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Summer Reading Program Begins June 24

Saturday, June 24 - All locations

Sign up kids through 6th grade in the library’s Summer Reading Program, where they can spend time reading, enjoying shows and crafts and earning prizes. Check out the weekly fun events at each NBPL branch! There are also Summer Reading Programs for teens and adults, just ask a librarian for details.


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Brother Yusef Sings the Blues

Start the summer making music -  singing, dancing and instrument playing with blues guitarist Brother Yusef.

  • Saturday, June 24, 10:30 a.m., Central Library Friends Room


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It’s an Illusion

This magic show will entertain audiences of all ages with live doves and rabbits, lots of audience participation, sleight-of-hand, levitation, and comedy!

  • Monday, June 26, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m., Crean Mariners Branch Library
  • Tuesday, June 27, 10 a.m. & 12 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
  • Thursday, June 29, 11 a.m., Balboa Branch Library
  • Thursday, June 29, 3 p.m., Corona del Mar Branch Library


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Build a City

Calling all aspiring engineers! Let’s build structures from marshmallows, pasta, and boxes; and roads from paper and cardboard to race cars through our city!

  • Monday, July 3, 2 p.m., Crean Mariners Branch Library
  • Thursday, July 6, 11 a.m., Balboa Branch Library
  • Thursday, July 6, 3 p.m., Corona del Mar Branch Library
  • Saturday, July 8, 11 a.m., Central Library


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Mad Science

Welcome, all mad scientists! Spark your child’s innovation and STEM creativity in this highly interactive show packed with fascinating science demonstrations.

  • Monday, July 10, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m., Crean Mariners Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 11,  10 a.m. & 12 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
  • Thursday, July 13, 11 a.m., Balboa Branch Library


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Plant a Seed

Start a little garden, decorate a pot and plant a seed.

  • Thursday, July 13, 3 p.m., Corona del Mar Branch 


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YAAC Science Fair

Join the library’s very own Young Adult Advisory Council (YAAC) as they present fun science experiments for kids.

  • Monday, July 17, 2 p.m., Crean Mariners Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 18, 10 a.m., Central Library Friends Room
  • Thursday, July 20, 11 a.m., Balboa Branch Library
  • Thursday, July 20, 3 p.m., Corona del Mar Branch Library


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Pacific Animal Productions

Animals are the building blocks of our natural world. Learn how animals hunt, forage, grow their families, and make their homes. See live animals in the library!

  • Monday, July 24, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m., Crean Mariners Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 25, 10 a.m. & 12 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
  • Thursday, July 27, 11 a.m., Balboa Branch Library
  • Thursday, July 27, 3 p.m., Corona del Mar Branch Library


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Art by Design

3D paper crafting! Paper is flat but we can use it to make projects with height, width, and depth…3D! Come fold and glue some fabulous creations in this artistic program.

  • Monday, July 31, 2 p.m., Crean Mariners Branch Library
  • Tuesday, August 1, 10 a.m., Central Library Friends Room
  • Thursday, August 3, 11 a.m., Balboa Branch Library
  • Thursday, August 3, 3 p.m., Corona del Mar Branch Library


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Swazzle Puppet Party

Swazzle Puppets presents “Ricky Raccoon and the Green Rangers.” Ricky Raccoon, on a quest to help an ill California condor, enlists the help of animal friends and members of the audience, a.k.a, the Green Rangers, to save the day!

  • Monday, August  7, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m., Crean Mariners Branch Library
  • Tuesday, August 8, 10 a.m. & 12 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
  • Thursday, August 10, 11 a.m., Balboa Branch Library
  • Thursday, August 10, 3 p.m., Corona del Mar Branch Library


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Cowboy Ken brings to life the Old West art of trick roping, cowboy songs, pioneer stories, and lots of opportunities for his “partners”  to join in the fun!

  • Saturday, August 12, 2 p.m., Crean Mariners Branch Library


Summer Reading Program Ends Saturday, August 12

Be sure to submit your reading game sheets or review forms to be entered in final drawings.

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.