Summer Reading 2017

Summer Reading is  here! We are off to a great start. Jungle Jim’s “Minecraft Madness” balloon magic show was a big hit!


Summer Reading Events

June 21st 10:30 Kick Off with Jungle Jim’s Balloon Magic show, “Minecraft Madness” — Sign up today to get a “Minecraft” pixelated bandana!

June 22nd 5:00 Movie and Popcorn: The LEGO Movie

June 27th 3:30 DIY: Paracord Bracelet craft

June 29th 2:00 LEGO and Cubelets: Build a Better World. Use your imagination to build a “better” version of the world out of LEGO.

June 30th 3-6:00 Bookmark craft at the Newport Farmer’s Market with Valley Food and Farm POP tent.

July 3rd 3:00 Rocket Launching! Teens and Tweens are invited to come build “rockets” to launch from the side lawn, made out of matches, soda, and anything else we can think of.

July 6th 1-3:00 Construction Vehicle Touch the Truck with the Newport Public Works Department

July 11th, 11:00 Build a Fairy House on the library side lawn. Bring pinecones, ferns, anything you can find outside, and build a fairy house to bring the fairies back to the library!

July 13th 3:30  Stuffed Animal Sleepover! We’ll start with a craft and then the stuffies will go upstairs at 4:00 . Don’t forget…

July 14th 12-4pm Sleepover pickup! Come get your cuddly friend after their library adventure, and see photos of everything they did!

July 18th 1-2:00 Visit with Bruins Mascot, “Blades the Bruin.” There’ll be a story, craft, activities, and goodie bags for everyone!

July 20th 3:30 Plant a Better World: paint a little flower pot and plant a seed to take home!

July 24th 2:00 Write a Better World: Join us for a world-building writers workshop, for young fiction writers.

July 27th 3:30 Tie Dye your T-Shirt on the library side law. (Please bring your own white shirt)

August 1st  4:00 Frozen T-shirt Contest with International Workcamp Volunteers

August 3rd 3:00 Simon Brooks storytelling performance and Ice Cream Finale. Celebrate all the wonderful reading you’ve done with fun, ice cream and prizes for everyone.

Reading Initiative:

Everyone’s goal is to encourage Newport children to keep coming to the library and keep reading all summer long, so that even children without many books at home will be better readers in the fall. Providing access and encouragement to as many children as possible will help reduce the summer learning loss that causes an achievement gap to open up over time between children with different backgrounds. The Richards Free Library summer reading program provides 6 weeks of fun, enriching programs that are free and open to all, and will also provide participants with a reading log to keep track of progress toward the 10-hour goal, rewarding children along the way to keep up motivation. Grazi’s Market, Coronis Market, and McDonald’s are generously providing ice creams or grinders to children who meet the 10 hour reading goal.