Announcing the 2020 Summer Library Program

Newton Public Library’s Summer Library Program officially kicks off on June 1 and continues through July 31. To register, email, or call 316-283-2890 during staff hours.

“Summer is our favorite time of the year at Newton Public Library,” library director Marianne Eichelberger said. “Hundreds of children, teens and adults participate in reading challenges, book discussions, special programs and other activities. Our staff has come up with creative, exciting ways to foster that engagement again this summer, despite the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Click here for full information on Summer Library Program. NPL’s Facebook page will also have videos and program updates throughout the summer.

The Reader Zone app for smartphones and tablets is a big addition this summer. Reader Zone makes it easy for families to log reading time (or audiobook listening time), track daily and weekly goals, and earn prizes or prize chances. (Click here for instructions.) Those who would prefer not to use Reader Zone can report their reading by email to, or call and report it over the phone.

Families with Youth Summer Library Program participants can pick up free activity packets in the library’s front lobby each week, with new packets available every Monday starting June 1. The packets, labeled by age group, will have crafts, coloring pages, games and prizes.

The youth program will also include online StoryTimes with Ms. Amy every Monday, and online puppet shows with Mr. Jon and Ms. Amy every Wednesday – all posted on NPL’s Facebook page.

Every other Friday, special youth-program guest performers will take part in interactive virtual visits. The first guest performer will be Jason D’Vaude, The Circus Man, on June 5 at 1:30 p.m. Follow the NPL Facebook page to get updates and more information on these performances as they are announced.

The Teen Summer Library Program features new creative challenges and reading challenges every two weeks. Participants can communicate with one another in NPL’s new teen Discord chat room.

Teens who complete the summer reading goal will earn a gift card and an invitation to a virtual escape room event. Email to sign up.

In addition to reading goals and prize drawings, the Adult Summer Library Program features more than a dozen online discussions and events, including book club meetings and photography, local history, and genealogy programs.

Online events will be held via Zoom video chat and/or Facebook Live. Visit or the NPL Facebook page to get updates and more information.