Summer Reading at the Library

Reading and Entertainment Fun for Kids and Adults!



Thank you to everyone who donated prizes this year!


While our programs may appeal to all ages, be aware that some are most suited to certain age groups.

  • Kids programs:  kids going into kindergarten through 3rd grade
  • Older kids programs:  kids going into 4th grade and up
  • Adult programs:  these are reserved for older teens and adults.

Click here for a printable schedule

Summer Reading Kick-Off {all ages}

Thursday, June 30th 10:30am - Noon

Look for the 65-foot whale in our yard!

Walk through it and learn about endangered Fin Whales with the Blue Ocean Society!

Sign up for the reading program to win prizes!

**This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Bethlehem Public Library**

Program Note:  This program is for ages 5+.  People will enter the whale in groups, on the half-hour.  Tickets are available at the kick-off, on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please use any wait time to enjoy our StoryWalk® and sign up for Summer Reading Bingo.

Ladder the Whale


Pirates in the Park {kids}

Tuesday, July 5th 11am

Everyone's a pirate today!  We'll have pirate activities and crafts, and a scavenger hunt.

Oceans of Trivia {older kids}

Friday, July 8th 11am

Join Miss Abby for trivia of the high seas kind!

Sea Animal Program {all ages}

Tuesday, July 12th 11am

Living Shores Aquarium will teach everyone how to move like a sea animal, and introduce us to some of Living Shores' residents.

Readers' Cafe book discussion {adults}

Thursday, July 14th Noon AND Saturday, July 16th 9am

July's book is Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery.  Copies are available at the Circulation Desk beginning June 16th.

Explore the Final Frontier, the Ocean {kids}

Tuesday, July 19th 11am

Vince Kelly, scuba diver and former guest on Tanked, will explain that with the right equipment and training, we can become a fish and explore the true final frontier.

This program is via Zoom, in our Community Room.

Paint & Sip {adults}

Wednesday, July 20th 6pm

Elaine Gabriel will lead participants in creating an ocean-inspired landscape.

Refreshments will be served.

**Registration is required for this program.  Seats are limited**

Lighthouse STEM Challenge {older kids}

Friday, July 22nd 11am

Build your best lighthouse, using everyday objects!

Shanty Bones, Pirates of the North East Sea {all ages}

Saturday, July 23rd 11am

Shanty, Bones, a band of professional performing pirates (say that three times fast!), will entertain you by singing shanties, or sailors' work songs.


Author Eric Pinder and CLiF Book Giveaway!

Tuesday, July 26th 11am

Eric Pinder, who writes books about bears, bikes, barometers and other fun things, will visit.  Every child goes home with two new books!  This program is a grant from the Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF).

Eric PinderCat in the Clouds book coverCLiF logo

Trivia Night! {all ages}

Thursday, July 28th 6pm

Join our monthly trivia night!  Teams and individuals are welcome!

Summer Reading Finale {kids}

Tuesday, August 2nd 11am

Join our yard party!  We'll have games, and dancing with Miramo Dance Studio, and much more!

Ice cream for everyone, thanks to Friends of Bethlehem Public Library!

Prize winners will be announced!

Lost at Sea with Abby! {older kids}

Friday, August 5th 11am

What will help you survive at sea?  Pick your props and "sea" how you do!