Teen Summer Reading

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The 2015 collaborative Summer Reading Program – UNMASK!
What will you find behind your mask?

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What is it?

A summer reading program is a series of theme centered events, just for teens, combined with super easy reading requirements and some fab prizes. The 2015 theme is UNMASK!

You have summer reading assignments for school. Why not win cool prizes and get to participate in awesome activities just for doing them?

This program is for teens entering grades 7-12 (recent graduates welcome too). Entering 5th or 6th grade? Check out the great tween program.

How do I UNMASK! myself this summer?

  1. UnMask - BookfromStacks Register at the Newport Public Library (NPL) either in person at the Young Adult (YA) or Children’s Reference desks, or on-line.
    Registration is now open.  It will continue through August 11th.
    If you register before July 10, you will receive a complementary ticket to the July 15 Newport Gulls game.  Plan to arrive early as all reading participants will be honored on the field before the game and receive a free gift from People’s Credit Union.
  2. Read 6 books between July 6 and August 13th and complete a book form for each one. You can print forms here or get them from the YA or Children’s Reference desks.
    Paper forms can be turned in at the YA or Children’s Reference desks.
    1 Raffle ticket per book or 200 pages (if it’s a really long book)
    RI Teen Book Award Nominee book will be worth 2 raffle tickets.
  3. Attend great activities to help you Unmask! new knowledge and talents – learn to draw comics, play with our 3D printer, watch movies, make your own superhero mask, and so much more!
    Log events attended for additional raffle tickets.
  4. Participate in our CYBER EVENTS for the chance at more raffle tickets!
  5. Tickets will be used to enter one of many prize raffles at our final party.
  6. If you read at least 6 books (or 1200 pages) you will be invited to attend our awesome wrap-up party  where tickets will be issued and you can choose which prize raffles to enter.
    All participants who complete the reading requirements will be entered in the Kindle Fire, Gulls Prize pack and Nicholas’ Pizza raffles.

Programs and Movies!

UnMask - FlyingReadersAll programs  and movies will take place in the Library’s Program Room unless otherwise noted:  program times differ, so be sure to check the calendar. (Print your own own.)

Supplies and light refreshments will be provided at all events by the library.
Not signed up for Summer Reading? Register now!  For every event you attend, you will receive an additional raffle ticket for our Grand Prize Drawings!

Monday, June 29th  – Sign ups are now open!
Come to the YA (Young Adult) or Reference Desk to sign up or do it on-line.
You may register any time between now and August 8th.

Wednesday, July 15th @ 6:15 – All readers registered before July 10 will receive a complementary ticket to the July 15 Newport Gulls game. Plan to arrive early and you will be honored on the field before the game and receive a free gift from People’s Credit Union.  If you register between July 10 and July 15 you can still be honored on the field, but you will have to buy your ticket.

Thursday, July 16th @ 3:30 Captain American: Winter Soldier.  Enjoy pizza, popcorn and an optional hands on project while cooling off in the library’s air conditioning.  Take a break from the heat and find out what Steve Roger’s does after thawing out.

Monday, July 20 @ 4 – Try out our “green screen”, where you can take digital images of yourself and superimpose them on backgrounds of your favorite superhero (or villain)!  Registration requested.

Thursday, July 23 @ 4 – Meet Ka Yan Kan … our super Henna artist! You can pick out your design and personalize it, then Ka Yan will give you a lasting Henna tattoo! While you wait, practice with real henna that she brings just for you. Registration and a signed permission form (included in your sign-up packet) required.

Tuesday, July 28 @ 2 – Looking to learn some real superhero moves? Don’t miss our Karate ethics and demonstration, hosted by professionals from East Bay Martial Arts in Portsmouth. 

Thursday, July 30 @ 3 – Get ready for some serious cooking competition against your friends! Everyone will be given the same ingredients, and you have to make the best tasting dish. Ms. Colleen & Ms. Becky will be the judges, and the winner will receive a gift card to a local merchant. The ingredients are a surprise – you will see them when you show up!

Monday, August 3 @ 2 – Test your superhero and trivia skills during a round or two of Jeopardy. This friendly little competition will result in some big prizes! Bring your friends and let’s see who wins!

Thursday, August 6 @ 5 – Movie #2 will be either Thor, Batman or Superman: Man of Steel. Vote at the YA desk!

Tuesday, August 11 @ 3:30Come use our “maker” equipment – 3D printing and a vinyl cutter and heat press for DIY T-shirts and stickers.  Come be creative or find what you want pre-made and print it.  Librarians will be available for tutoring and, if you’re a pro, to be tutored.

Thursday, August 13 @ 3:30 – Final Pizza Party and Grand Prize Drawings.


We’ve added these fun cyber events because we know many of you travel or work for the summer and we don’t want you to miss out! 

Complete any or all of the following activities using the NPL website and you will receive one raffle ticket per activity for our prize drawings.  Any activity completed more than once qualifies for multiple raffle tickets.

  1. Choose an activity related to the book you are reading and write about your experience (at least one paragraph).
  2. Rate an item (book, movie, audiobook, etc.) in the library catalog. (Honor system.)
  3. Write a short review (at least two paragraphs) of the book you are reading for our website.
  4. Comment or otherwise add to the library Facebook page or Twitter board (@NewportLib) or check us out on Instagram (nptya).
  5. Request an item through the library catalog. (Honor system.)
  6. Find 2 remade movies and their original versions in the library catalog.  Submit results.
  7. Create a promotional video for Newport Public Library or the Teen Summer Reading Program.  Videos must be rated G, PG, or PG-13. You will be awarded 5 raffle tickets per acceptable video.  You will be awarded an additional 2 raffle tickets if we actually use your video. Submit video.
  8. Review  your favorite, or least favorite, app.


  1. Unmask -HeroesReadingGrab Bag – for every book or 200 pages read, you get one grab from our treasure trove of prizes.
  2. Prize Drawings – all teens who complete the program will be invited to the final party and be able to choose a free book. We’ll have plentiful snacks, play great games and give away free stuff including Unmask! signature items and the following prizes:


    • Kindle Fire
    • Newport Gulls Gift Pack
    • 1 month of NIKOLAS’ PIZZA

All participants that complete will automatically be entered for these 3 prizes.

The following prizes will be raffled off at our final party – only those that COMPLETED their reading AND ATTEND THE PARTY can win the raffles listed below!

    • $10 Via Via Pizza Gift Certificate
    • $20 Ryan Amusements Players Card
    • TWO free tickets to Southwick Zoo
    • $25 to the Brick Alley Pub (valid Mon-Thurs only)
    • 6 Free Cupcakes from Cupcake Charlies
    • Artist Prize Pack with Canvases and art supplies
    • Select book packs

Winners will be limited to one prize each!

PARENTS, don’t feel you are missing all of the fun.  Join our adult reading program Literary Elements!

We are extremely grateful to the many other local businesses for their support and generosity.

We’d also like to thank Rebbeca Killian, owner of Mermaid Masterpieces, for her donation of time and artistic talent in painting the windows for summer reading in both the Young Adult and Children’s departments.

The 2015 Summer Reading Program is made possible through funding from Newport Public Library, the RI Office of Library and Information Services and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.