Summer Reading Programs are in Full Swing at the Library

This year’s theme for Adults is Exercise Your Mind and events scheduled during July as well as an activity-based program reflect the theme. There’s no sign up, just a contest form that you can pick up at the library or download from our website.
There are 20 activities to choose from. You can complete any and/or all anytime between June 15 and August 16. Some of the activities include reading different book genres such as biographies, bestsellers or a book made into a movie. You can also, check out an exercise DVD, a documentary or a craft book or download a magazine using Zinio or an ebook or audiobook using Overdrive. Or you can choose to attend a library event this summer. There’s lots to choose from including movies, coloring, story times & kids’ events, Baseball Discussion and Book Groups and special events during July.
For each 5 activities completed, you earn a chance in the Grand Prize Drawings and a ticket for 2 free DVDs. If you complete 10 activities, you earn another chance in the drawings as well as a ticket for $5 fine forgiveness. If you complete all 20, you’ll be entered into a special drawing. Submit your form at the Reference Desk any time before August 16 for your tickets and drawing entries.
Prizes this year include gift cards to Prestige Diner, Coppola’s, Zita’s, IHOP and Acme. The special drawing is a selection of new books from Random House. We’ll be featuring events on Tuesdays and Thursdays in July on the Exercise Your Mind theme. The programming lineup starts on July 12th at 7:30 p.m with Matthew Au who will be speaking about his interest in origami and will be doing a demonstration and if there’s time, teaching a design. Popular NP Recreation instructor Shirley Fee will be joining us on July 14th at 7:30 p.m. to speak about the ideas and philosophy behind the practice of Yoga. Jennifer Luster of Shop Rite in Chatham will be coming on July 19th at 7:30 p.m. to talk about cooking with summer produce and herbs, and she’s bringing samples! Please let us know if you are coming to Jennifer’s talk by calling, emailing or stopping by. Finally, popular NP Recreation Yoga instructor Judy Parenti is coming on July 26th at 7:30 to speak about yoga-inspired healing and wellness. Both yoga instructors will be doing aguided meditation that is suitable for all ages and abilities. Knowledge of yoga is not necessary and we encourage everybody to come and listen to these ladies who are wonderful speakers as well as experts about yoga.
There’s a full lineup of kids’ programs, too that are also activity based. Signup started on June 24 and programs run until August 5, but signing up any time before August 5 is fine.
Preschool kids will complete a list of activities with every 5 earning them a sticker and completion of all activities earning them bubbles. K through 5 kids will be asked to read 35 books or chapters of books. For every 5 books read, kids will earn a sticker and a prize. Reading 35 books earns an entry into a raffle for a T-shirt.
They will also be invited to an End-of-Summer- Reading ice cream party on August 5. There’s a program for teens as well. Every week, whoever reads a book will be entered into a weekly raffle for a $5 Starbucks gift card. At the end of the program, all who read 6 books will be entered into a Grand Prize Drawing for a Starbucks gift set.
There’s a full set of Kids’ Activities this summer, too including Summer Reading Kickoff on 6/27 at 11:15AM with Presley and Melody, Teen Movies every Monday at 2PM, Science tellers on 7/13 at 10:30AM and the Lehigh Valley Zoo along with a Penguin is coming on 7/20 at 2PM.
There’s lots happening this summer @ NPML. Check for final dates and details on the library calendar on our website or grab a Summer Event Calendar at the library. We’d love to see you this summer!
New Providence Memorial Library, 377 Elkwood Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974 908-665-0311 or email us at