Hillsborough Library Has Reading Club For Every Age

'Explore the Night' by getting into a great read, and win prizes, too.

Stop by the , a branch of the Somerset County Library System, this summer and take advantage of all the library has to offer! There are Summer Reading Clubs for all ages (preschool, school-aged, teens and adults) with chances to win prizes! The registration for all Summer Reading Clubs begins on Monday, June 18 and once again we invite Hillsborough residents of all ages to sign up and get started on their summer reading! The clubs will run through Saturday, Sept. 8.

For preschool, school-aged and teen summer reading clubs, stop by the Children’s Services desk to sign up. We are once again offering a “Read With Me” preschool summer reading club for birth through age 4. Sign up your preschool child and continue them on the road to reading. The “Dream Big – Read” school-aged club is for kids entering grades K-5. The teen club “Own the Night" is for teens entering grades 6-12. Each club member will receive reading logs to keep track of reading and instructions that tell about the many ways to win prizes, including raffles and a grand prize drawing at the end of the summer. For the preschoolers and school-age kids, the grand prizes are a life-size stuffed bear and a Meade telescope. For the teens the grand prize is a Kindle Touch 3G with WiFi!

Throughout the summer there are a variety of contests including weekly trivia questions, “Name the Mascot” and “Find Buddy.” The Heyns Study stated that “the number of books read during the summer is consistently related to academic gains.” Sign up and fuel your brain by reading all summer long!

Sign up for the adult summer reading club “Between the Covers” at the Adult Services Desk! You’ll get instructions and a reading log to keep track of what you read this summer. Each person who registers will receive a mood pencil, a complimentary raffle ticket, and a free book. Participants will receive a tote bag after reading three books and notating them in their book logs. Great prizes like gift cards (Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Panera Bread, Dunkin Donuts, Shell Gas, and ShopRite) will be awarded bi-weekly beginning July 2. At the end of the summer a grand prize drawing will be held for a SONY Reader. Be a role model for your children by reading for yourself this summer! Remember, children read more when they see adults reading!

Brochures of summer programs are available at all public service desks, and are also available on our online calendar (www.sclsnj.org). There are programs throughout the summer geared for various age groups. In the Children’s Department, our theme is “Dream Big–Read @ Your Library,” and we are offering many exciting programs throughout the summer.

For the preschoolers we have a “Sweet Dreams–Read With Me” program on July 27 at 10 a.m. to kickoff the summer! We'll also offer storytime, rhyme time, musical Mondays, story and craft, and special storytimes. There are a variety of performer events such as Yosi’s Pajama Party, Silly Sleepy Sing-a-Long with Kurt Gallagher, and Pajamas & Popcorn with Jeanne DePodwin.

For the school-aged children there are various science programs, Reading Buddy, Early Reader Book Club, Space Explorers, Night Shivers, Bats @ the Library, Lego Club, Family Scavenger Hunt and more! There are also a variety of performer events such as Circus Place, Patrick Garner’s “Houdini and the Magic of Thinking Big,” Days of Knights,  Sciencetellers presents Dragons and Dreams, Laser Science Show, and more! Don't forget the school-age kickoff program on July 27 at 7 p.m.: Wolf Visions! There will also be some movies on the BIG screen offered throughout the summer.

“Own the Night” is our teen summer reading club theme. There are teen programs being offered, such as Mark Sky’s Amazing Psychic Powers, Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse: Defense, Craft and Cupcake, Stage Combat & Makeup Workshop with Stephen Davis,  Glow in the Dark Craftacular, Ghosts: What They Are and How to Investigate them, Zumba for Teens, and Summer Wrap-Up Party. When you attend a teen program you receive a summer reading club raffle ticket! 

“Between the Covers” is our adult summer reading club theme. Kick off your summer on June 22 at 1:30 p.m. with Kathryn Weidener, a local storyteller, who will engage us with storytelling on the summer reading club theme. Adults who attend and tell a story are eligible to win a prize. There will be other programs of interest for adults such as various technology programs, Self Defense for Women, Under the Street Lamp: Tales of the Doo Wop Era, a Fiction Writer’s Workshop, monthly Friday night movies, and more!

For dates, times, and registration information for programs please stop by either the Children’s Services desk for preschool, school-aged and teen program brochures or the Adult Services desk for adult program information. For all program information you can also look at the calendar for Hillsborough Public Library on our website: www.sclsnj.org or check us out on Facebook!

We hope to see you at the library soon! Have a great summer!

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