Our 2017 summer reading program is “Reading by Design.” The Youth Services program will be for preschool-age children through 8th grade, with a separate program for high-school through adults. Registration week for the reading program is Monday, June 12 through Saturday, June 17, and the program runs from June 19 through July 28. Princeton Public library will host a range of free activities for children, teens, and adults to encourage and support a love of reading, with incentives and raffle prizes for reading goals met (measured in hours of reading). Studies have shown that children who read at least 6 books over the summer score higher in both reading and math when they return to school in the fall.

This summer’s “Reading by Design” theme is a fun combination of STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) and arts concepts. Programs for the summer will range from “Nature’s Architects” presented by Forest Park Nature Center to a series of hands-on “In the Style of” art workshops. We will be bringing back two of last year’s most popular programs: life-sized Angry Birds and Worm Racing, and our young people’s performance program will be a 3-day puppet workshop celebrating Mo Willems’s Elephant & Piggie books. This year, we hope to attract more junior-high and high-school readers with programs selected specifically for tweens and teens, including a ’zine workshop, a Tween-Teen coding games day, and Frankentoys (deconstructing stuffed animals). Click here for a full schedule of activities.

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