Children’s and Tween’s Summer Reading 2019

The goal of the program is to get children reading! Each week, keep track of the amount of time your child reads (or is read to) on the reading log. Each child will receive one Reading Log to use throughout  the eight weeks of summer reading. Each participant will  keep track of time read each day by writing the amount of time read in the corresponding box on the calendar.

Once a week, or as you are able, bring your Reading Log to the Children’s Desk to check-in. At check-in we will tally your time read, hand out prizes and stamp your log in the box for that day.

Each week will begin on Monday and run through the follow­ing Sunday. Children may check in anytime during the week to turn in their Reading Log. However, participants will only receive one prize per week.

Registration

Parents and caregivers must register their children in person at the Children’s Desk. All information is kept confidential and for record-keeping purposes only. You may also register online with the link below.

Reading Log

You will be able to recieve a copy of the reading log by visiting the Children’s desk or you may download and print it off below.

Children's Summer Read Log

Click here to download the Summer Reading Log.

Prizes!

The Library will be giving out a number of incentives ranging from pencils to putty to stuffed animals to reward young readers for a job well done. Additionally, for every 3 stamps collected, you can choose a special bonus prize! For every 20 hours of reading time recorded, you can get a free book!

Programs

We have a very busy summer planned! Attached you will find a calendar for June, July, and August. Due to program popularity, seating is limited and not guaranteed. Please also note that some special programs require tickets to attend. Tickets are free and will be handed out a few days before the program.

Monday Movie Madness

     Every Monday - 5PM

All summer long, children and families can enjoy our “out-of-this-world” collection of space-tacular movies on the library’s gigantic projector screen!

Tween Yoga

     Wednesdays starting 7/3 - 11:15AM

In this six-week instructional series, tweens will learn yoga poses, meditation techniques, and breathing exercises. Yoga and meditation are a terrific way to relieve stress and increase focus and concentration. Online registration required.

Afternoon Adventures

Grades K-1, every Wednesday 4:30PM

Maker Minds

Grades 2-3, every Thursday 4:30PM

These weekly early elementary classes combine imaginative and informative stories with creative crafts and engaging activities chosen to strengthen late childhood social, mental, and fine motor development.

Mini Makers

     Every Thursday - 11:30AM

In this interactive workshop, super preschoolers engage their imagination and develop important motor and spatial skills by making a simple craft!

Fun Festival

     Saturday 7/13 - 11AM

Celebrate the library’s 50th birthday with our biggest and best Family Fun Festival ever! Brand new games, better prizes, bouncier attractions, and bigger tween competitions will be waiting alongside a host of South Brunswick businesses and organizations!

Sciencetellers

     Friday 7/19 - 4PM

Get ready for an explosively good time! With the help of audience volunteers, Sciencetellers conducts science experiments to bring a rockin’ good story to life!

Laser Tag for Tweens

     Friday, 8/2 - 3PM

Tweens will experience a fun game of competitive laser tag for free at the library featuring lasers, blinds, and blocks!

Snakes-n-Scales

     Saturday 8/3 - 11AM

Snakes-n-Scales and Turtle Tales will be here with an out-of-this-world Rainforest Adventure starring the enigmatic jungle turtle, anaconda, a large jungle lizard, and more!

National Night Out

     Tuesday 8/6 - 6PM

Come out to see us at Rowland Park for South Brunswick’s 35th Annual National Night Out Against Crime. So bring your friends and family for the rides, games, and of course, amazing prizes! Make sure to work up an appetite because free hot dogs, soda, chips, ice cream, and popcorn will be available. Police, firefighters and rescue squad members will also be present with displays so you can learn more about what they do.

FAQ

Questions about the Summer Reading Program?

You can sign up in person at the children's desk (walk into the South Brunswick Library and make a right) or online at the top of this page.

The first day is June 24th 2019, and the last day to bring in your log is August 18, 2019

Nope! We will be accepting sign-ups up until the very last day.

We accept children from birth to 7th grade that are part of an SBPL cardholding family.

No, you can come any day of the week (it doesn't have to be at the end of the week either), our volunteers will count your hours since your last stamp.

Yes! Our volunteers will always count all your reading from the beginning or from the last stamp so you'll never lose progress.

YES! We count ALL reading, and that includes listening to books via storytelling or audiobooks.

No, prizes and stamps are only given out once a week only when you check in.

No, any reading done at home or away from the library can count towards your log.

Any books count towards summer reading (they don't even have to be library books!)

They can win up to 4 free books per summer if they read the 80 hours required.

There is no minimum! We recommend 20 minutes a day, but it isn't required to participate in the program.

We know summer is a busy time, all we ask is that you put in the time spent reading (you can round it up to the nearest 15 minutes).

We give out two bingo sheets per child, as a bonus prize opportunity and for fun activities.

Questions about the Summer Reading Events?

Some programs do require pre-registration or tickets, but they will are marked as such on the calendar and online. For our regular events you can just walk in. We recommend arriving 5 minutes early because it is first come first seated.

No, our programs are always 100% free and open to South Brunswick Cardholding families.

Tickets are given out beginning Monday of the week the event takes place.

You can register online via the Events Calendar on sbpl.info, or through the children's desk.

We count each child's grade as the one they will start in September. For example, if a program specifies it's open from grades 2-3, if you child is entering 2nd grade in the fall, they are eligible.