All branches of the Newport Beach Public Library will be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. 
summer reading program for kids


How to Get Started

Register on Beanstack:

  1. Go to or download the Beanstack Tracker app
  2. Follow the prompts to complete registration and sign up for either the Reader’s Club Challenge or Read-to-Me Club Challenge, depending on reading ability.
  3. Start logging minutes and activities to earn digital badges and prizes along the way!

Once you have registered on Beanstack, pick up your free paperback book at any NBPL location!


Book Reviews

Kids can also write or draw book reviews throughout the summer. Each submitted book review will be entered into weekly prize drawings at each NBPL location!

How to get started with Book Reviews:

  1. Pick up and drop off book review forms at any NBPL location or
  2. Submit book reviews online using Beanstack!


Special Events


Children’s Programs
Everyone can participate in craft activities throughout the summer! Each NBPL location will offer crafts and other interactive programs each week. Be sure to check out video instructions on NBPL’s YouTube page!


Opening Day Prize Drawing | June 11, 2022
To kick-off the Children’s Summer Reading Program, join us for an opening day prize drawing for a chance to win a gift card and goodie bag! All participants who sign up on Beanstack on June 11 will be eligible for a prize drawing entry at their preferred library location. 


Under the Stars Crafts | Week of June 20, 2022
Let’s create crafts that celebrate the great outdoors. We’re inspired by camping, stars, and cute critters. Come join us and be a crafty camper!

Central Library – Tuesday, June 21
Balboa Branch Library – Wednesday, June 23
CdM Library – Thursday, June 24
Mariners Branch Library – Saturday, June 25


Stuffed Animal Summer Camp | Week of June 27, 2022
Send your stuffed animal off to Summer Camp and let them have an overnight adventure at the Library! You can follow their activities by checking the library's Instagram Stories for updates throughout the evening @nblibrary. Drop off your fuzzy friends (1 per child) from 9:00am to 3:00pm at your preferred NBPL location. Pick up for the happy campers will be the next day.

Central Library – Tuesday, June 28
Balboa Branch Library – Wednesday, June 29
CdM Library – Thursday, June 30
Mariners Branch Library – Saturday, July 2


Out in the Garden Crafts | Week of July 5, 2022
Plant the seed of curiosity and explore the wonders of gardens through nature inspired crafts. Join us as we dig into different types of gardens, their creatures, both above and below ground, and more!

Central Library – Tuesday, July 5
Balboa Branch Library – Wednesday, July 6
CdM Library – Thursday, July 7
Mariners Branch Library – Saturday, July 9


Summer Seek & Find Challenge | July 11 – 16, 2022
Join us for a Seek and Find challenge of hidden items featuring garden critters, both friend and foe. Beginning July 11 through July 16, children who visit are challenged to search for items you’d find out in the garden or down in the dirt. Find all items and win a small prize! The Summer Seek & Find Challenge will run all week at each NBPL location.


Sailing the Seas Crafts | Week of July 18, 2022
Cruise by NBPL for some ocean-themed crafts. You’ll have a whale of a time!

Central Library – Tuesday, July 19
Balboa Branch Library – Wednesday, July 20
CdM Library – Thursday, July 21
Mariners Branch Library – Saturday, July 23


Kids Imagine Nation
Central Library Civic Center Lawn | July 30, 2022 | 10am
Don’t miss this interactive LIVE musical adventure made for kids! Join us at the Central Library Civic Center Lawn on July 30 as Rachel, Aaron, and Beatz the Robot from Kids Imagine Nation close out our Summer Reading experience with a HIGH ENERGY “Summer of Fun” concert and musical performance.


Check the Children's Calendar for the most up to date information regarding event times and details.

The Summer Reading Program is generously funded by the Friends of the Library.