Summer Reading Events

In light of the current COVID-19 circumstances, the majority of the Youth Services Department’s Summer Reading Program events will take place virtually or with kits that families take home.  Virtual programs will have links provided in the event descriptions or emailed after registration, and take home kits will be available on the days listed on the calendar.

Teen Events

Weekly Teen Trivia – Join the Teen Advisory Board and Ms. Sara for a weekly Jeopardy-style teen trivia game.  Invite a friend to participate in teams of two, test your trivia knowledge, win a prize and bragging rights!  We will gather weekly via Zoom during the month of July on Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. starting July 9th.  Register your team to participate in as many weeks as you would like.

Children’s Events

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Summer Reading Kick-Off!!  Sciencetellers-Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress -  A long time ago in a faraway world, two brave villagers go on a daring journey to release the dragons and save the kingdom from the Evil Ice Sorceress. When things don’t go as planned, however, they might need to look to themselves (and to science!) for the answer. Don’t miss this fun fantasy adventure featuring awesome dry ice experiments to bring the story to life!  Premiering on Monday, June 29th at 6:00 p.m., the link for the Sciencetellers program video will be posted here as well as on our social media pages and available to watch throughout the summer.

Virtual Storytime – Starting Tuesday, June 30th at 10:30 a.m., Virtual Story Time will take place on Tuesdays in July.  Streaming live on Facebook, we will sing songs, read stories, play games, and more.  Find our past videos on the library’s Facebook page @naplibrary and join the NAPL Virtual Story Time group to view.  Best suited for ages 1.5 – 5.

All-Ages Story & Chat – Beginning Wednesday, July 1st at 10:30 a.m., Ms. Nancy will host a Zoom-based Story & Chat for kids of all ages every Wednesday through July and August. Each week several stories will be read and a time for discussion and reflection on the weekly theme will be encouraged.  Please note: there will no crafts provided for Story & Chat at this time.  Register here to receive the Zoom link.

Science in the Summer – GSK Science in the Summer™ is going virtual!  Berkshire Museum is once again partnering with GSK and the North Adams Public Library to offer this hands-on program free of charge.

Through hands-on experiments, kids will learn about chemical reactions and the many professions that use chemistry every day.  Sign up here and your summer learner will receive access to pre-recorded informational videos, pre-packaged kits of materials, and live hangouts with our museum educators. So, grab your goggles and get ready to Be A Chemist!

During the month of July, science kit pickup will take place between 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Mondays at the North Adams Public Library.  Educator hangouts via Zoom will be on Friday mornings from 10:00 am – 11:00 am.  Registration is required.

Crafternoon – Weekly take-home craft kits based on the summer reading theme will be available for pickup at the library between 11:00 am – 1:00 p.m. Wednesdays in July starting July 8th.  Email us pictures of your completed crafts (naplyouth@northadams-ma.gov) and we will post to our summer reading page and social media!  While supplies last.

Lego Stories – Starting Thursday, July 9th at 1:30 p.m. for the month of July, we will post a weekly Lego challenge for kids to do at home!  Based on the summer reading theme, we will tell stories, create magical lands, and more.  Email us pictures of your Lego Stories (naplyouth@northadams-ma.gov) and we will post them to our summer reading page and social media!  

Comics Doodling Workshop -Presented by cartoonist and art educator, Cara Bean, this playful workshop via Zoom invites participants to draw and sketch in an open and relaxed environment. We begin with a few simple sketching games meant to inspire our imagination. As the session progresses, we generate interesting characters and settings. We then explore how words and pictures can come together to build a basic narrative. Participants write and draw their own stories inspired by their drawings. The final sketches they create culminate in a complete creative experience and are often surprising and always fun.  Takes place on Tuesday, July 14th 1:00 – 2:15 PM.  Best suited for ages 8-11. Registration is required.

Summer Reading Wrap Up Party with The Puppet Brigade – Puppeteer Gordon Holey uses his handcrafted puppets to tell “The Storybook”.  This interactive tale is about a storyteller who has lost his storybook, and has to use his memory, knowledge of how stories are put together, and a lot of help from the audience to guide the audience through three stories: A classic fairytale, a folk story, and an adventure story.  The show will take place on Monday, August 3rd at 6:00 pm.  Stayed tuned to our website and social media for details about where and how the program will take place.