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10 Rockland County Libraries Offering Fun Summer Reading Programs for Kids

10 Rockland County Libraries Offering Fun Summer Reading Programs for Kids

These libraries in Rockland County have summer reading programs to help kids develop a life-long love of reading.


Just because summer is here doesn’t mean kids should close the book on reading activities! In fact, reading books is an easy and fun way to prevent the dreaded summer learning loss. Throughout Rockland County there are many library programs that introduce kids to new books and allow them to earn rewards just for reading. Here are some of the best library summer reading programs around Rockland County. Check out what your library has to offer, as well as others around Rockland right here:

Blauvelt Free Library

541 Western Highway, Blauvelt
845-359-2811
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Ages: 2-17
Through Aug. 20

With this Summer Reading Club, kids can choose from the Pre-School, Children’s, or Teen reading programs. They can then log their reading time in exchange for virtual badges and prizes, including extras for completing mission activities. There are also weekly raffles with random drawings for writing book reviews. Reading logs can be kept on paper or done through an iPhone app. 

Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library

10 W. Ramapo Road, Garnerville
845-736-3800
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Ages: school-aged kids
Throughout the summer

Haverstraw offers an Animal Adventures Reading Program. With this, kids go on interactive video quests with storyologist Page Turner and her slapstick sidekick, Kenny. They encourage kids to participate in comic quests to tell, write, and collect stories. The program offers 5 days of virtual adventures each week. Programming includes interviews with kids’ book authors, games, arts and craft projects, contests, and more. 

New City Library

220 N. Main St., New City
845-634-4997
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Ages: 2-17 
Through Aug. 14 (Kids); through Aug. 20 (Teens)

At the New City Library, kids can participate either in person or with the help of parents using the ReadSquared app. By logging their age-appropriate reading activities, kids can earn prizes this summer. Teens can take part in summer reading Tic-Tac-Toe board with individual squares that feature different genres. Those who read three books that line up either up, down, straight across, or diagonally are eligible to win Starbucks gift cards. They can also help the younger kids to take part in the summer reading program. 

Nyack Library

59 S. Broadway, Nyack
845-358-3370
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Ages: 2-11
Through Aug. 13

With the Nyack Library program, kids can take part with a summer theme Tails and Tales, involving books on all kinds of animals, with lots of fun virtual activities. Kids in the program get a kit with a reading log, stickers, and instructions. There’s a reading goal of about 20-minutes per day, or 2-hours per week. If they reach their goals, they earn small prizes. For those in the early literacy program, parents can help their little ones to complete a fun literacy-enhancing activity sheet. Once the sheet is filled out, the child will be given a free book.

Orangeburg Library

20 Greenbush Road, Orangeburg
845-359-2244
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Ages: newborn to 18
Through Aug. 15

For kids ages 10 and younger, this year’s Tails & Tales summer reading program allows them to earn 1 point for each minute of summer reading they do. To complete the program, kids must get 1,000 points. Along the way, they can collect special badges, earn some prizes, and, after completing missions, get some bonus points. There’s a weekly raffle they can enter by showing their reading log, with a chance to win free ice cream. They will also get a completion certificate to proudly display. Teens can earn points for every book they finish, or mission accomplished. Those who earn enough points get a free young adult book and ultimately a completion certificate. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Palisades Free Library

19 Closter Road, Palisades
845-359-0136
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Ages: 5-18
Through Aug. 7

This seven-week program allows kids in elementary school to complete reading challenges with a chance to earn raffle prizes each week. To get started in this year’s Tails & Tales animal-themed summer reading program, each kid is given a welcome packet with a sign-up prize, a Summer Reading game board, and a tag and chain to record reading progress. For every 2 hours of reading completed, kids are given reading beads that can be placed on the chain and can also enter the weekly raffle. When they complete the summer reading game board, all kids get a free ice cream. Every time teens come in to check out books, they can make a guess at a Battleship game on the wall for a chance to win a box of candy, as well as enter into a raffle to win a Starbucks gift card or even a Kindle Fire. When they complete the summer reading game board, all teens get a free ice cream.

Piermont Library

25 Flywheel Park, Piermont
845-359-4595
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Ages: 3-12
Through Aug. 8

Kids can take part in the Piermont Library reading program, A Universe of Stories this summer. The program includes book check-ins with prizes, as well as special programs and crafts. Mondays or Thursdays are drop-in days to talk about a book, complete a craft, or pick up a prize. On Aug. 8, there will be pizza for all in the program to celebrate.

Finkelstein Memorial Library

24 Chestnut St., Spring Valley
845-352-5700
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Ages: kindergarten through 12th grade
Through July 19

At the Spring Valley Library, kids receive a summer reading starter bag to log in the books they read in the “Tails and Tales” program. Read just one book and get a completion prize. Also, every book earns an entry for a grand prize raffle.  Kids can also snap or draw pictures of animals for a chance to win an Instax Camera Bundle.

Valley Cottage Library

110 Route 303, Valley Cottage
845-268-7700
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Ages: Newborn to 10
Through Aug. 14

Young kids first being introduced to books up to those entering fifth grade can take part in the Valley Cottage Tails and Tales program. Older kids can track what they read on a log, while younger ones can have their parents log the books that have been read to them. For every day they read, they earn a book buck and can win prizes when they show their logs to the library staff. 

The West Nyack Free Library

65 Strawtown Road, West Nyack
845-358-6081
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Ages: Newborn to 18
Through Aug. 10

In West Nyack, kids can participate in this summer reading club. In addition to reading books and keeping track in a personal log. Kids in the program can also take part in special events with everything from a day with free ice cream to creating a LEGO bird feeder or playing animal bingo with a chance to win fun prizes. Teens likewise can take part, with their own summer reading bingo card, an activity log, and even a local history scavenger hunt. 


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