Youth Services Programs

Click here to visit the Newton Public Library Facebook page! New StoryTimes and puppet shows are posted on the page, and you can also watch past videos on-demand.

Hora de cuentos con Sharon

On Tuesdays, Sharon shares a Spanish-language StoryTime on the Newton Public Library Facebook page! You can also watch past videos on the Facebook page, or click here for a YouTube playlist.

Summer Reading!

Fun activities for the summer are planned around a theme. StoryTimes for preschoolers and toddlers, special programs for kids ages 5-10, family fun nights and special entertainment on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. for the whole family!

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten:

Families are invited to join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000-book goal in three years and provide their children essential early literacy skills.

Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to during early childhood. Reading to children from an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is available to all families with children between the ages of birth and five years. Registration is open. Children receive a book bag with information, coloring pages, reading activities, a free book and a reading chart. At each level of 100 books read, there are free stickers. Each child completing 1,000 books receives a free t-shirt and a photo on the Library’s Wall of Fame.

What do the puppets do when the Library is closed?