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Summer Reading 2021

Children’s Department at the Main Library

Creating a Community of Readers, One Child at a Time

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Children’s Calendar of Story Times/Activities/Special Events

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This project is made possible in part by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and through Library Access Funds administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.

Special Events in the Children’s Department

Storytime Live! at the Main Library

Thursdays, July 29 and August 12 at 10:30 am We're trying out in-person storytime in the library! Stories, songs, and rhymes for ages 2-5 and a caregiver. Masks and distancing are recommended. Drop in! We will also be recording the storytime for our YouTube channel:

PJ Stories! starting June 23

Thursdays, June 23 through August 12 at 6:15 pm Family storytime for all the kids! Put on your jammies and join us on our YouTube channel. Intended for ages 2-8.

Explore and More! Summer STEM Seekers starting June 22

Wednesdays, June 22 through August 11 Fun STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) activities conducted either through grab and go packets, YouTube tutorials, or Zoom sessions. You could assemble a simple machine, examine the world around you, build structures with cardboard, or dissect an owl pellet! A new project every week. Intended for families with children ages 5-12. Supplies limited - call to reserve your packet! 610-278-5100 x205.

Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program 2021

MC-NPL and the branches proudly present summer reading challenges and events for all age groups! read more...

Virtual Storytime – Bounce and Rhyme For Babies! Starting June 21

Tuesdays, June 21 through August 10 Stories, songs, rhymes, and fingerplays for your baby and you! Intended for ages 0-18 months. A new storytime will be posted on Facebook and our YouTube channel every Tuesday. Find the storytimes on our YouTube channel.

Wee Readers Storytime for Preschoolers! Starting June 23

Thursdays, June 23 through August 12 Stories, songs, rhymes, and activities for ages 2-5. A new storytime will be posted on Facebook and our YouTube channel every Thursday. Grab-and-go activities to augment the storytime may be available for pickup. Call to reserve your packet. Find the storytimes on our YouTube channel.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten!

Join now! If you read just one book a night starting before your child is 2, you will have read over 1,000 books by the time your child starts kindergarten! Our program makes it fun, with incentives for every milestone you reach--1 book, 25 books, 100 books, 250 books, 500 books, 750 books and 1,000 Books. The program is intended for children under the age of 5 years. The One Thousand Books Before Kindergarten initiative is designed to:

  • Promote reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers.
  • Encourage parent and child bonding through reading.
  • Help young children gain the confidence necessary to become strong readers.
Studies show that children who are read to from birth have an easier time learning to read. You can sign up and log your progress here: You can also track your progress with the Beanstack Tracker mobile app which is available for both iOS and Android. The mobile app includes the ability to scan the barcode from the back of the book for easy logging.