Summer Reading Program 2017
Teens between the ages of 11-18 can participate by attending programs, volunteering at the library, and/or logging the time they spend reading. To begin, teens must sign up and fill out an activity log. Participants can then stop by the library each week to record their progress and pick up a prize. Don’t have time to stop by? No worries, you can log your progress online!
Each book read will earn you a raffle ticket that can be used to win epic prizes at our End-of-Summer-Ready Party! Attending programs and logging volunteer hours will also earn you tickets.
Summer Reading Programs & Activities
Summer Reading Kick-Off Party, Tuesday, June 27th @ 2PM
Join us for a screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Enjoy games and pizza, sip butterbeer and try your luck at a round of Bean Boozled! Learn about upcoming summer programs and volunteer opportunities. Bring friends and make new ones!
Tuesday Films, Tuesdays, July 11th - August 8th @ 2PM
July 11: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
July 18: Suicide Squad
July 25: Princess Mononoke
August 1: The Maze Runner
August 8: Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice
Game On, Wednesdays, July 5th - August 2nd @ 2PM
Video games, board games, card games...we have them all! Jump in for a round of Super Smash Brothers, or try your hand at an old school game of Battleship. Help us break-in our brand new Nintendo Switch! All ability levels are welcome!
Chess Club, Tuesday, July 18th & August 1st, 4:30 PM
Here’s a fun and simple way to volunteer AND have fun! Come teach our younger library users how to play chess and gain confidence. Players aged 8 to 18 welcome. Volunteers aged 12 to 18 encouraged! Fill out this form to register as a volunteer.
**Registration is required for the following special events:
Pizza Tasting Contest, Thursday, July 6th, 2PM
Who makes the best slice in town? You be the judge! Join us as we sample pizza from several local pizzerias and vote on which we like best. Come hungry! To register, click here.
Minute-to-Win-It Challenge, Thursday, July 13th, 2PM
Compete in a series of one minute challenges based on the popular TV show. Work in small groups to see if you can complete them all! Prizes will be awarded.To register, click here.
DIY Bath Bombs & Sugar Scrubs, Thursday, July 20th, 2PM
Make your very own bath bombs and sugar scrubs. Keep them for yourself or give them away as a fantastic gift! Supplies provided by the library. Take what you make! To register, click here.
Murder Mystery Lock-In, Thursday, July 27th, 7-9PM
Solve the mystery and save the evening (and your fellow teens) from utter ruin! This is an after-hours event. Permission slip required. To register, click here. To fill out the permission slip, click here.
End-of-Summer Reading Party, Wednesday, August 9th, 2PM
It’s time to celebrate all you’ve accomplished this summer! All those who enrolled and participated in the Teen Summer Reading Program are encouraged to join us for an afternoon of fun, games, snacks, and much more! To register, click here.
The Teen & Young Adult Department of the library works to provide a variety of materials, from books to graphic novels and downloadable audiobooks, available to our community. There are both regular monthly events and special events held each month at the library or within the attached Community Center. During the summer, the library organizes a summer reading program to help protect students from the "summer slide" and to give them a safe environment in which to meet.
Reach out to the librarian with any questions or concerns about the YA program!
High school and middle school students are encouraged to get in touch with the librarian to learn more about volunteer opportunities. There are both regularly scheduled events and special events that often need help with set-up, running, and clean-up. There are also opportunities for individual helping at the library and at-home projects.
Interested students may bring this interest form to the library to start their volunteering, or may reach out directly to Maddy concerning events.
If the library does not have a book that you are looking for or you know of an upcoming release that you'd like the library to buy, let us know! Fill out the form online and the librarian will see your suggestion immediately.
Any book not selected for purchase can be requested through the library's interlibrary loan system at no charge!
The library hosts Chess Club on every-other Tuesday (3:30-5:30PM) of every month. Both experienced and learning players are welcome--older teens are welcome to come as volunteers and assist new players. To sign up as a volunteer, fill out this form.
The Open Gaming Club meets every-other Thursday (4:00-9:00PM) at the Community Center to play board games, deck-building games and trading card games. It's the perfect place to learn a new game or share an old favorite.
The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) meets on the second Monday (7:00-8:30PM) of every month. Share ideas and talk about ways to improve the Teen Zone. Help plan programs, select new materials, and earn community service hours, just for showing up. Bring your friends and make new ones.
We will be hosting an SAT Practice Test on Tuesday, July 11th from 10:30AM to 2:00PM. The test will be proctored by C2 Education of Westfield. Participants are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to the test and bring two #2 pencils and a calculator. Registration is limited. To register, click here.
Every month there are other special events for teens- movies, snacks, and occasional crafts- which can be found on the library's calendar.
When schools have longer breaks, keep an eye out for extra programming; every summer, expect a Summer Reading Program!
A complete listing of resources is available here. What follows is an abridged list geared toward our middle-school and high-school students.
eLibraryNJ: Ebooks and e-audiobooks available for download to card holders.
EbscoHost: A collection of research databases for literature, current events, science, history, and biographies.
Facts on File: Includes extensive history databases, as well as Science Online, Health Reference Center, and Bloom’s Literary Reference Online.
Gale Virtual Reference Library: Downloadable resources for all subjects, including history, biography, arts, travel, and religion.
JerseyClicks: Databases for research provided by the State Library of NJ, including literature, legal information, and a Points of View Reference Center.
World Book Online: Online encyclopedia.