Summer Reading 2019

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 Readers (6-8), High School Readers, Adult Readers

Recommendations inspired by our local Universe

#MontshirePicks. Staff members at the Montshire have offered recommendations of books celebrating space, exploration and discovery, and of course, science!

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. 

ALSC Summer Reading for Ages through Preschool, ALSC Summer Reading for Grades 3-5, ALSC Summer Reading for Grades 6-8

Summer Reading for Ages through Preschool

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. Ice cream and sorbet, Billings Farm & Museum raffle, and information on summer learning. All welcome.

The Universe of Frederick Douglass. Readings, conversations, and art tours inspired by the storied universe of Frederick Douglass.

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

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

Summer Family Films. 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.

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. Complete a row in any direction to be entered into raffle drawings!

Adults are invited to complete their bingo cards. A completed row gains entry into a raffle drawing to take place on the second Thursday in July and August.

Elementary school-aged children are invited to complete bingo cards and check-in with the Children’s room desk for regular raffle drawings. A drawing for a guided tour of Planet Walk will take place on August 10.

Scratch-off tickets are available for tweens and teens! Return for a chance to be entered into prizes.

Log your Reading with NPL

Sign up for summer reading

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

After signing-up 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 24.

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 summer’s end.

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

Summer Reading Prizes for Kids

Bring in your summer reading logs by August 24 for a chance to be entered into a raffle for a family pass to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, NH or a LEGO set featuring  women in space.

Summer Reading Prizes for Teens 

There is also a raffle for the teens. Every time you complete a scratch ticket, unless it says “Not a Winner,” you are entered into the drawing. We will draw a name from our scratch ticket winners for a chance to win prizes including: Name a star,  a Ice Cream party at Fore-U, and a Star Wars book and socks package

We’re Building a Universe

We’re hoping to reach a collective, community reading goal of 2019 items! Join us in building a visual display complete with stars, moons, meteorites, asteroids, and rockets here in the library.

Getting to 2019

One item of reading (books, magazines, downloadable audio and e-books) contributes one star placed in the universe

Five items contributes one moon to the solar system; Ten items will be one meteorite; Fifteen items contributes an asteroid; Twenty items contributes a rocket; twenty or more will bring an astronaut or a flag to a planet