Summer Reading Program Begins June 22
Saturday, June 22 - 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
Newport Beach Public Library set the stage for a summer of great reading with a special program featuring local author Kim Hooper on Saturday, June 22. Hooper will be introducing her newly released novel "Tiny."
The Dana Point author, who received a B.A. in communications from the University of California, San Diego and a master’s degree in professional writing from the University of Southern California, is the author of “People who Knew Me”, hailed as "refreshingly raw and honest" by The Wall Street Journal, and “Cherry Blossoms”, described as "fresh and inviting" by Publishers Weekly.
The event will kick off Newport Beach Public Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program, which begins June 22 and goes through August 10. The program encourages adults to read and share book reviews with fellow book lovers throughout the summer.
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, August 8.
Thursday, August 8, 2-4pm, Central Library
Teens in 7th-12th grades
It's Showtime at Your Library. Take a bow Summer Readers! 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 22 to Saturday, August 10. Special programs featuring this year’s theme of “It's Showtime at Your Library!”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
Lights, Camera, Animals! Pacific Animal Productions
It’s showtime! Come with us on a learning safari as local trainers show us animals from around the world. Also, remember to pick up your Summer Reading game sheet and start your reading extravaganza!
- Tuesday, June 25, Central Library Friends Room, 11am
- Thursday, June 27, Balboa Branch Library, 11am
- Thursday, June 27, Central Library Friends Room, 2pm
- Saturday, June 29, Crean Mariners Branch Library Jorgensen Room, 10am and 12pm
Let’s Go to the Movies Crafts
Lights, camera, action! Let’s make crafts inspired by the silver screen. Join in and celebrate the fun and excitement of the movies.
- Tuesday, July 2, Central Library Friends Room, 11am
- Friday, July 5, Balboa Branch Library, 11am
- Saturday, July 6, Crean Mariners Branch, 10am
Magician David Skale
Join us for David Skale’s “Show Me the Bunny!” This fantastic show features silly comedy, lots of audience participation, tons of magic, and…a bunny!
- Tuesday, July 9, Central Library Friends Room, 11am
- Thursday, July 11, Balboa Branch Library, 11am
- Thursday, July 11, Central Library Friends Room, 2pm
- Saturday, July 13, Crean Mariners Branch Library Jorgensen Room, 10am and 12pm
It’s Showtime at Your Library Crafts
Have you ever dreamed of being a star? Come and pretend as we make crafts for the stage and screen.
- Tuesday, July 16, Central Library Friends Room, 11am
- Thursday, July 18, Balboa Branch Library, 11am
- Saturday, July 20, Crean Mariners Branch Library Jorgensen Room, 10am
Percussive Storyteller Cory Hills
Cory Hills will entertain with his unique blend of percussion instruments and storytelling. The audience will even help Cory construct and compose stories to perform during the show!
- Tuesday, July 23, Central Library Friends Room, 11am
- Thursday, July 25, Balboa Branch Library, 11am
- Thursday, July 25, Corona del Mar Library, 2pm
- Saturday, July 27, Crean Mariners Branch Library Jorgensen Room, 10am and 12pm
Under the Big Top Crafts
Come one, come all! Ringleaders of all ages are invited to a good time creating circus-inspired crafts. Clowning around is encouraged!
- Tuesday, July 30, Central Library Friends Room, 11am
- Thursday, August 1, Balboa Branch Library, 11am
- Thursday, August 1, Corona del Mar Library, 2pm
- Saturday, August 3, Crean Mariners Branch Library Jorgensen Room, 10am
Kids Imagine Nation
Finish off the summer with this show-stopper! Party with Kids Imagine Nation at a fun, interactive musical show for the entire family.
- Tuesday, August 6, Central Library Friends Room, 11am
- Thursday, August 8, Balboa Branch Library, 11am
- Thursday, August 8, Corona del Mar Library, 2pm
- Saturday, August 10, Crean Mariners Branch Library Jorgensen Room, 10am and 12pm
Summer Reading Program Ends Saturday, August 10
Finisher’s Party Saturday, August 10
This is the last day to collect prizes earned in the “It’s Showtime at Your Library” program at your local branch.
Join us for a Kids Imagine Nation rockin’ concert and finishers’ party at Mariners Branch. Between shows, from 11a.m. -12 p.m., share a special treat with us on the patio to celebrate your reading accomplishments! Summer Reading participants from every branch are invited to attend, and all finishers from every branch will be honored.
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.