Summer Reading Program Children and YA 2019

Summer Reading Programs @ New Hartford Public Library

For your convenience, all events can be located on our Events Calendar

Join us as we kick off the Summer Program!


A Universe of Stories

Summer Program Information

Registration starts June 10th.

Children’s programs requiring registration: 

  • Preschool Rhythm and Rhymes
  • Secret Agent Book Club
  • Sphero Challenge
  • Dramatic Fanatic
  • Planetarium Adventures (being held at a different location, Bradley Elementary School Gym on Oxford Rd.).

Young Adult (YA) and Adult programs requiring registration:

  • Social Artworking
  • Textured Planters
  • Melt and Pour candles (Program for YA only)


Printable Version

The following programs do not require registration:





Story Time:  Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:30-11:00 for preschool aged children.  Join us for stories and crafts.  Aimed towards preschoolers – but all are welcome.  An adult must accompany the child.  All story times are held in the Children’s Area/Corasanti Room.





Preschool Music & Movement: Fridays (6 week session) 11:30-12:00.   July 9, 16, 23, 30 & August 6 and 13th.  This program is for 3-5 year olds.  The kids will explore different rythyms, play instruments, and sing songs with Miss Amy.  Registration is required for this program.  We will have a registration form at the circulation desk starting June 10 for up to 20 children.


Secret Agent Book Club:  Our Secret Agent Book Club will meet Thursdays at 10:30-11:15 starting July 11th-August 15th.  We will be reading Spy School by Stuart Gibbs.  Participants will read chapters each week on their own.  Our meetings will include chapter discussions and fun spy activities.  The Secret Agent Book Club is for students entering grades 4-5 and is limited to 10 kids.  To ensure that we have a book for each child preregistration is required.  Registration starts June 10th.


Planetarium Adventures ABC’s of the Skies (Grades PreK-2) 2:00: In the STARLAB, the students will be introduced to astronomy following the alphabet format from astronauts to zodiac.  The level of vocabulary increases with the grade level of students.  Topics covered range from astronomers, telescopes, constellations, planets, and space discovery.  In order to accommodate the size of the STARLAB this program will take place at the Bradley Elementary School Gym on Oxford Rd.  Limited to 25 children.  Registration starts June 10th.

Planetarium Adventures: Star Stories (Grades 3-7) 3:00  Among the twinkling stars the pictures of the constellations appear….Ursa Major, Queen Cassiopeia, Orion the Hunter, and many others are among the cast of characters in the Star Stories told by the ancient cultures.  Learn how the rotation and orbit of the Earth brings these into view.  Hear some of the amazing stories from the Ancient Greeks and Native American cultures that brought them to life and helped explain the world they lived in.  In order to accommodate the size of the STARLAB this program will take place at the Bradley Elementary School Gym on Oxford Rd.  Limited to 25 children.  Registration starts June 10th.


Dramatic Fanatic “A Superhero Mystery”:

Monday, July 22, 2:00.  Something is amiss in the Superhero Galaxy of Flubbish Nubbish 3592.   It seems an Alien Invader has infiltrated the secret suerphero hideout in an attempt to steal everyone’s superpowers!  Who is this Alien Invader?  How did it get in?  And can they catch it before it drains them of their powers for good?  Grab your cape and get ready to solve this Superhero Mystery!

This Library mystery is for kids ages 8-13 years old, and there are 16 characters.  Register to be a part of this fun mystery. Registration begins June 10th.


Portions of the Summer Reading Programs are supported by the Friends of the Library and the Joshua Turner Fund.



YA Programs


Print Version of YA Summer Programs



Henna Tattoo DIY  Tuesday, July 9th, 1:00  Teens can create temporary tattoos using a Henna Tattoo kit provided by the library.  Weather permitting, this program will take place in the gazebo.


Melt and Pour Candles Thursday, August 1st, 1:00-2:00   Teens will make their own scented candle.  All materials are provided and registration is required.  Regsitration starts June 10th.


All teen programs are adult supervised but teen led.  All teen programs take place in the YA section, unless otherwise noted.



Young Adult and Adult Programs (Registration Required)


Social Artworking: Young Adult and Adult Painting Party  Monday, August 5th 6:00-8:30:  A fun night for YAs and adults to paint a Modern Bouquet and enjoy refreshments.  This session includes up to 24 people, ages 16 and up.  This program is free and all materials are provided.  Registration begins June 10th. 


YA and Adult Textured Planters: A 2 Part Program: Monday July 29th and Tuesday July 30th 7:00-8:00 (both nights):  Participants can create a texrured planter using paper clay and household objects.  Return the second night to paint your planter and plant a succulent.  This program is free and all materials are provided.  Registration is required and starts June 10th.