New Jersey Libraries Summer Reading Programs for Kids

Posted on: May 28th, 2019 by

 

The 2019 New Jersey statewide summer reading theme is “A Universe of Stories”

 

New Jersey Libraries summer reading programs are a great way to motivate your children of all ages to prevent brain drain! Many local libraries follow the same theme and offer programs all summer long. Theater, live animals, reading challenges and more are all part of the summer reading fun. Keep reading for details but remember to always check our calendar for the latest summer reading program events.

 

Many counties have a county library system, but for those which don’t, please check your individual library for participation.

 

New Jersey Libraries Summer Reading Programs

 

New Jersey Libraries Summer Reading Programs

The summer reading program at the Atlantic County libraries

  • The dates begin June 17, individual libraries may vary.
  • Special events include an instrument event in Egg Harbor City, a film series in Ventnor, and a space helmet craft in Pleasantville.
  • For more check the Atlantic County Library System website.
  • Visit our Atlantic County Library Events page for information about events for kids at these libraries.

 

The summer reading program at the Bergen County libraries

  • The dates begin June 10, individual libraries may vary.
  • Special events include a Field Station Dinosaurs event in Ridgefield Park, kick off party in Hackensack, and Bubblemania in Upper Saddle River.
  • For more check the BCCLS website.
  • Visit our Bergen County Library Events page for information about events for kids at these libraries.

 

The summer reading program at the Burlington County libraries

  • The dates begin June 24, individual libraries may vary.
  • Special events include a magic show in Maple Shade, Turtle Dance Music at multiple branches, and Swedes in Space at the county library.
  • For more check the Burlington County Library System website.
  • Visit our Burlington County Library Events page for information about events for kids at these libraries.

 

n reading a star wars comic book

Enjoying a Star Wars Comic Book

 

The summer reading program at the Camden County libraries

  • Sign ups begin June 17, individual libraries vary.
  • Special events include a party with Dr. Thunder at Ferry Avenue, Sciencetellers at South County, and Family Magic Show in Haddon Township.
  • For more check the Camden County Library System website
  • Visit our Camden County Library Events page for information about events for kids at these libraries.

 

The summer reading program at the Cape May County libraries

  • Registration begins June 24, individual libraries may vary.
  • Special events include Sciencetellers, Musical Fun with Mr. Jon and the Traveling Lantern Theater Company at multiple locations.
  • For more check the Cape May County Library website
  • Visit our Cape May County Library Events page for information about events for kids at these libraries.

 

The summer reading program at the Cumberland County libraries

 

The summer reading program at the Essex County libraries

  • Programs begin as early as June 10, individual libraries vary.
  • Special events include Sound Explorers in Roseland, kick off party in Belleville, and a Space Scavenger Hunt in Glen Ridge.
  • Visit our Essex County Library Events page for information about events for kids at these libraries.
  • For more check the individual library websites.

 

 

The summer reading program at the Gloucester County libraries

  • Sign ups begin June 22.
  • Special events include Two of a Kind in Swedesboro, Kick off party and magic show in Glassboro and Logan Township
  • For more check the Gloucester County Library system website
  • Visit our Gloucester County Library Events page for information about events for kids at these libraries.

 

The summer reading program at the Hudson County libraries

  • Sign up begins on various dates as there’s no county library system.
  • Special events include many to be announced in Hoboken.
  • For more check the individual library websites.
  • Visit our Hudson County Library Events page for information about events for kids at these libraries

 

The summer reading program at the Hunterdon County libraries

  • Sign up begins on June 18.
  • Special events include a Summer Reading Club Kick-Off party featuring Housel Fun and Fitness in Flemington, an author talk in Holland, and a Star Lab in Clinton.
  • For more check the Hunterdon County Library website
  • Visit our Hunterdon County Library Events page for information about events for kids at these libraries.

 

The summer reading program at the Mercer County libraries

  • Signup begins June 24.
  • Special events include a kick off party with magic in Robbinsville, outer space bingo in Hickory Corner, and Mr. Malcolm’s Science Show in Hightstown.
  • For more check the Mercer County Library website
  • Visit our Mercer County Library Events page for information about events for kids at these libraries.

 

The summer reading program at the Middlesex County libraries

  • The start dates vary as there is no county library system.
  • Special events include a kick off party in New Brunswick, Eyes of the Wild in Plainsboro, and First Mime on the Moon in Highland Park.
  • For more check the individual library websites
  • Visit our Middlesex County Library Events page for information about events for kids at these libraries.

 

Library crafts!

 

The summer reading program at the Monmouth County libraries

  • Sign up begins June 1.
  • Special events include a magic show in Allentown, a Star Wars party in West Long Branch, and a family film festival in Howell.
  • For more check the Monmouth County Library website
  • Visit our Monmouth County Library Events page for information about events for kids at these libraries.

 

The summer reading program at the Morris County libraries

  • Registration begins June 22.
  • Special events include Grace the Pirate on July 22, Sciencetellers on July 23 and a kick off Star Wars party on June 22.
  • For more check the Morris County Library website
  • Visit our Morris County Library Events page for information about events for kids at these libraries.

 

The summer reading program at the Ocean County libraries

  • The dates begin June 1, individual libraries vary.
  • Special events include a dance party in Waretown, a Space Camp event in Jackson, and Balloons with Cheryl in Island Heights.
  • For more check the Ocean County Library website
  • Visit our Ocean County Library Events page for information about events for kids at these libraries.

 

The summer reading program at the Passaic County libraries

  • The start dates vary as there’s no county library system.
  • Special events include drop in movie days in Haledon, a penguin show with Jenkinsons Aquarium in Wayne, and a teddy bear in space workshop in Wanaque.
  • For more check the individual library websites
  • Visit our Passaic County Library Events page for information about events for kids at this library.

 

reading in a book store

 

The summer reading program at the Salem County libraries

  • There is no library county system, check the library websites for more information.
  • Visit our Salem County Library Events page for information about events for kids at these libraries.

 

The summer reading program at the Somerset County libraries

  • The dates start June 18
  • Special events include a choose your own adventure at the Mary Jacobs Branch.
  • For more check the Somerset County Library System website
  • Visit our Somerset County Library Events page for information about events for kids at these libraries.

 

The summer reading program at the Sussex County libraries

  • Summer reading kick off is June 29.
  • Special events include programs with Lee’s Circus Extravaganza at the Dorothy Henry branch, and Eyes of the Wild at the Louise Childs branch.
  • For more check the Sussex County Library website
  • Visit our Sussex County Library Events page for information about events for kids at these libraries.

 

The summer reading program at the Union County libraries

  • The dates begin in mid-June, individual libraries vary as there is no county library system.
  • Special events include a kick off party in Scotch Plains, a planetarium show in Summit, and a Space Jam party in Clark.
  • For more check the individual library websites
  • Visit our Union County Library Events page for information about events for kids at these libraries.

 

The summer reading program at the Warren County libraries

  • The dates begin June 24, individual libraries vary.
  • Special events include Sciencetellers in Independence Township and White Township, and an extravaganza in Blairstown..
  • For more check the Warren County Library website
  • Visit our Warren County Library Events page for information about events for kids at these libraries.

 

Choosing books at our local library

 

Many of the New Jersey libraries summer reading programs offer prizes and incentives to accompany their summer reading programs. Check with your local library, and HAPPY READING!

 

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