Summer Reading Program Begins June 23
Saturday, June 23 - All locations
The Summer Reading Program is open to Children, Teens and Adults!
Travel the world and beyond this summer by participating in the summer reading programs - all ages. Win prizes for reading, review books and be sure to attend some of the fun summer events at the library.
Adults of all ages
Adults can join in the fun by taking part in their very own library reading program this summer, too! Each participant is automatically registered when they submit their first book review. Participants can read and review print books, downloadable materials and audiobooks.Submit online review form or pick up printed form at Reference Desk.
A Grand Prize drawing ticket will be entered for each review submitted. After submission of three (3) reviews, participants will be awarded a paperback book.
All adult program participants will be welcomed to join fellow readers for an end of the summer wrap-up reception with refreshments and prize drawings at the Central Library on Thursday,
Thursday, August 9, 2-4pm, Central Library
Teens in 7th-12th grades
Reading brings rewards in our Teen Summer Reading Program. Get a goody bag just for signing up! For every book read, participants have the opportunity to write a review and enter the weekly prize drawing.
Participants can read print books, downloadable materials and audiobooks. The more books read and reviewed the more chances teens have to win great prizes like gift cards to local shops, restaurants, movie theaters, and book stores. Submit an online review of the books you read or pick up a paper review form from the Reference Desk. All entries in the weekly prize drawing also go into the Grand Prize Drawing at the end of the Program.
After submission of their first three (3) reviews, participants win a new paperback book of their choice.
Children ages 0-12
The Children’s Summer Reading Program will run from Saturday, June 23 to Saturday, August 11. Special programs featuring this year’s theme of “Reading Takes You Everywhere”are listed below.
Join the club by picking up a Summer Reading Program game sheet at any Newport Beach Public Library location to keep track of reading. On the game sheet, the reader will select one side to complete: either the Reading Club, for independent readers, or the Read-to-Me Club, for those reading with help. The Reading Club awards a special prize to readers after every five 20-minute sessions of reading. The Read-to-Me Club awards prizes to young readers after every five early literacy activities completed. Once the entire game sheet is completed, the independent and young readers will win a new book and be entered into the Grand Prize drawing. As a bonus, all children can enter weekly drawings at their local branch by writing and/or illustrating book reviews!
Younger children can enjoy participating in the Summer Reading Program by listening to stories and completing early literacy activities, while independent readers can practice their reading skills and develop a love of literature all on their own. Participants can read print books, downloadable materials and audiobooks. Children are not limited to reading library materials, and are strongly encouraged to read what they love (books, graphic novels, etc.), track their own reading progress, and reap the benefits of an instilled love of reading with the encouragement and support of parents and library staff.
Upon completion of the program, children are encouraged to keep reading and enter weekly drawings by filling out book review forms.
Summer Reading Program Special Events
Kick Off Event with Kids Imagine Nation
Party with Kids Imagine Nation at this interactive musical show for the entire family. Don’t forget to pick up your Summer Reading game sheet and start your reading adventure. Bon voyage!
- Saturday, June 23, 11 a.m., Central Library Friends Room
Billy Bonkers Magic
Go bonkers with Billy Bonkers’ Magic show! Billy’s silly magic presentation will delight children of all ages.
- Monday, June 25, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m., Crean Mariners Branch Library
- Tuesday, June 26, 10 a.m. & 12 p.m., Central Library
- Thursday, June 28, 11 a.m., Balboa Branch Library
Let's Go to Asia Crafts
Explore the continent of Asia through a variety of crafts. There will be activities for every skill level, so the whole family can enjoy making crafts.
- Monday, July 2, 2 p.m., Crean Mariners Branch Library
- Tuesday, July 3, 10 a.m., Central Library
- Thursday, July 5, 11a.m., Balboa Branch Library
Polynesian Paradise Dancers
Feel the rhythm of Hawai’i and the Polynesian islands as you experience island culture through dance. All ages will enjoy watching the dancers perform in their gorgeous costumes. Families can also participate in a hula lesson, using dance to create a story of Hawai’i’s history and tropical landscape.
- Monday, July 9, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m., Crean Mariners Branch Library
- Tuesday, July 10, 10 a.m. & 12 p.m., Central Library
- Thursday, July 12, 11 a.m., Balboa Branch Library
Let's Go Africa Crafts
Explore various regions and tribes of the continent of Africa through a variety of crafts. There will be activities for every skill level, so children of all ages will enjoy the crafts.
- Monday, July 16, 2 p.m., Crean Mariners Branch Library
- Tuesday, July 17, 10 a.m., Central Library
- Thursday, July 19, 11 a.m., Balboa Branch Library
Flights of Fantasy Story Theatre
Watch “From the Page to the Stage,” folktales from around the world come to life with memorable characters, props, and costumes. This unique interactive storytelling experience captivates all ages, so bring the whole family!
- Monday, July 23, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m., Crean Mariners Branch Library
- Tuesday, July 24, 10 a.m. & 12 p.m., Central Library
- Thursday, July 26, 11 a.m., Balboa Branch Library
Let's go to South America Crafts
Explore the continent of South America through a variety of crafts. There will be activities for every skill level in this artistic program.
- Monday, July 30, 2 p.m., Crean Mariners Branch Library
- Tuesday, July 31, 10 a.m., Central Library
- Thursday, August 2, 11 a.m., Balboa Branch Library
The Ocean Adventure
Visit the home of Nemo the fish...Australia’s Great Barrier Reef! Join Wayne and Karen Brown, naturalists and award-winning underwater photographers, as they share the wonders of their Australian expeditions through videos, storytelling, and life-sized props.
- Monday, August 6, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m., Crean Mariners Branch Library
- Tuesday, August 7, 10 a.m. & 12 p.m., Central Library
- Thursday, August 9, 11 a.m., Balboa Branch Library
Pacific Animal Productions & SRP Finishers’ Party
Join us for a live animal show and finishers’ party at the Central Library. Pacific Animal Productions will take you on one last adventure as we meet animals from around the world! Summer Reading participants from every branch are invited to attend, and all finishers from every branch will be honored. Afterward, share a special treat with us in the Bamboo Courtyard to celebrate your accomplishments!
- Saturday, August 11, 11 a.m., Central Library
Summer Reading Program Ends Saturday, August 11
NOTE: Children’s events are free and registration is not required. Seating is first-come, first-served, limited by room capacity. Children must be accompanied by an adult.