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Children's Summer Reading Program

Kids from babies to those entering 6th grade can participate in the Children’s Summer Reading Program June 10 to July 29.

How to Participate

Register on Beanstack and keep track of your reading time and activities to earn digital badges and prizes.

On June 10, join the Summer Reading Program: Find Your Voice challenge on Beanstack.

Read on your own or have someone read to you! Earn prizes and enjoy fun weekly crafts and performances at each Newport Beach Public Library location. Once you have registered on Beanstack, pick up your free book (while supplies last)! Game sheets are available to help follow along on Beanstack.


Earn a prize for every 100 minutes read (up to 600 minutes). Read all 600 minutes and be entered into the grand prize drawing for a $50 gift card.

Book Reviews

Earn entries to the weekly prize drawing for a $10 gift card by writing book reviews. Submit book reviews in person or on Beanstack!

Special Events


OPENING DAY | SATURDAY, JUNE 10 Join us at any Newport Beach Public Library location as we kickoff our annual Summer Reading Program with a variety of fun activities all day long. Don’t forget to sign up on Beanstack on June 10 for an entry into the Opening Day Prize Drawing!


WEEK 1 | COMEDIAN JUGGLER Join Michael Rayner for a combination of hilarious tricks and stunts with uproarious stand-up comedy for kids! Michael’s show has been described as “preposterous brilliance” and “wacky jugglement.”

CdM: Monday, 6/12, 3pm | Central: Tuesday, 6/13, 11am 
Balboa: Wednesday, 6/14, 3pm | Mariners: Saturday, 6/17, 11am


WEEK 2 | WRITING ARTS & CRAFTS Find your voice with words! There are so many ways to use words to express our unique selves! Make a journal, create word art, write your name in new and fun ways. Join us to get crafty with words!

CdM: Monday, 6/19, 3pm | Central: Tuesday, 6/20, 11am
Balboa: Wednesday, 6/21, 3pm Mariners: Saturday, 6/24, 11am


WEEK 3 | DRAW ALONG ART Learn to draw with Kyle Tiernan! Participants will follow along and complete three fun illustrations to take home in this engaging art program for children. Supplies provided.

CdM: Monday, 6/26, 3pm Central: Tuesday, 6/27, 11am
Balboa: Wednesday, 6/28, 3pm Mariners: Saturday, 7/1, 11am


WEEK 4 | FAMOUS ARTISTS CRAFTS Visit the library and Find Your Voice Through Art! Join us as we explore creativity with open-ended process art in crafts that will give children the opportunity to express themselves with different art techniques. All supplies provided.

CdM: Monday, 7/3, 3pm | Central: Wednesday, 7/5, 11am 
Wednesday, 7/5, 3pmMariners: Saturday, 7/8, 11am


WEEK 5 | ANIMAL SHOW Meet animals face to face while learning about their importance in nature. Wild Wonders has your passport to adventure with animals from all over the world – including South America, Africa, Australia, Asia, and North America!

CdM: Monday, 7/10, 3pm | Central: Tuesday, 7/11, 11am
Balboa: Wednesday, 7/12, 3pm | Mariners: Saturday, 7/15, 11am


WEEK 6 | MUSIC & MOVEMENT CRAFTS Find your voice with music and movement! Music is a universal language that makes us want to move and dance. Go to your preferred NBPL Branch for some groovy crafts!

CdM: Monday, 7/17, 3pm | Central: Tuesday, 7/18, 11am 
Wednesday, 7/19, 3pm | Mariners: Saturday, 7/22, 11am


WEEK 7 | FAMILY FRIENDLY MUSIC Join us for a fun, family-friendly musical time with The Ben Band! If you’ve ever wondered what a conversation with your fridge would sound like, what your alarm clock does when you’re out of town, or just like funny songs you can dance to, this is the program for you!

CdM: Monday, 7/24, 3pm | Central: Tuesday, 7/25, 11am
Balboa: Wednesday, 7/26, 3pm  | Mariners: Saturday, 7/29, 11am


Summer Reading Program events are generously funded by the Friends of the Library.
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all events.
Space is first come, first seated, and limited by room capacity.
Materials available while supplies last.