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Summer Reading 2021
May 172021

Join us online for our annual Summer Reading Program and win chances for prizes. With 2021’s theme being “Tails and Tales”, the focus is on animals and storytelling. Pounce on your reading goals by registering online through Beanstack, an online reading log app!

Saturday June 12th to Saturday August 14th
MC-NPL and the branches proudly present summer reading challenges and events for all age groups!

For infants, toddlers, and all children up to age 12, there are wonderful programs with the theme’s animalistic twist: tigerific Storytimes, new livestreams, crafts-to-go, STEM exploration activities, and cooking tutorials. Your child could win their ride through their own safari with a brand new bicycle! Subscribe to our children’s e-newsletter to get up-to-date information.


For our teens, ages 12 – 18, MC-NPL is keeping it as cool as a polar bear with new DIY projects and online events. Also, from our very own local artist, Keville Bowen, learn about Japanese culture and the way it is reflected in anime.



For adults, summer reading will be in full swing come June 12th. Beat the heat by winning nifty gift cards to cool cinemas, local restaurants, and in-home and online shopping sprees.


This summer, sign up on our Beanstack to log your reading! The Main Library’s Beanstack online portal goes live on June 12th. All ages invited to participate. Read any book to join in. Take advantage of the library’s online resources which include eBooks and downloadable audio books. Earn a chance to win a Mystery Raffle Prize with each badge you complete!

  • Earn badges for reading! Every 5 days you read will unlock a badge.
  • Earn badges for completing activities!
  • Earn badges for writing reviews!

Beginning June 12th, register and log your progress online or download the Beanstack app for IOS or Android. Not interested in going online? Paper logs are available at the main library’s front desk, reference desk and children’s desk! The paper logs count for reading badges and review badges only. One paper log per person, please.

The ConshohockenPerkiomen ValleyRoyersford, and Upper Perkiomen Valley branches will offer their own special prizes and unique programs. Check their websites for more details.

Welcome to Summer @ MC-NPL!

Apr 092021

Books! Movies! TV shows! Everyone’s got an opinion on them. These teen reviewers took a chance to get theirs out into the world! Below are just some of the reviews and recommendations offered for your view. Click on the titles to see if it is in our collection:

Book Reviews

Movie Reviews

TV Reviews

Nov 052020

Among Us is a game that has the player doing normal, astronaut tasks…while there is a murderer, who is also a player, afoot! See if you can figure out who was the imposter in these books similar to Among Us:

Book cover of Honor among thieves Honor among thieves
by Rachel Caine
Co-Written by Ann Aguirre. A savvy young criminal with antisocial behavior is recruited to attend the Honors space program and joins a team on a sentient spaceship destined for the far reaches of the galaxy only to discover dangerous secrets hidden among the stars.
Book cover of Waste of space Waste of space
by Gina Damico
Cram ten hormonal teens into a spaceship and blast off: that's the premise for the ill-conceived reality show Waste of Space. The kids who are cast know everything about drama–and nothing about the fact that the production is fake.
Book cover of Space Case Space Case
by Stuart Gibbs
(e-Book and Physical) Living on a moon base along with his famous fellow lunarnauts, 12-year-old Dashiell Gibson investigates the suspicious death of a top scientist who was on the verge of an important new discovery.
Book cover of Alien : echo Alien : echo
by Mira Grant
Twins Olivia and Viola have been dragged around the universe; their parents, both xenobiologists, are always in high demand for their research into obscure alien biology. On a new colony world they discover an alien threat unlike anything that has ever been seen. And now the sisters are on the run from terrifying aliens. Olivia's knowledge of xenobiology and determination to protect her sister are her only weapons as the colony collapses into chaos. The creatures infiltrate the rich wildlife on this virgin colony world, and quickly start adapting. Olivia's going to have to adapt, too, if she's going to survive.
Alien Invasion
by Israel Keats
(Audiobook) Solo_Lobo is a gamer who prefers to play by himself. But then he winds up in a virtual game set aboard an alien space station with a know-it-all robot named Spec. Spec is supposed to help him find the rest of his crewmates who've also been captured by the aliens. Seems like a piece of cake until Solo_Lobo learns the catch: he can't be seen by the aliens or he'll risk getting caught in their disanimator eye beams, which will send him right back to Level 1. Can he rescue his crew in time to win the game? And is there more to Spec than what she seems?
Book cover of I am Number Four I am Number Four
by Pittacus Lore
In rural Ohio, friendships and a beautiful girl prove distracting to a fifteen-year-old who has hidden on Earth for ten years waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members and fight the Mogadorians who destroyed their planet, Lorien.
Book cover of Starglass Starglass
by Phoebe North
For all of her sixteen years, Terra has lived on a city within a spaceship that left Earth five hundred years ago seeking refuge, but as they finally approach the chosen planet, she is drawn into a secret rebellion that could change the fate of her people.
Book cover of Horror in space Horror in space
by J.E. Young
(Graphic Novel) As the hero of this graphic novel, the reader is a space colonist who must rescue a spaceship from saboteurs and aliens by making choices that determine the outcome of the story. Illustrated by Courtney Huddleston.
Nov 022020

There’s more than one way to help. Social distancing is still in effect, but you can still find ways to volunteer for your community and earn hours for groups like the National Honors Society, Girl Scouts and more!

Here is the list of volunteer opportunities offered online at the Main Library and its branches for ages 12 -17:

Spread the joy:

Send letters to those that need to read a cheerful message!

– Mail letters to elders around the world! Read about Love for Our Elder’s Letters of Love project. We can send the cards/letters for you; just put it in the drop box at the Front Desk here at the Main Library or contact your library branch. If you decide to send it yourself, please send us a picture of your card/letter to Ebony Harmon, MC-NPL’s Teen Program Coordinator at Please read the instructions before you start writing. If the instructions aren’t followed correctly, then we can’t send the letters and/or your time won’t be counted. Only four letters per month, please. (Worth 1 hour volunteering)

– Mail cards to hospitalized children all over the USA! You can learn more about Cards for Hospitalized Kids. We’ll send the cards for you with the same procedure as the letters for elders or you can or you can email a picture to Please read the instructions before you start your card. If the instructions aren’t followed correctly, then we can’t send the card and/or your time won’t be counted. Only four cards per month, please. (Worth 1 hour)

You Review:

Let your thoughts be heard!

– Write a book review in 280 characters or more. These reviews count for one review per book; make as many as you would like. Write a review! (Worth 1 hour)

– Write a film/show review in 280 characters or more. These reviews count for one review per film/show; make as many as you would like. Write a review! (Worth 1 hour)

– Make a 10 song (or more) playlist for a book. These only count for three playlists per book; write for as many books as you would like. Email your list(s) or a playlist link(s) to your preferred music service and if you want your list on our social media (or not) to Need ideas for making a playlist? Read this article on how to create one. (Worth 1 hour)


Do fun projects and more!

– Participate in a library project or event. (Worth the event’s time length)

– **NEW** Host your own library program or event. (Worth the event’s time length)

– Record yourself reading the first 3 pages of a book out loud. Use vocaroo to record yourself. Email the link of your recording, along with the title & author of the book and if you want your recording on our social media, to to have your hour(s) counted. Make as many as you would like. (Worth 1 hour volunteering)


Get extra-extra credit!

– Send us your book reports. Email your report to to have your time counted. (Worth 1 hour)


Once you complete any of the tasks above, you just have to send an email to Ebony Harmon, MC-NPL’s Teen Program Coordinator at confirming that you’ve completed your task(s) in order to have your time counted. She will then send you a form to fill out.

UPDATE 1/28/21: Sorry for the inconvenience. The volunteer form is no longer a public link. Please send an email at the email address above to receive the form.

Thank you for volunteering your time!