are all invited to sign up and track their reading using the ReadSquared app. To sign-up, visit summitlibrary.readsquared.com.
Registration for many of the Summer Reading Program activities is required. All activities and programs are free of charge and open to individuals from the greater Summit area, not just Summit residents. To reserve a spot, visit the Events tab at summitlibrary.org or call the Library Monday - Friday, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., at 908-273-0350, option 3.