Teen Summer Reading

The 2016 collaborative Summer Reading Program – GET IN THE GAME!

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Library Catalog Get In the Game! Booklist

What is it?

A summer reading program is a series of theme centered events combined with super easy reading requirements and some fab prizes.

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 Get In the Game! this summer?

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    1. Register at the Newport Public Library (NPL) either in person at the Young Adult (YA) or Children’s desks, or on-line.
      Registration opens June 20th.  It will continue through August 6th.
      Register by July 17th to received a free ticket to the July 20 Newport Gulls game, be honored on the field and receive a free FANatic reader t-shirt from People’s Credit Union.
    2. Read 6 books or 1200 pages (print, audio, electronic, graphic or 3 magazines = 1 book) between July 5 and August 10th and complete a book form for each one. You can print forms here, get decorative theme related forms to hang in YA from the YA or Children’s desks or submit an on-line book form. Forms can be turned in at the YA or Children’s desks. 1 Raffle ticket per book, 200 pages (if it’s a really long book), or 3 magazines. RI Teen Book Award Nominee books will be worth 2 raffle tickets.
    3. Attend great activities to help you Get in the GAME! – life size yard games, DIY team flip flops, henna, karate, teen voted movies and more!
    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 equivalent pages/magazines) 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 to win the Kindle Fire raffle.

What Can I Read?

Anything at your reading level:

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    • E-Books – free at your library
    • Graphic novels
    • 3 Magazines = 1 Book – available in both print and electronic versions at your library
    • Unabridged Audiobooks – available in playaway, CD and electronic formats at your library

E-zone, our e-book and audiobook provider, offers 30 free audiobooks for you TO OWN, two each week from now through August 17th.  Check it out

Programs and Movies!

Print your own Calendar.

Supplies and light refreshments will be provided at all events except those in the Maker Lab.
Not signed up for Summer Reading? Register now!

Monday, June 27th  – 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 6th.

Monday, July 5th @ 3 – Kick off your summer (and summer reading!) by designing your custom flip-flops, in your school colors.  This program will take place in the Program Room.

Thursday, July 7th @ 4 -Join us to design your own flying disk – paint it, draw on it, whatever your creative mind can come up with! Then (weather permitting) we will all move out into the park for a rousing game of afternoon frisbee!  This program will take place in the Program Room and Aquidneck Park.

Monday, July 11th @ 4 – Bring your cell phone because today is all about taking your best selfie! Learn about lighting and angles to make you look your best, without all the filters! Also learn safe practices for using social media sites that you post your selfies on. Computers and music will be provided!  This program will take place in our Maker Lab.

Thursday, July 14th @ 4 – Life Size Yard Games! Jenga taller than you, a Connect Four game up to your waist, jumbo playing cards, jumbo scrabble, jumbo checkers … do you get the theme yet? Enjoy our oversized/life-sized game party! This program will meet in Aquidneck Park if the weather cooperates, otherwise meet in our Program Room!

Saturday, July 16th @ 3

An optional hands on project will be provided.  The movie will be shown in our Program Room.

Monday, July 18th @ 4– Get ready to move, because Real Life PacMan is today! Players will take turns being PacMan and ghosts along our own game course – bring your friends!  This program will take place in our  program room.

Wednesday, July 20th @ 6– Free admission to the Newport Gull’s game at Cardine’s Field.  Game time is 6:35, but we’re asking you to show up at 6 for recognition on the field and a small gift from People’s Credit Union.

Thursday, July 21st @ 4– Minute to Win It! Join us for this classic game brought to life here at the library! We will have 10 different stations set up, and it is a competition to see how far you can go! Prizes will be awarded, so you don’t want to miss this!  This program will be in the Program Room.

Monday, July 25th @ 4 – 

An optional hands on project will be provided.  The movie will be shown in our Program Room.

Thursday, July 28th @ 4– Mr. Oliver from East Bay Martial Arts in Portsmouth will be here today to show you some defensive moves! This is a “get up and do” program, so wear comfy clothes! This program will be in the Program Room.

Monday, July 25th @ 4-

An optional hands on project will be provided.  The movie will be shown in our Program Room.

Monday, August 1st @ 3 – Henna with 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. This program will be in the program room.

Thursday, August 4th @ 4 – RI Computer Museum teaches you to Build Your Own Video Game. Learn the basics and get ready to have some fun!  This program will be in the Maker Lab.

Wednesday, August 10th @ 5 – Get ready for some serious cooking competition with FOOD WARS! This is our last event of Summer Reading before our party! Secret ingredients and theme will be revealed at the beginning of the program. Prizes will be awarded in top categories – what will YOU make?! Last year this program was a dessert hit – what will we come up with this year? Meet in the Program Room and find out.

Thursday, August 11th @ 3:30 – Final Pizza Party, make your own ice cream, book give aways, prize drawings and more! You must complete your reading requirements to attend. The party will be held in the Program Room.


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 10 sentences) 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 (NewportLibRI).
      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. Grab Bag – for every book, 200 pages or 3 magazines 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 which will include the following prizes:

GRAND PRIZE:   Kindle Fire
All participants that complete will automatically be entered.

In addition teens will be able to use their raffle tickets to enter drawings for PRIZE PACKS from many area merchants.  Teens must be present to enter these drawings.  Winners will be limited to one prize each.

Raffle Prizes:

  1. A surprise prize pack from the Boston Red Sox
  2.  A Newport Gulls prize pack: 2017 season tickets, 2017 Gulls camp admission, and a signature cap and t-shirt
  3. 2 Tickets ($50 value) to Southwick Zoo
  4. 2 Tickets ($60 value) to Roger Williams Zoo
  5. $25 gift card to Sticks & Cones
  6. $25 gift card to Gas Lamp Grille
  7. $25 gift card to Brick Alley Pub (valid Mon-Thurs ONLY)
  8. $20 gift card to Panera Bread
  9. $20 gift card to Frosty Freez

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

The 2016 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.

In addition, we are grateful to the many generous, local sponsors supporting our program this year: the Newport Gulls, People’s Credit Union, the Boston Red Sox, RI Children and Young Adult Librarians, Mermaid Masterpieces, Panera Bread, Roger Williams Zoo, Gas Lamp Grille, Southwick Zoo, Sticks & Cones, Frosty Freez and the Brick Alley Pub. More local sponsors to come!