Library gears up for summer programming

Summer Reading kicks off on June 18 with programs for all ages.

The Moorestown Library has an exciting summer in store for readers of all ages, with Summer Reading programs and special events back in full swing (just a little differently).

Summer Reading kicks off on June 18 with programs for preschoolers, new readers, kids, teens and adults. Preschoolers and children entering kindergarten through grade one can pick up activity sheets and reading logs at the library or register online and download them at home.

Summer Reading programs for children entering grades two to six, teens and adults are once again available online through READSquared. Using READSquared, readers can enter books, write reviews and win prizes, courtesy of the Friends of the Moorestown Library. Check out the website at moorestownlibrary.org to explore the programs and watch a short orientation video to help you get started. Summer Reading for all ages runs through Aug. 28.

Summertime at the library always means tons of cool events, and this year we’re taking the action outside. We have scheduled outdoor story times, family robotics programs and yoga for kids and teens. We also have some great Grab and Go STEAM projects for kids and Grab and Go crafts for tweens and teens to pick up at the library and make at home. For middle grade girls looking to enhance their computer programming skills, Moorestown High School student Maya Butani will be offering a week-long program on Zoom called “Project CSGIRLS: Programming and Problem-Solving in the World.”

Fridays are Fun days at the library this summer, and we have booked a series of special events for the whole family to enjoy. In keeping with the Cooperative Summer Reading Program’s “Tails and Tales” theme, these include Nature Nick’s Animal Show, Anansi the Spider, and perennial favorite Mad Science. Bring a blanket, find a patch of shade and enjoy an exciting show on the library lawn.

Volunteering at the library has long been a summertime rite of passage for many teenagers, and Moorestown Library has some creative new ways for teens to contribute and earn community service hours. Teens who join the Summer Reading program can earn community service for reviewing books in READSquared or making “booktalk” videos we can share to entice other teens to read your recommendation. Teens can also contribute to the library’s “How-To Channel,” a webpage featuring videos designed to help younger kids learn new skills. If you have a skill to share, whether its origami, long division, science experiments or simple crafts, make a short video and submit it for volunteer credit. Get details and check out more volunteer opportunities throughout the community at moorestownlibrary.org/kids/teens.

Most summer events are drop-in, but Summer Reading and certain events require registration. Be sure to visit moorestownlibrary.org/kids for a complete schedule of events and registration information or contact the library at (856)234–0333 x 5.