Schedule of Summer Reading Events

Also check the Library calendar for events!


Ongoing Events


  • Wednesdays & Fridays, June 8th through August 24th @ 10:45 am -12:30 pm & 2:00 pm -3:00 pm -- Summer Food Program for kids under 18 (no paperwork required).  Lunch is served from 10:45 am to 12:30 pm in the Copernicus Room, and a movie or Wee Build activities are available. Visit our children's department for some cool reading a stay for a snack from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Click here to see other Lawrence County locations for the summer food program.

  • Tuesdays, June 14th through July 26th @ 10:00 am -- Toddler Family Place- For children, 3 and younger. Toys are provided that are appropriate for this age group. Following a clean-up children will hear stories, finger plays and circle time. Older siblings are permitted.  **Registration is required**

  • Tuesdays, June 21st through August 2nd @ 1:00 pm -- Humane Animal Education Program- Presented by Lois  Winter, Board President of the Lawrence County Humane Society.  As part of its mission, the Lawrence County Humane Society’s “…goal is to find responsible loving homes for our animals”.  To meet this mission, they offer various services including an education program.  Classes will be one hour, see schedule below for topics to be discussed each week. Registration is appreciated by not required.

  • Wednesdays, June 15th through August 31st @ 10:00 am -- Mother Goose Story Time- A multi-age gathering, filled with stories, rhymes, singing and dancing for children and their caregivers. Loosely based on Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen's Mother Goose on the Loose, this program cultivates and instills a love of learning and contributes to the development of the child's emergent literacy skills.

  • Wednesdays, June 15th through August 3rd @ 2:30 pm -- On Your Mark, Get Set, Explore!- Science Discoveries with Miss Barb. Class will meet for approximately 45 minutes. Each week students will get together and explore the science behind matter, energy, space and time through hands on experiments. The targeted audience is 1st through 6th grade. Kids will be working with glue, oils, food coloring, vinegar, jelly crystals, calcium chloride, etc., so they should dress accordingly! They may be asked to bring in a jar to perform certain tasks or to track their experiments at home. See schedule below for specific activities for each week. **Registration is required!** No program on June 29th or July 6th**

  • Wednesdays, June 15th through August 31st @ 6:00 pm -- Summer Movies- Join us for a movie on the big screen in the Copernicus Room! We will be alternating weeks between family and PG-13 movies; for PG-13 movies all children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult who stays for the entire movie. See schedule below for movie titles to be shown each week. **No movie on June 22nd**

  • Fridays, June 17th through August 5th @ 10:00 am -- Friday Family Fun Time- Come on down during the summer months for a story time including elements of our Mother Goose Story Time with stories, crafts and activities for those older siblings who want to enjoy library time too!


Special Events​​​​


  • Monday, August 15th @ 6:00 pm -- Fantastic FANdoms- A time of sharing to discuss and watch your favorites. Ages 12 and up.

  • Wednesday, August 17th @ 6:00 pm -- Summer Movie: Zootopia (PG)

  • Wednesday, August 24th @ 6:00 pm -- Summer Movie: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG)

  • Friday, August 26th @ 2:00 pm -- Explore Outdoors with Nature Club

  • Saturday, August 27th @ 11:00 am -- Block Party- For children ages 3-6 ONLY. Over 1000 wooden blocks will be available for children to play, create and build.  Program ends with clean-up and short poem or story. **Registration is required** by calling 724-658-6659 ext.106.

  • Wednesday, August 24th @ 6:00 pm -- Summer Movie: The Incredibles (PG)



Adult Summer Reading Program


"Exercise Your Mind" with summer reading for adults (18 and over) and win prizes!  A PaperWhite Kindle with WiFi will be given away to one lucky participant at our prize drawing on August 1st at 10:00 am.  (Kindle provided by the Friends of the New Castle Public Library).  To be entered to win just follow these steps:


  1. On each visit to the library check out at least 3 books (audiobooks and paperbacks included).  BE SURE TO KEEP YOUR PRINTED RECEIPT!

  2. When the items are returned, print your name and phone number on the back of the receipt.

  3. Submit a review of what you have read and receive an additional entry into the drawing (review forms are available online or at the circulation desk).




Be sure to pick up our "just for fun" activities for adults at the circulation desk!



Teens Summer Reading Program


Teen Summer Reading Club begins June 3rd and continues through August 26th, 2016.  Students entering Grade 6 through high school are encouraged to record the amount of time spent reading and the titles read: e-books, magazines, newspapers, blogs, web comics, etc. READ for a chance to WIN! Please record each 20 minutes read to total 100 minutes on each entry form.   Please list titles or websites and minutes spent reading on the form (yes, I do look at the sites; sorry – do not include your texting, snapchat, twitter, etc.)

Place each 100 minute entry form into “The Cylinder of Awesomeness” on Sharon’s desk in the Teen Dept. OR  attach and e-mail the file to Sharon (, if you can’t make it to our library.  All Prizes Must be claimed in person. *ENTER as often as you wish.*   



Kids Summer Reading Program


Registration begins on June 11.  To complete the Reading Program children are required to read 10 hours.  For every 2 hours read and documented in their log, children may stop by the library and check in to receive a small prize and a food coupon.   Once 10 hours are attained, they are asked to place their name on a ticket for the chance to win a Grand Prize of a BICYCLE.  After completing 10 hours,  all additional reading (3 books) will be towards ONE entry to win a bicycle.  Bring in your check out receipt showing that 3 books were checked out (and returned) to be entered.  Entries , coupons, & prizes are available in the junior department only .  Stop by the Junior Department or call 724-658-6659 ext. 106 for questions.

Summer Reading Club and Youth Services Programming are funded through the generosity of

The Almira Foundation and The Friends of the New Castle Public Library.