Universe of Stories

Blast off into a universe of stories this summer 2019!

Reading in all its forms can transport you to real and imaginary places. Summer is a great time to read what you like, to learn new things, and share stories with friends and family. Check out all the information below to learn about how your library is celebrating a Universe of Stories, this year’s national summer reading theme.

Reader’s Advisory

Summer is the perfect time to read what you like, but for tips on great books and resources, try these recommendations.
NPL’s Universe of Stories

Grades K & 1

Grades 2 & 3

Grades 4 & 5

Middle School, 6-8

High School

Books on the Moon, Galaxy, and Universe.

Recommendations inspired by our local Universe

Passport to Libraries. NPL staff will share insights and books about Vermont libraries and the towns that host them. We encourage you to explore Vermont via its storied and unique libraries!

Back to School. Books and resources inspired by the Norwich Historical Society’s summer exhibition Schooling in Norwich

Montshire Picks. Montshire Museum of Science staff have handpicked books that make connections to their exhibition Destination: Space!

Association for Library Service to Children

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is a division of the American Library Association. Their summer reading booklists are created by a committee of library professionals with input from school-aged readers. 

Summer Reading for Ages through Preschool

Summer Reading for Grades K-2

Summer Reading for Grades 3-5

Summer Reading for Grades 6-8

Reader’s Advisory happens throughout the year, too.

We love recommending books for adults based on library book displays and topical issues. We frequently recommend books for kids and families, and all the reading we do together during Story Time is archived.


Summer Reading Kick-Off and Ice Cream Social. Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, raffles, and information on summer learning. All welcome.

How Apollo 11 Got to the Moon. Dan DeMars gives an interactive talk on the Apollo 11 lunar landing. All ages.

Saturday Space Screenings. Feature films on space-related themes, selected and introduced by Dan Davis, DailyUV Film Critic. Geared towards teens and adults.

Movies for Kids and Families. We’ll screen space-themed movies over three summer Thursdays. Geared towards kids and their families, but all welcome.

Graphic Novel Read-In. An afternoon of reading graphic novels about space and beyond thanks to our friends at the Center for Cartoon Center’s Schultz library. Geared to tweens and teens.

Curator-Led Tour of Destination Space. Kids and their families who have logged their reading are invited to a special curator-led tour of Destination Space! at the Montshire Museum of Science.

Family Fort Night. Bring your coziest blankets and your fluffiest pillows to camp out at the library and celebrate the near-end of summer. Space-themed snacks provided!

Play Summer Reading Games

NPL-created bingo cards encourage reading across platforms and suggest new ways to expand your universe. Five in a row wins!

Adults are invited to complete their bingo cards and submit to the library circulation desk for raffle entry! Raffle drawings will take place on the second Friday in July and August at 1:00 pm.

Elementary school-aged children are invited to complete bingo cards and submit to the Children’s room desk for raffle drawings.

Scratch-off tickets are available for tweens and teens!

Log your Reading with NPL

Sign up for summer reading

Sign up for summer reading and share your reading goals with us!

There are three ways to keep track of your summer reading goals.

Paper log. Stop by the library to pick up a paper copy of the reading log. Kids and teens are encouraged to drop off their completed log to Beth Reynolds, Children’s Librarian, at the end of summer on August 9.

A downloadable log. Download and save this summer reading log for keeping track on your computer. Kids and their families can submit via email at the end of summer.

An online form. Want to log on the go? We’d love to hear from you! Send us your reading progress as summer progresses and we’ll keep track of totals for you.